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Natural Heritage

Suances belongs to a natural region called ‘Coast Strip’ or ‘La Marina’. Even though it is a very populous township, it has a number of attractions for those who love nature, due to the great accessibility and observation facilities presented by the coast.

Ría

 The coastal landscape is full of cliffs, except for San Martin firth. This ecosystem is a temporary refuge for migratory birds, which gives us the opportunity to observe some species which are rare in Cantabria. Besides, many bird species inhabit this estuary all throughout the year. Therefore, this area has a great ornithological value.

 Vegetation in the marsh areas consists of species who live next to saline waters, such as common reed, rush or purslane.

Isla ConejoIn cliffs and coastal islets, the herring gull and the European shag are bird species very common in this ecosystem. But we will also see species from other ecosystems which take refuge in the cliffs, for instance, peregrine falcons and common kestrels. At the fringes, the stable natural vegetation is the Atlantic heath: woody shrubs and sub-shrubs, such as gorse and heather.

  

Playa Tablia

On the beaches and coastal sands, vegetation is herbaceous. Since sands are mobile, the plant species that live in them, such as spurge, garden orach or wild radish sea, are equally moved. So the vegetation often disappears when autumn and winter arrive, emerging elsewhere next summer.

Due to the scarce vegetal cover, the most interesting animals from a faunal point of view are reptiles, such as green lizard and Bedriaga's skink, birds such as golden plover, common tern and seagull and invertebrates such as sand fleas.

PraderíasFinally, we must not forget the meadow lands, the largest ecosystem in the municipality because of the gentle topography. We will find grasslands with eucalyptus and some native trees in their boundaries.

Besides, we can find some predatory mammals such as, hedgehog and fox, and some birds which take refuge in eucalyptus forests.

 

STROLLING

Suances:

The surroundings of the lighthouse, the park in ‘Punta del Dichoso’ and the Torco defensive walls make up an ideal place to enjoy the sea breeze and beautiful sea views.

Another interesting place for walking is La Ribera and the dock area. You can even reach the Landscape Park, connected to the pedestrian and cycling lane.

You could also come close to La Cuba neighbourhood to enjoy its charm and peep from the scenic overlook, which offers excellent views of the village. Moreover, from this area you can take ‘Fuente de Enmedio shortcut’ which leads you to La Ribera.

Punta del Dichoso y Faro Paseo del Muelle Parque paisajístico
Punta del Dichoso y Faro

 

Paseo del Muelle

 

Parque Paisajístico

 

Carril Bici Vistas desde La Cuba Bajada de la Fuente de Enmedio
Carril Bici Vistas desde la Cuba Bajada de la
Fuente de Enmedio

Hinojedo:

Strolling along country paths and the surroundings of the estuary or climbing to the ‘Masera’, are only a few examples of what visitors can discover and enjoy in this charming town.

Cortiguera:La Masera

You can also climb to the ‘Masera’ from Cortiguera and you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole village and the mouth of the river Saja-Besaya.

Puente Avíos:

It is a pleasure to walk through its quiet paths, used by the pilgrims to go from Ongayo to Santillana del Mar on the Route of Santiago de Compostela.

Tagle:

Visitors can enjoy an idyllic walk through green fields, paths and trails that run all over Tagle, as they allow us to enjoy the beautiful coast. ‘El Sable’ beach or a walk by the sea on Punta Ballota will also provide unforgettable memories.

Ongayo:

You will be surprised by a calm landscape and a gentle slope covered by green meadows. We should visit Santiago church and ‘Churreta Fountain’, which has been recently restored and it has become a place for leisure.