Val de San Vicente is a municipality located in the autonomous community of Cantabria, Spain.



Val de San Vicente is the westernmost municipality of the Cantabrian coast. Its border to the north is the Bay of Biscay, to the west the Asturian council of Ribadedeva, to the south Herrerías and to the east San Vicente de la Barquera.

The town is located at the mouth of the Deva and Nansa rivers, which empty their waters into the sea in the Tina Mayor and Tina Menor estuaries respectively.

Economy, transportationEdit

The main economic activity results from tourisnm due to the area´s great scenic value. municipality's other source of income on the other hand is the food industry with "corbatas", a traditional puff pastry shaped like "bowties" in Unquera or San Vicente de la Barquera. Depending on the area within Cantabria, the pastry is known by a different name, like "polkas" in Torrelavega and "sacristanes" in Liérganes.[1]

The town is crossed by the Cantabrian Highway and served by the FEVE Santander-Oviedo railway line. On the other hand, in Unquera the main road originates, which connects the region of Liébana with the coast and the rest of Cantabria.

During the Old Regime, the town belonged to the Marquises of Aguilar de Campoo as a manor.


In April 1973 it was announced that "Electra de Viesgo" was going to build the nuclear power plant of Santillán, with four units at a power of four million kilowatts, and an initial cost calculated at 80,000 million pesetas.[2] The company acquired 71.6 hectares of land, the equivalent of 71 soccer fields, in a coastal strip which covered the surface of the municipalities of San Vicente de la Barquera and Val de San Vicente, next to the cove of the beach of La Fuente; on the cliffs of Santillán-Boria a ditch was constructed to carry out the preliminary surveys for the construction of the nuclear power plant.[3] It was scheduled to begin to produce power in 1982, with an output of 970 megawatts.[4] Finally, due to political and social opposition from Cantabria and Asturias, the power company abandoned the project.[5]


Demographic development
1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2006 2011
2.570 2.749 2.575 2.641 2.892 3.026 3.081 2.777 2.408 2.621 2.560 2.670 2.846

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística (España) (INE)


Its 2.670 inhabitant per the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (España) (INE) census from 2006 lived in:


As of 2015, Roberto Escobedo from the Partido Socialista de Cantabria(PSC-PSOE) has been the mayor of the municipality, succeeding Miguel González Vega, who had resigned in March 2012 because he was elected senator in the 2011 national elections. The following tables show the results of the Elections in Spain held in the year 2003 and 2007.[6] In the elections of 2011, the PSOE was again the winner with 55.6% of the votes and 7 councilors. The PP received 3 council seats and the PRC one.


The municipality includes the following sites of cultural interest:

In addition, the 'ruins of the old medieval church of the cemetery'in Portillo are a site of local interest.


  1. ^ Lisa & Tony Sierra Corbatas de Unquera Pastries Recipe 17 September 2017, accessed 20 July 2018
  2. ^ ABC (18 April 1973). "Una central nuclear de cuatro unidades será construida en la costa santanderina". Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ La Nueva España (6 February 2010). "La central nuclear que nunca llegó". Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ El País (5 January 1977). "La empresa General Electric". Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  5. ^ El País (20 January 1983). "Polémica ante el proyecto de construir una central nuclear en San Vicente de la Barquera". Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  6. ^ Resultados electorales de Val de San Vicente, 12 December 2006, ElPaís
  7. ^ DECRETO 39/2004, de 29 de abril, por el que se declara bien de interés cultural, con la categoría de yacimiento arqueológico, a favor del «Castro del Castillo», en Prellezo, (Val de San Vicente) Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado, 29 April 2004

Coordinates: 43°22′39″N 4°29′01″W / 43.37750°N 4.48361°W / 43.37750; -4.48361