The Area

Panes (The Village)

P anes is a town at the gateway to the Picos De Europa National Park, situated next to the river Cares in the base of a 600m valley. The town has a population of about 1000, which is small enough to feel cosy and large enough for a few excellent restaurants and bars. Spanish is the only language spoken in the town, making it perfect for learners… you’ll have to use your Español!!

Enjoy village life, with all the amenities: doctor, pharmacy, bank, bakery, gifts, fishmongers and butchers
Great choice of traditional restaurants and bars
10 minutes to the beach, 5 minutes to Picos de Europa National Park
Nature on your doorstep: beautiful pleasant walk by the river, spot otters, kingfishers, herons, salmon…

And beyond

We want to show you another side of Spain: rustic, mountainous, with abundant wildlife… and yes, sometimes, the occasional refreshing shower! The North of Spain, relatively untouched from foreign tourism, is a green coast stretching from the Pyrenees in the East to the fishing towns of Galicia in the West. The main cities are the industrial Bilbao, in the Basque Country, Santander, Oviedo and the famous Santiago de Compostela on the far western coast (this being the end of the famous Camino de Santiago Pilgrims’ route). The Picos de Europa form a mountain range rising straight up from the Atlantic beaches. The limestone mountains are a maze of 300m deep canyons, awe-inspiring peaks, caves and crystal clear water running in the rivers at the base. Within the Picos de Europa National Park are wolves, bears, vultures and eagles, to name a few (although the wolves and bears are unlikely to be spotted, which may be a good thing!). There are also plenty of quiet villages and small towns full of history. The National Park is a real treat and is the main reason we opened our school in Panes, as well as our family links with the area.

For more information, have a look at the Wikipedia entries about the National Park and Picos de Europa. You can also check out the Council’s website, which has more info on the area and things to do, including some walks from Panes and villages in the County.

Getting to Panes

Our closest international airport is Santander (at a 45-minute drive from Panes). We also provide a transfer service from Bilbao and Asturias airports (around 2 hours’ drive). You can check available national and international connections here.

There are public transport links to Panes from all three airports:

You can check bus services from Bilbao, Oviedo and Santander to Unquera (which is only 10k from Panes) here.
For direct buses from Santander to Panes, please check this link.​

You can get to Torrelavega from all major Spanish cities via train.

Santander, Gijón and Bilbao are international ferry destinations too.

These are the prices of the transfer service:

destination single return distance
Santander 60€ 120€ 80 kms
Torrelavega 48€ 96€ 55 kms
Unquera 12€ 24€ 10 kms
Bilbao/Asturias 120€ 240€ 170 kms

What to do in Panes

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