Barcena Mayor is a medieval village and is is the only village in the Saja Reservation. At one time it was very difficult to access the village but now the road to the village has been improved and it is now one of the most visited towns in the Cantabrian interior.
Barcena-Mayor is popular with walkers and there are a number of hiking trails out from the village. The trails lead out through the beech and oak forests of the Saja-Besaya Natural Park.
Whilst here you can buy some delicious local products such as cheese, honey and wild boar salami. There are also a couple of restaurants in Barcena Mayor and so you can stop and enjoy lunch before heading back.
The village is so well preserved that it has been declared a historic artistic site.
The houses of the village are lovely stone houses with the wooden balconies typical of the region. With its cobbled streets and mountain backdrop it really is very pretty.
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