The Mediaeval town of Potes in the Picos de Europa

Potes is a small town in the far east of the Picos de Europa Natural Park in northern Spain. It lies in a valley with two rivers running through the town: the Quiviesa, and the main river, the Deva. It has an important town because of its location –  on the route through the mountains from the coast to inland areas and towns.

Potes, town, river

The San Cayetano Bridge over the River Quiviesa in Potes

The La Carcel Bridge over the River Quiviesa (L) with the River Deva (R)

Bridges, river

Both the old bridges in Potes

Bridge River

The modern bridge over the River Deva, next to the San Raimundo Convent

A village was founded in the area in 8C and a city was established in 13C. It was originally owned by a son of Alfonso XI, and subsequently the Marquis of Santillana and his descendents, the Dukes of Infantada. (The Tower of Infantada is mid-15C.) In the 20C the town had a less happy time during the Civil War, but no hint of that remains in today’s tourist hot spot.

Potes in 1937, Spain

Potes in 1937 after attacks by Franco’s forces, and governments forces: https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb31749071

Mediaeval tower in Potes

The Infantada Tower in Potes

There are several other towers and mansions in the town, with imposing crests on their facades. They are in a maze of streets, twisting against the hillside, above the rivers.

Mediaeval tower house

Oregon de la Lama Tower (with red banners on the facade) from across the river

The Cultural Centre – the Casona de la Canal of the 17C/18C

Balcony, flowers, coat of arms

Coat of Arms on the Casona de la Canal, near the Tower of Oregon de la Lama

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms on a mansion in the Calle Obispo

The Tower of Osorio in the Calle Marcial

The Tower of Osorio in the Calle Marcial

It is fun to just wander through the streets!

The Calle el Sol

In the Calle del Sol

An old farm and mill at the San Cayetano Bridge

An old farm and mill at the San Cayetano Bridge

The river Deva in Potes and the La Carcel Bridge

The river Deva in Potes and the La Carcel Bridge

The Convent of San Raimundo de Peñafort was founded in 1608 by a Dominican Friar called Fray Toribio Vélez de las Cuevas, and was actually a monastery, despite its name. The nearby monasteries at San Toribio and Frama didn’t offer pastoral care, and this was the aim behind establishing the new Convent.

The former Convent of San Raimundo

The former Convent of San Raimundo

There are two churches, both named San Vicente. The old church is now the tourist office and an exhibition space, and the new church is the parish church, with altarpieces from the Convent of San Raimundo.

The new Church of San Vicente

The new Church of San Vicente

The interior of the Church of San Vicente

This a town in which to just wander, enjoy the views, and perhaps linger over coffee, lunch, or with a drink.

The view from the top of the town towards the Picos de Europa at Fuente De

Do visit if you plan a trip to Northern Spain!

Further information
Interesting blogsite, with lovely photographs!
Lots of information on Potes