What to see around the hotel
The Arha Reserva del Saja Hotel is located in the region of Saja-Nansa, in a unique, natural and scenic environment which offers its visitors a variety of options.
The region of Saja-Nansa is characterized by its high ecological value. Located between the coast and the mountains of Cabuérniga, Barcena Mayor, Cordel and Peña Sagra, it includes the protected areas of Oyambre Natural Park and the National Reserve of Saja . Guaranteed tranquility and lush nature predominate here. The landscape is dominated by the sinuosity of the folds and steep reliefs. It includes the Nansa and Cabuérniga valleys and is an area with its own personality within the region.
From the mountain to the coast
The coastal strip that stretches from Unquera to San Vicente de la Barquera is characterized by the intense interrelation between marine and cattle environments. In the estuaries of Tinamayor, Tinamenor and San Vicente, the sea penetrates the land, enriching the landscape and customs. It is the best preserved part of the Cantabrian coast, with an important protected natural area as the Oyambre Park. Some of the most deeply rooted to the earth traditions are kept there, as the sport of oxen teams, and to the sea, as the sea procession of La Folía. It is a paradise for ecological, rural and active tourism, with an important historical and artistic heritage.
There are large areas of forest of oak, beech and birch , which provide, in the spring, summer and especially the fall, a surprising colouring. As for wildlife, deer, roe deer, wild boar and fox are plentiful, and in the most remote and secluded areas, often you can spot the presence of the wolf and occasionally the bear. Among the birds are the vulture, grouse and golden eagles, though they are easier to see the buzzard and the kite.
In the fall occurs the deer's "berrea" time when you can hear the mating call of the male of the species; and the "pasá" when the herds of tudancas cows -specie native to the area- meet in their return from the high pastures.
Extensions meadows with grazing dairy cattle extend to the very beaches, some of the longest, lonely and beautiful of all the Cantabric, such as Meron, Gerra or Oyambre. Not even in the months of July and August these beaches get crowded with people, but you will always be sure in the early days of the beach season, in May and June, of enjoying them almost alone. The Oyambre Natural Park has several ecosystems, from the dunes of Oyambre beach, to the forest reserve of Monte Corona, to the estuary of La Rabia, a haven for waterfowl.
In this area there are four towns declared historic and artistic Tudanca, Carmona, Puebla Vieja de San Vicente de la Barquera and Bárcena Mayor, where all the features of traditional architecture are preserved.
The fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera occupies a strategic place inhabited since immemorial time. It has remnants from the early Middle Ages, with walls, fort and church located on a high and defensible place. It is part of the Coastal Way to Santiago de Compostela.