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if you are a Catholic, this is a must

You can walk up, it is a nice hike, not so difficult. This monastery holds the largest pieces of... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
claudia v
Mexico City, Mexico
great find

We loved this stop outside of Potes. We all speak Spanish, so we were able to enjoy the tour in... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Melinda L
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This 17th-century monastery contains what is reputed to be a splinter from Christ's cross.
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

You can walk up, it is a nice hike, not so difficult. This monastery holds the largest pieces of Jesus´s cross known. You can actually kiss a Little bit of it, really really inspiring.

Thank claudia v
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We loved this stop outside of Potes. We all speak Spanish, so we were able to enjoy the tour in Spanish by the Padre. It was fascinating to learn a bit of history of the monastery and the relics.

Thank Melinda L
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Went here instead of the cable car and what a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil place and was truelly touched when touching the cross of Christ.

Thank lambigini
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We drove up to the monastery not really expecting much, but were pleasantly surprised. The main attraction is the Crucis Lignum - a piece of the original cross of Christ. We were given a fun guided tour by one of the monks (in Spanish only),...More

Thank The_Bogtrotter
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We took a car pilgrimage to this monastery, the site of the Crucis Lignum. We drove through the spectacular and rugged scenery of the Peaks of Europe. It’s 3 km from Potes to the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana. This is the endpoint of...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Great surprise to find this monastery up in the Picos de Europa. Entrance is free and a destination of the pieces of the holy cross are in Spanish only.

1  Thank Brian K
Reviewed 20 August 2016

this monastery is well worth a visit if you are interested in history . cantabria was a deserted lpace after the Reconquista, and the monks of this monastery with their hard work were able to bring back christian people in the area. It's an amazing...More

Thank alessandraalex2015
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Just a few km outside Potes on the road towards Fuente De, and well signposted, this is a fabulous place to stop off. No charge for parking or entrance, it has toilets but no cafe or other facilities. I'd recommend visiting early in the morning,...More

3  Thank Judy P
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

A couple of kilometres up a steep road out of Potes, this is an interesting place to spend an hour or so. Free entry with a large car park, access is easy. The monastery is nice and at selected times you can see remnants of...More

Thank michael t
Reviewed 23 June 2016

we like visiting religious sites, not sure why but any from temples to mosques to churches, everyone needs a hobby! This one was not really what I expected being much plainer and less 'monastery ish' than we're used to. Loved the details on the small...More

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