A natural paradise
The Hotel del Oso is in Liébana, a mountainous region of Cantabria which borders the provinces of Asturias, León and Palencia. The Peña Sagra range, the Cordillera Cantábrica mountains and the Picos de Europa rise up to over 2000 metres at their highest, more than 6500 feet above sea level. The Fuente Dé cable car, only just over five miles away from the hotel, takes visitors up to the El Cable lookout point with spectacular views from a height of 1847 metres.
Also close by the hotel is the Santo Toribio de Liébana Monastery, an important site of Catholic pilgrimage because of the relic it contains, the Lignum Crucis, believed to be wood that formed a part of the True Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. As a result, ever since the sixteenth century, the monastery has enjoyed the privilege of celebrating its Jubilee Years at the same time as Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Caravaca de la Cruz. It is also renowned internationally as being where the Commentary on the Apocalypse and other works were written by Saint Beatus of Liébana in the late eighth century when he lived there.
Less than nine miles away is Potes, the regional capital with its well-preserved old quarter, the noblemen’s mansions crowned with their coats of arms, its stone bridges and its historic monuments, in particular the fifteenth-century tower which overlooks the town, the Torre del Infantado.
A perfect place to get away from it all, the Hotel del Oso also offers a conference room with the capacity for thirty people which, alongside the restaurant which seats eighty, makes it an excellent venue for holding meetings, for business lunches and for company get-togethers.