Santoña, Victoria and Joyel Marshes

At the height of summer is not the best period of the year to visit this Natural Park of the Cantabrian Coast if you want to enjoy the wide variety of birds which it can host.

Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea Cinerea
Grey Heron

The real heyday occurs well into winter, when up to 120 bird species choose to spend the coldest months of the year in their waters, many of them fleeing from the severity of the winter in Northern Europe. Still, we went there in the hope that we were able to observe the Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) that were being detected that week around Santoña and Escalante. We did not succeed, but we enjoyed watching a group of Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) probing in the slime, a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) “harpooning” small mullets, Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta) looking incessantly for unsuspecting preys or large Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) having a rest on the farthest part of the marsh.

On the gastronomic side, we made a remarkable discovery at lunch time: Sarabia Restaurant in Escalante. This family business is pleasantly managed and eager to share their good work. We had a break from Coal Grilled Tuna and “Rabas” (battered and fried squid strips) which we were enjoying daily along the western coast of Cantabria and we tried the specialty of the house, “Fabes con Almejas” (white beans with clams)… first class home cuisine.

We will be back in winter to enjoy Loons (Gaviiformes), Mergansers (Mergus), Scoters (Melanitta) and all the culinary wonders that this land offers!

We are moving now.

We will tell everybody where we are once we arrive.