Fuente Dé Cable Car: experience, schedules, prices and photos


There are many landscapes that cause astonishment on the road that goes from the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera to Pots already in the valley of Liebana in Cantabria, from impossible panoramas to beautiful charming villages. However, there are two must-sees that every traveler should not neglect. The first is the The Soplao Cave which we were talking about the other day and the other one that will leave you speechless is calledFuente Dé cable car, a real balcony to the Picos de Europa, from which we bring you today our experience and all its practical data (schedules, prices, photos, how to get there ...)

We are in the Cantabrian municipality of Camaleño, near the border with Asturias and past Pots, capital and heart of the Liébana Valley that we have already talked about in a previous article. A spectacular lift to heaven awaits us here. Are you coming to see how far we get? UPDATED 2019

PLANS TO DO IN CANTABRIA:Are you preparing a trip to Cantabria and want to know what else to see and do? We leave you here some articles on what to see in typical towns of Cantabria and some activities to make sure that they will help you organize your trip:

What to see in Potes in 1 day, the heart of Liébana with a beautiful tour to know the most charming corners of Potes.
The Soplao Cave, A must on your trip to Cantabria. We tell you all our experience.
Lebaniego Road, a route full of history to make a normal day, a spectacular day.
12 beautiful villages of Eastern Cantabria, perfect to travel on a quiet and charming route.

You can find more articles like these and other more experiential in the category of Cantabria.

Now yes, do we discover the Fuente Dé Cable Car? Come on!

Fuente Dé, an essential stop on your Cantabrian route

Planning your visit: tickets, price and schedules

We had it clear since we started planning our recent getaway to Cantabria, the Fuente Dé Cable Car had to be among our mandatory stops on the itinerary. From its construction in 1962, devised by the president of the Spanish Mountaineering Federation of the time (originally from the Region of Liebana) until its inauguration 4 years later, on August 21, 1966, the cable car of Fuente Dé has become a benchmark in this area.

He Fuente Dé cable car lifts you in less than four minutes, with considerable speed, at a height of 1850 meters, saving a slope of approximately 800 meters. With this, you can imagine the incredible views you can have in this "quasi" vertical climb that takes you to one of the entrances to the Picos de Europa.

The cabins have capacity for 20 people and its point of difference is that it consists of a single section which makes it be considered the longest cable car in Europe.


It is recommended book the TICKETS in advance (same as with your entrance to El Soplao Cave), especially depending on the dates on which you are going to travel: holidays, bridges and various parties always have a higher occupancy. The Entrance to the Fuente Dé Cable Car You can buy it from here: book with total time flexibility for the specific day and, if there are places, you can book up to two days before.

The SCHEDULES generals are from 9 to 20 hours every day of the week in high season and until 6 pm in autumn and winter, with the last climb always 15 minutes before. On December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1 and 6 the cable car will remain closed.

To get here you must leave Potes behind and following the N-621 road we will reach its final point that is precisely Fuente Dé. Are we all already located? What do you want to "climb to the heights" even if you are virtually with us?

A stop to catch energy ... cooked lebaniego in the restaurant El Oso!

A proposal from several readers who "we took the glove" was the opportunity to try that cooked lebaniego so famous for these parts in one of the most recommended places (and we'll talk about in a dedicated article), The Restoring Cosgaya Bear.

Cosgaya is located exactly 12 minutes from Fuente De and is an excellent option both before and after the experience as well as having enough parking. It is advisable to book in high season, yes.

Fuente Dé Cable Car, a whole experience of "vertigo"

Our experience in Fuente Dé

In our planning, we wait to get on the cable car on a sunny day because we were guaranteed the incredible views and certainly enjoy this beautiful "vertical walk" one hundred percent.


The best time to get on the Fuente Dé cable car is first thing to be able to contemplate the clouds that are below the viewpoint. Another good option may be last to watch the spectacular sunset from up there. If you want to know in advance at what time the sunset will be you can check the timeanddate website for Cantabria.

As far as possible leave open the possibility of the day of the visit because if I did fog nothing would be seen (we know that it is not always possible to do so). Now they have a webcam installed through which you can see previously if there is fog or not, check it before to know how the weather is there.

We decided to go after lunch, first thing in the afternoon, where we also found that there were very few people. Once we got there we left the car in a ample parking and we find facilities totally prepared to spend a few hours of the most pleasant. Well, there we were buying the tickets to try the "most vertical" cable car we have been in ... passengers on the train !!!

The cabins have for us. lovers of photography and video, a big hit and that is that the crystals are "tinted" so this spectacular landscape comes out a little "in blue" but it is also worth photographing the way up

and the down. We assume that it will make some sense as to alleviate the effects of vertigo or similar (although we do not know it - if someone knows to tell us about it)

In addition to the cable car itself, it has two coffee shops (one at the entrance, Fuente Dé and another at the upper station, El Cable), a souvenir shop and the exterior viewpoint, el Áliva, in which you will test the vertigo that you may have (if you dare) and to which we go as soon as you reach the top

Once at the summit you can imagine the reception we had, nothing more and nothing less than the Picos de Europa. Impossible not to recreate a while in the view and enjoy the purest air of nature.

Fuente Dé provided us with an exciting afternoon delighting in the peace and tranquility of the beautiful landscapes of this Cantabrian treasure.

Hiking trails from Fuente Dé

We take the opportunity to take a short walk and discover that also From here you can make hiking or climbing routes for the more adventurous. One of them and at the same time very popular is the descent of what we ascend with the cable car but there are many more that we happen to number:

- Circuit around the Peña Remoña (Las Berrugas, Pedabejo, Liordes pass, Funnel channel)
- Trail or Valdebaró road 22km from Fuente Dé to Santo Toribio de Liebana
- Ascension to the Alto de la Triguera
- Jenduda Canal

More information of interest to complete your day

How to get to Fuente Dé?

Very simple, once in Potes take the CA-185 road and after about 24 kilometers (about 25 minutes) we arrive at Fuente Dé. No loss is all very well marked

The parking is ample and you should not find problems parking

Where to eat near Fuente Dé?

Some of the most recommended options for eating in the area are:

El Oso Restaurant. The site we choose and we will talk to you in detail. A success for the eyes, since it is a very cool place to eat and taste the cooked lebaniego or the best meat in the area. Excellent quality-quantity-price although for higher budgets.
Mesón Los Llanos. Excellent homemade food, better treatment, unbeatable location and affordable prices are what make this inn a highly recommended option to consider.
Rebeco Restaurant. One step away from the cable car in a privileged environment we have this highly recommended option and where we can try the Lebanese and mountain cuisine.

However, you already know our opinion that any inn or restaurant that has a menu of the day is usually an excellent option throughout Cantabria.

Where to sleep near Fuente Dé?

Some highly recommended accommodation options, without having to travel too much, to enjoy Fuente Dé can be:

Aliva Hotel Shelter. Family hotel next to the cable car in the heart of the Picos de Europa. From € 32
Parador de Fuente Dé. Next to the base of the cable car with homemade dishes as well as comfortable rooms. From € 66

Older people have the option of staying in the same Pots of which you have all the information in "What to see in Potes in 1 day, heart of Liébana (with map)"

With this we believe that we have put "long teeth" to Get to know Fuente Dé and its cable car, what are you waiting for to pack? Have you already planned your trip to Cantabria?

Isaac and Paula, from Fuente Dé (Cantabria)