Desfiladero de La Hermida

The twisty road through Desfiladero de La Hermida

Desfiladero de La Hermida is an amazing gorge located in Cantabria, Spain. The gorge is traversed by the twisty N-621 road and is located between the small towns of La Hermida and Panes. It’s one of the most scenic canyon roads of Spain.

This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. This impressive ravine extends for 20km about a basin where the hamlet of la Hermida nestles. The jagged gorge scored by the Deva is so narrow and starved of sunlight as to be bare of vegetation. Before or after passing through the gorges, stop at Nuestra Señora de Lebeña to admire the small 10C Mozarabic church. Potes, a delightful village in an attractive site set in the hollow of a fertile basin against the backdrop of the sharp ridges Cordillera centrale.

The road is paved but narrow. It is characterised by the verticality of its walls and the narrowing of the valley produced by the erosion of Deva River. The notable features of this landscape include the upper valley of the River Deva, and the rock erosion caused by the action of the river, creating a gorge with steep walls that line the river. 


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