Alceda was formed by the sum of ten councils located in the center of the Royal Valley of Torazno, on the bank of the Pas River.

The population was under a regime of behetry (they had the right to elect their lord) and over the centuries they fought to protect it from those usurpers who tried to subdue them under a lordly regime, as the Manrique, who finally managed to annex the territory to the County of Castañeda.

These struggles gave rise to the so-called Lawsuit of the Valleys. They fought for their freedom, which was not recognized until the late eighteenth century. The municipality was consolidated in 1835 with the current dimensions and names.

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This region is irrigated by numerous straight streams that fall down a relatively steep slope and that endow the area with that green landscape typical of fertile areas. From the benches along the river we can contemplate this relaxing landscape.

In the lower areas, next to the Pas, most of the population is distributed, thus marking the characteristics of its landscape formed by crops, meadows and riverside vegetation, mainly poplars. In the higher areas, with fewer neighborhoods, the scarce scrub and manicured meadows alternate with the abundant pine and eucalyptus plantations. Oak and beech forests are still preserved, especially in the headwaters of streams such as Requeda and El Cuadro.

Due to its uniqueness we must highlight the Alceda Park, a magnificent place created as a service to the Alceda Spa and converted into an authentic botanical garden with a series of exotic trees alternated with other native trees. Of its wooded along its 7 hectares of extension stand out the conifers by quantity and the lindens by variety.

On the other hand, in the area you will find multiple possibilities for tourism: Nature Park of Cabárceno (32 Km), Prehistoric Caves of El Castillo and Las Monedas (15 Km), Santillana del Mar (35 Km), Cueva del Soplao (73 Km), Vega de Pas (14 Km), San Vicente de la Barquera (45 Km) and, of course, the capital of La Montaña, Santander (42 Km), among many others.

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