Castle of San Vicente de Argueso

Argüeso, 39212. Hermandad de Campoo de Suso, Cantabria (España).

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Cultural Visit

On a hill and guarding the road that unites the coast with the Kingdom of Castile, rises the Castle of San Vicente de Argueso. Built during the XIII-XV centuries, it represents the most outstanding and ancient example of the Roqueno Castle of Cantabria, being the only interior castle that exists in the Community.

The castle was one of the strengths of Senorio de la Vega from which they defended their interests in Campoo de Suso. In the fifteenth century, he is the owner of the same Don Leonor de la Vega, wife of the Admiral of Castile, Don Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and mother of Inigo Lopez de Mendoza, the illustrious Marques de Santillana, one of the key players in the Castilian politics of that era. He is more known perhaps for the quality of his poetic work. On the death of the Marquis, in 1458, his first born son, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, succeeded him, and thanks to the fidelity shown to the Catholic Monarchs, he was appointed in 1475 Duke of the Infantado, Marques de Argueso and Campoo. From then on, the castle became the seat of the Marquesado de Argueso, which was organized under an administration that was independent in some respects from that of the Merindad de Campo. Don Mariano Tellez Giron, Duke of Osuna and the last Marques owner of the castle, sold the castle in 1873. Ever since then passing through different hands. The last owner of the castle, Dona Teresa Rabago, donated the castle to the City Council of the Brotherhood of Campoo de Suso in 1962 with the "only" condition is that the castle would be renovated. They are still the owners of the fortress until this day.

Declared a Cultural Interest Property in 1983, the castle was restored by the Town Council of the Brotherhood of Campoo de Suso and the Regional Government.

On the occasion of this restoration in 1988, highlighting the great artisanal work done on the noble wood by the Sobaler family and their team of local craftsmen (artisans). They found in the basement of the south tower and the walls of the old chapel of the martyr San Vicente (S. IX), around which a necropolis was still visible in the courtyard of the castle.

In August of 1999, the Castle opened its doors to the public, functioning as a cultural centre, hosting both temporary exhibitions, as well as other festivities.

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Schedule

Open every day of the year from Monday to Sunday.

  • From November 01 to March 31:
    • From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00h.
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 17:30h.
  • From April 01 to October 31: from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:30h.
  • From July 16 to August 31: from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30h.

 Closed:

  • January 01 and 06.
  • December  24, 25 and 31.
  • The evening of last Sunday of September. Day of Campoo: Touristic Interest holiday in Reinosa.

It is advisable to check holidays for possible changes.

Location

Address:

Argüeso, 39212. Hermandad de Campoo de Suso, Cantabria (España).

How to get there:

Both from the north and the south, by the Autovía Cantabria - Meseta (A-67) take the exit of Reinosa; Once there, take the CA-183 direction to Alto Campooski station. At km 7 approximately, in the town of Paracuelles, take the road to the right towards Argueso (2 km).

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