The bridge of wishes in San Vicente de la Barquera


This is the name given to the Puente de la Maza. It is said that if you cross it while holding your breath and making a wish, it will come true

There are bridges that have their own name, but to which the popular ideology ascribes another name that, on many occasions, is used to refer to the construction. This is what happens in San Vicente de la Barquera with the Puente de la Maza, also known as the Bridge of Wishes.

The Puente de la Maza is the most famous bridge in San Vicente de la Barquera. It was built between the 15th and 16th centuries by order of the Catholic Monarchs and is 500 metres long, supported by 28 semicircular arches, although it eventually had a total of 32. As a curiosity, in its place there was previously another bridge, in this case made of wood, dating from the 6th century AD.

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Its construction meant a radical change for the communications of the whole region, as well as altering the urban morphology of San Vicente de la Barquera forever.
At the time, it was catalogued as one of the most impressive works of naval engineering, given that it connects San Vicente de la Barquera to the length and breadth of the San Vicente estuary. Furthermore, from this bridge you can enjoy privileged views of the estuary. During the San Vicente festivities, the fireworks display is launched from this bridge, decorating the sky and offering images worthy of being enjoyed.

But the Puente de la Maza is also known as the Bridge of Wishes. Tradition has it that if you cross it holding your breath while making a wish, it will come true.

Why don’t you check it out? 😊

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