Laredo, Puebla Vieja desde la Atalaya
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Laredo, Puebla Vieja desde la Atalaya

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A: Laredo, calle San Marcial

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 210 meters away

Laredo, calle San Marcial

B: Laredo, Atalaya

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 250 meters away

Laredo, Atalaya

C: Laredo - Plaza Vieja

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 270 meters away

Laredo - Plaza Vieja

D: Laredo, puerto deportivo

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 310 meters away

Laredo, puerto deportivo

E: Laredo. calle Ruamayor

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 320 meters away

Laredo. calle Ruamayor

F: Laredo - Puebla Vieja

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 370 meters away

Laredo - Puebla Vieja

G: Laredo, Plaza de La Constitucion

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 410 meters away

Laredo, Plaza de La Constitucion

H: Laredo, Cantabria

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 660 meters away

Laredo, Cantabria

I: Laredo - Hotel Torre de Laredo

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 880 meters away

Laredo - Hotel Torre de Laredo

J: Laredo - Playa (El Puntal)

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 3.6 km away

Laredo - Playa (El Puntal)

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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