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San Vicente de la Barquera desde la Iglesia de Santa María de los Ángeles

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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: San Vicente de la Barquera, Poblado Pesquero

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 20 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, Poblado Pesquero

B: San Vicente de la Barquera, Ria de San Vicente

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 120 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, Ria de San Vicente

C: San Vicente de la Barquera, Bahia

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 150 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, Bahia

D: San Vicente de la Barquera, Puebla Vieja

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 150 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, Puebla Vieja

E: San Vicente de la Barquera, Avda. Miramar

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 190 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, Avda. Miramar

F: San Vicente de la Barquera, Castillo del Rey

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 190 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, Castillo del Rey

G: San Vicente de la Barquera, plaza central

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 250 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera, plaza central

H:

by Martin Duckitt, 420 meters away

I: San Vicente de la Barquera

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 700 meters away

San Vicente de la Barquera

J: San Vicente De La Barquera The Toast Beach

by Martin Duckitt, 830 meters away

San Vicente De La Barquera The Toast Beach

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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