While two of the girls went shopping the other two and I sat in this plaza. The sun was shining, people of all ages were enjoying the weather and it was a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy Comillas.
These are the kind of moments I always relish.
On the same hill as the Palace of Sobrellano was build in 1883 the "Capricho" of the famous Catalan modernistic architect Gaudi. This big villa was built as wedding present for one of the girls of the wealthy marquis of Comillas.
The facades show an alternation of horizontal stripes of red bricks and friezes of ceramics. The extraordinary tower is of course also very representative of Gaudi's imagination.
The "Caprice" of a still young Gaudi was declared historical - artistic monument.
It is presently a "chick" and expensive restaurant.
Sur la même colline que la Palais de Sobrellano se dresse le "Capricho" du célèbre architecte moderniste catalan Gaudi. Cette grande villa fut construite comme cadeau de mariage (d'où le nom "petit caprice") pour l'une des filles du richissime marquis de Comillas.
Les plans sont d'un Gaudi encore jeune. Il y a une alternance horizontale de briques rouges et de frises en céramique, cheminées et tour extraordinaires. Des éléments de décor néo-mudejar.
C'est un monument déclaré artistico-historique qui est aujourd'hui un restaurant "chic" et cher.
We caught the last tour of the day here. It was in Spanish, of course and only two in our group speak the language. However, we were both lost. I don't know if it was the fact that she was in a rush to get out and join her friends for a cerveza or if she's a speed addict but let's just say that we were all lost. Didn't matter. We still followed her from room to room and enjoyed the beauty of the place.
I wasn't able to get a good shot of the whole place because the sun was shining directly on it. Oh well...
Our main mission in Comillas was to find El Capricho, designed by Gaudí. We had a map and followed signs and finally found it....only to discovered that it was closed on Mondays. And, of course, it was a Monday!
To add insult to injury, by the entrance it was practically completely covered by a hideous chain link fence intertwined with what looked like AstroTurf! (We actually saw a lot of these in Spain, to our horror.)
So we gave up and decided to go to Sobrellano palace and guess what? It's right next to El Capricho! Hence, the photos...
Unfortunately, we couldn't go into the building but sometimes you've gotta go with whatever you can get.
Only building designed by Gaudí in Cantabria, and one of the few out of Catalonia. It is an imaginative and beautiful building that was designed as the summer residence of a wealthy unmarried catalan aristocrat.
The building was abandoned for many years, until it was purchased it by a Japanese company that renovated it and turned it into a luxury restaurant. The food is not japanese though.
I guess the fishing was an important activity some years ago in Comillas. Today you can see some lonely fishermen talking about... the weader? Who knows!
The sight of the Bay of Viscay and the cliffs is nice.
A little piece of art by the master of modernirsm, Antoni Gaudi. This instance of imagination was designed by Gaudi for Maximo Diaz de Quijano.
No more than 10 minutes walking from the city certer, just ask to the locals, follow the rest of the tourists or look at de indications hanging everywhere.
The building is a restaurant nowadays, but the entrance to the gardens and look that is free.
Between Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera is the Ría de la Rabia and the beach and dunes of the natural park of Oyambre. A natural place of extraordinary beauty preserved from the urban development speculation.
This enormous neogothic palace on the hill with neomudejar (hispano-arab) decoration elements is a University of the Catholic Church, run for more than one century by the Jesus' Company. The foundation as an ecclesial seminar dates from 1890 by the Marquis de Comillas.
Presently the main faculty's are theology, canon law, human and social sciences, laws, industrial engineering; they are located in Madrid.
This church of neogothic style which looks like a miniature cathedral was build by the second marquis of Comillas to be the pantheon of the family (1881).
The pantheon is located next to the palace.
In 1888 Don Claudio López y López Marquis de Comillas inaugurated his Sobrellano's palace.
The building standing on a hill assembles different architectural trends from the Neo-Gothic, the Venetian palaces and Moresque decorations.
Visits July and August 10 - 21h
Other months 10.30 - 13.30h and 16 - 19.30 closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Price 3 €
Although you cannot tour the inside, this has got to be one of th emost interesting buildings I have ever looked at.
And if you wander around, you'll find Gaudi himself studying his creation.
I am surprised that I could not find these tiles for sale in the tourist shops...
Designed by famous Catalan architects, among which Joan Martorell and Domènech i Montaner are the best known, this huge building is the landmark of Comillas.
The building hosts nowadays no university. It has been abandoned for years and the last time I visited Comillas it was undergoing renovation. I do not remember for what purpose the local authorities will use this beautiful building, but I think they intend to make a cultural centre.
The summer residence of the Marquis of Comillas is a Neo-Gothic palace, designed by the Catalan architect Joan Martorell.
There are guided tours of the palace and the chapel with very illustrative explanations about the history of the palace and the family of the marquis of Comillas.
In the very heart of Comillas, the tower of the Church of Saint Christopher is the highest building in town.
The church, elegant and austere, was built between the XVII and XIX centuries in Barroque and Neo-classical styles.