Comillas Travel Guide

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Comillas Things to Do

  • Plaza Corro Campíos

    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.

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  • Capricho de Gaudi

    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...

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  • Plaza Joaquín del Piélago and...

    While my friends went into the tourist office I explored this plaza. It was lovely!The tourist office is located in the ayuntamiento (city hall) which is pictured here.

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  • Palacio de Sobrellano

    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...

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  • El Capricho

    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...

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  • El Capricho of Gaudí

    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...

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  • FISHING PORT

    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.

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  • OLD TOWN

    Comillas has a nice old town, no worse than Santilla's, which is about 20 minutes by car.Walk around the streets and have some tapas with wine could be a good lunch option.

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  • CAPRICHO DE GAUDI

    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...

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  • Natural park of Oyambre

    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.

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  • Universidad Pontificia de Comillas

    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,...

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  • El Panteon

    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.

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  • Palacio de Sobrellano

    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 - 21hOther months 10.30 - 13.30h and 16 - 19.30 closed Mondays and Tuesdays.Price 3 €

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  • El Caprichio del Gaudi

    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...

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  • The ponticificial university

    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...

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  • Acces to the University

    The pontificial university stands on top of a hill that dominates the whole town. The views are awesome.

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  • Palace of Sobrellano

    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.

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  • Church of Saint Christopher.

    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.

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Comillas Hotels

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  • Josein

    Cl Manuel Noriega 27, Comillas, 39520, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hosteria El Pomar - Novales

    Alfoz de Lloredo, Comillas, 39526, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Comillas

    Paseo de Solatorre 1, Comillas, Cantabria, 39520, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Comillas Restaurants

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    Eating there may inspire you 1 more image

    by garridogal Updated Nov 22, 2010

    I'm not a churro fan so I had cafe con leche. But....the others who had the churros said they were much better than the ones in Madrid.

    Plus, it's right on the plaza and you can sit and watch the Comillanos (?) go about their lives and just enjoy yourself in the afternoon sun...

    So there.

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Comillas Transportation

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    by DanielF Written Mar 28, 2003

    The only public transportation to Comillas is the bus. There are several buses per day from Santander, but for your convenience and comfort, it is advisable to have your own transport. Comillas is at about 80 km from Santander.

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Comillas Shopping

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    I came, I shopped, I did not tocar.

    by garridogal Updated Jun 26, 2013

    This was like a grocery store plus. There was a fresh produce area where you could buy cheese and other fresh food items. However, they also had local food products wrapped up for travel. In the adjoining portion of the store, souvenirs were sold. And in the back section, leather goods and rugs could be found.

    What to buy: I bought some candy to bring back to the US and some cake for us to eat there. Cheese and some other goodies were also purchased for our consumption. Yum...

    To find it, just look for the cow that you cannot tocar!

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Comillas Local Customs

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    by DanielF Written Mar 28, 2003

    In small towns, life keeps a slow path. Everybody knows each other and if two people meet, they will stop for a small chat.

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Comillas Off The Beaten Path

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    by DanielF Written Mar 27, 2003

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    You can get lost in the small streets of the town and look for places with a gorgeous view of the coast, like by this small church.

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Comillas Favorites

  • Gaudi!

    While searching for *the* Gaudi in Comillas we passed the street named after him. Well.... we just knew that we had to be close!

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  • Lovely bar

    We didn't visit this bar/restaurant but I had to include a photo of it. The tiles, wood work, and flowers just caught our attention. So pretty!

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  • Monument to the Marquis of Comillas.

    Antonio López López, the first Marquis of Comillas was one of the most important men in XIX century Spain. His origins were not aristocratic at all. On the contrary, he was born in a very humble family. so humble indeed, that he had to look for a better life in Cuba. He was a self-made man and returned to Spain with a considerable fortune. He...

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