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