So much pottery, too little space to carry it all home! This store specialized in pretty delicate pieces, many in the shape of little women. Louisa May Alcott would be proud.
What to buy: I bought some lovely little bowls for some friends.
This store is just adorable. It's a small space packed full of wonderful gifts for friends, family or YOU. It sells the usual gift-shop type of items like jewelry, artwork, key chains, etc. However, they're not the cheesy mass produced items and they seemed to be all locally made.
What to buy: I was drawn immediately to the hand crafted soaps and got some of those. Then I spotted postcards of pen and ink drawings of many of Santillana's architectural features, printed on beautiful and thick bond paper. I got several of those and then I noticed hand made earrings of roses, made out sculpting paste in different sizes and colors. I got a pair of those for a friend who I knew would love them.
If I ever go back to Santillana, I will definitely shop here again.
There are about thousand persons living in Santillana and many of them do live from tourism. One should not be surprised finding a large number of tourist shops over the place. Without this tourist activity Santillana would probably be a ruin.
One finds a number of shops with the excellent Cantabrian cheeses who do compete with the better known "Manchego" cheeses. There are 3 types:
- Queso de Cantabria.
- Queso Picón Bejes-Tresviso based on a mix of cow, sheep and goat milk and matured in natural lime caves at an altitude between 500 and 2000 m.
- Quesucos de Liébana, the most popular of Cantabria, of small size, elaborated from mixtures of milk of cow, sheep and goat, of typical flavour, especially if they are smoked by juniper wood.
Anchoas (anchovies) de Santona are another speciality of the Cantabrian coast, becoming rather expensive now that fishing of this species is severally restricted by the EU.
Orujo is a sweet and aromatic type of aguardiente (or "marc" in French) made in Potes since immemorial times from the residue left after pressing the grapes.
It is served here in mini beer glasses called "chupito" a word which seems linked to French "chope" or beer mug.