Santillana Travel Guide

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Santillana Highlights

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     Amazingly preserved medieval city 

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     I'll bet it gets really packed with tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     A charming ancient town around a Romanesque architectural jewel ~ Un encantador pueblo antiguo en torno a una joya arquitectónica románica 

Santillana Things to Do

  • Beautiful Streets of Santillana

    It could be said Santillana del Mar on its own is a museum. Just walking around it is a treat. The streets are narrow and the structures have a weathered look that makes you wonder what they could disclose if they could talk...

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  • Santa Juliana collegiate church.

    The renown of Santillana finds its origin in the “Santa Juliana” collegiate church built over an old hermitage which guarded the remains of Holy Juliana, martyr in times of Diocletian. From the name of the Saint derived the name of the town.The actual church was built in the 12th century in a Romanesque style. The cloister was constructed in the...

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  • Calle del Canton

    From this coble stone street (like all streets of Santillana) going down to the collegiate church, you will have a nice view on the monastery. On the left is the Casa de Valdivieso from 18th c., transformed in the hotel*** and restaurant "Altamira".Further down Calle del Canton shows a collection of “casonas” (the old typical houses owned by the...

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  • Torre de Don Borja

    The Plaza shows two towers:The Torre del Merino is a defensive tower from the 14th c. and the Torre de Don Borja mainly from the 15th c. belonged at the origin to the Barreda family.Today this tower belongs to the Santillana foundation and has been transformed in a cultural centre.To the left of this tower is the Ayuntamiento or town hall.In front...

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  • Casa Barreda-Bracho on Plaza Ramon...

    When arriving from Santander by the CA-131, the entrance of the medieval village is on the right with an obligatory parking for non-residents of the pedestrian only centre.By the Calle Juan Infante one arrives at the Plaza Ramon Pelayo which is the plaza mayor of Santillana.The first building on the right is the Casa Barreda - Bracho build in the...

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  • New Altamira Cave and Museum - ...

    The present museum, at 2 km outside Santillana with a large free parking space, was opened in 2001. It is organized around two main areas; the New Altamira Cave and the galleries dedicated to "The Times of Altamira". In the former visitors can see how the cave looked 15,000 years ago, including the reconstruction of a palaeolithic camp, an...

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  • Altamira Cave (original) - Cueva...

    Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola's discovery of the paintings in the cave (2 km from the centre of Santillana) in 1879 was the first discovery of Palaeolithic cave art. Bison, horses, deer, hands and mysterious signs, both painted and engraved, are the artistic expression of the inhabitants of the cave 15,000 years ago, in the Upper Palaeolithic. The...

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  • Medieval Plaza Mayor

    I guess I could precede every tip for Santillana del Mar with the word medieval. That would be annoying so I won't. I'll just leave it on this tip.That being said, here are some photos of said plaza. Enjoy.

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  • Church of the Colegiata

    The most impressive structure in Santillana del Mar is the Church of the Colegiata. You almost expect a knight in full metal jacket to come out of it.It's Gothic and moody and wonderful!

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  • Santillana - Out and about in town.

    There are not many streets in Santillana to get lost in, but try as there are a few objects and buildings scattered here and there if you follow your nose a little.The Cantabrian coat of arms seen here was found on a wall a couple of hundred metres behind the monastery unknown to many. I showed the photo in the Information centre, as I didn't know...

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  • Santillana - Around the monastery.

    Up by Santa Juliana monastery there are further pieces of 14th and 15th century buildings. There is a very old wash-house in the middle of the calle del Rio , the Velarde palace (15th century) and other nobles houses.

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  • Santillana - Around Plaza Mayor.

    The Plaza Mayor (plaza de Ramon Pelayo) in Santillana is not that big but has some interesting buidings around it. The towers of Merino and Borj-Barreda are 14th century and others 17th and 18th.

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  • ALTAMIRA CUEVA & MUSEUM.

    Je crois qu'il faut être réaliste et que sauf des scientifiques le public ne verra plus les grottes préhistoriques originales d'Altamira. Dans le texte ci-joint du site officiel www.museodealtamira.mcu.es"En la actualidad se está procediendo a la realización de un nuevo estudio de las condiciones de conservación de la cueva de Altamira, por lo que...

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  • Costa de Cantabria.

    Santillana del Mar n’est distante que d’une quinzaine de Km de l’Océan Atlantique. C’est la Costa de Cantabria à hauteur de la cité balnéaire bien connue de Santander ou plus à l’Ouest la Costa Verde. Cette côte est orientée au nord sur le Golfe de Gascogne et offre une belle alternance de plages et de rochers. C’est une côte peu ensoleillée qui...

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  • COLEGIATA DE SANTA JULIANA

    It´s probably the most representative building of the village. It was built arond VIII and IX centuries.Most of the building is romanic but it has some barroque and renacentist details too

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  • SANTILLANA CAVE

    Five minutes by car from Santillana´s city center we´ll find Altamira Caves, where there are some of the best conserved Hight Paleolithic paintings. Imagin, they are so well conserved that they were considered false!!! To reach the caves just take Jesus de Tagle St, then continue by A. Sandy avenue and follow the indications. Nowadays the cave is...

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  • MUSEO DE LA INQUISICION

    Here you'll find some of the most horrible european capital punishment and torture instruments ever used. For example: the guillotine, chasity belts, the ladder rack, the iron maiden, judas cradle, etc.Really interesting, the museum is quite little but very recomendable.Unfortunatelly taking pics is not allowed.It's open every day from 10am to...

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  • A QUICK CITY TOUR

    A good way to have a quick look to the village could be this one:1-. We'll start in the tourist information office in Jesus de Otero St, next to the car park area.2-. Turn left in Gandare St. Go strainght there, and turn right in Calle de la Carrera St.3-. In this street you'll find some of the most importat things in the place, such as,...

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Santillana Hotels

Santillana Restaurants

  • The Merluza melted in my mouth!

    Santillana del Mar is full of places to stay and eat. Perhaps it speaks to the quality of food in Spain and how hard it is to find a bad meal, or maybe we were just lucky to have picked Mater Asturias. We were able to get a table at the outdoor patio in the back, they had cider, and the food was so good! I had a vegetable dish for my first dish...

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  • MENU OF THE DAY

    Santillana is full of restaurants where you´ll have the oportunity of taste the local food.If you want to spend a good money on a meal you can eat "a la carta". It means that you choose whatever you want from the menu. This option if most of the times better than the "menu del día", but logically it´s also more expensive. In this way you can spend...

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  • Superb "parilla's"

    We recommend the restaurant Casa Cossio, near the church, superb "parilla's" (grilled on barbecue) of tasteful meat. The pork ribs are the speciality. The menu is translated in English, French and German. Waitresses are efficient but speak only Spanish.Tourists may complain that Spaniards are not very clever on foreign languages but, quite frankly,...

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Santillana Transportation

  • La Cantabrica

    One of the bus companies that stops in Santillana is La Cantabrica. You can contact them at the link below for schedules. If you are based out of places like Santander, Comillas, or San Vicente de la Barquera, the bus is a great option to visit this town.You can request a schedule between the cities you'd like to visit by email by writing...

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  • Bus from Torrelavega

    Couldn't find the bus station to get from Torrelavega to Santillana Del Mar, but know it's outside the FEVE station now. only cost one euro there and the same back! got a taxi there to start... only cost 8 Euros!! The bus coming back is on the main road opposite the coach park! But why go to Santillana anyway!

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Santillana Shopping

  • Gorgeous Pottery

    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. I bought some lovely little bowls for some friends.

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  • Loved everything here!

    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. I was drawn immediately to the hand crafted soaps and got some of...

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  • Cantabrian cheeses, anchovies, brandy.

    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...

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Santillana Local Customs

  • CARS

    Santillana del Mar is a beautifull medieval village, and to preserb that is not allowed to go inside the village by car. Only locals are allowed to drive in, so if you arrive to the place by car you´ll have to park in one of the park areas provided in the outskirts. I did´t pay for park, but I don´t know if it´s like that all the year.Don´t worry...

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  • watching life go by.

    As in the rest of the small places around the world, this is one of the favorite pasttimes for the locals. I think in Santillana, they must have a lot of fun watching the tourists with their funny habits and outfit.

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Santillana Off The Beaten Path

  • Playa Santa Justa

    Santillana does have a beach within it's jurisdiction. Santa Justa is a popular little beach neatly tucked between some dramatic cliffs.There is a pathway which takes you from the viewing platforms and left to the cliffs which overlook the sea. This is a great place to sit and listen to the power of the sea, and watch the tide come in.

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  • Comillas Sunken Forest

    Just to the west of Comillas as you leave the town there is a weird area of dead trees in water. It is a huge area & you drive over a bridge through the middle of them. Quite Spooky!No idea what has happened too them, If you know................pass it on to me (~_~)

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  • Strange animals

    At the zoo, inside the butterflies' garden, I saw these strange animals... Orchids!!!!Simply beautiful...En el zoológico, dentro del jardín de mariposas, vi estos extraños animales... ¡Orquídeas!!! Simplemente hermosas...

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  • Origins

    The foundation of the town dates back to the Roman times, but Santillana gained importance during the Middle Ages, as it became the capital of the Asturias de Santillana. The Merino or representant of the King had his residence here and it became thus the most important town in the area.

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  • The collegiate

    The main streets of Santillanda lead to the Romanesque collegiate, the main building in the town. The view from these streets with the hills and fields in the background is unforgettable.

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  • Medieval atmosphere

    Santillana del Mar is a very small town, but there are no modern buildings in the center, so it has perfectly retained the charm of ancient localities.

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