Sights & landmarks in Cantabria

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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK165,885 contributions
    This villa in Comillas is another inspired creation of Antoni Gaudí. Every element of this building, both inside and out, epitomises everything that is imaginative about Catalan Modernisme. The only difference being that this house has some Neo-Mudejar influences, which is not a bad thing. The interiors are largely devoid of furnishing, which is a shame, but most of the rooms do have at least one piece associated with the former resident. Some of the furnishings in the house are also designed with the signature Gaudi cursive forms. The most impressive part of the interior is actually the upper floor centred around a greenhouse.

    The exterior decorations have the signature Gaudi fairytale colour scheme, nature inspired forms, bright tiles, and cursive balustrades. If you love the works of Gaudi or Catalan Modernism, then El Capricho de Gaudí is something that should be on the list of things to visit.

    The entrance ticket comes with an audio guide and does a great job of explaining the rooms and building.
    Written 17 December 2022
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK165,885 contributions
    The former summer residence of King Alfonso XIII until the end of his reign, and now owned by the city of Santander. The exterior of the building is built in a bizarre mix of different styles, especially the south-east facing side which looked like it could’ve been several houses joined together. There’s Neo-Gothic, Neo Renaissance, Flemish and Catabrian influences everywhere.
    Written 13 December 2022
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  • George S
    Miami Beach, FL1,008 contributions
    A very nice park with stunning views of the Bay of Santander and the jagged cliffs and shore below. There is parking, a restaurant and the prominent lighthouse, which has an art gallery within.
    Written 24 October 2022
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  • delamatam
    Mexico City16 contributions
    Funny plan with family or friends. It brings you back your childhood, everyone enjoyed almost one hour trying to get exit!
    Written 20 June 2021
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK165,885 contributions
    One of the larger public squares in the town of Santillana del Mar, though not the historic centre. Some of the principal sites of the town including Torre del Merino, Torre de Don Borja and the Town Hall are located here. You’ll also find wonderful examples of charming Cantabrian architecture at the square. The only downside is that the square isn’t overly endowed with cafes, but it’s only a small town.
    Written 17 December 2022
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  • travelingaroundgal
    Melrose, MA37 contributions
    This is a beautiful building and worth the trip if you are already in Comillas. We did not see the inside as the tours are only in Spanish. If you don't do the tour this will take you less than 30 minutes to walk around the grounds.
    Written 11 October 2022
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK165,885 contributions
    The Collegiate church and cloister of St Juliana is a fine example of Romanesque architecture and can be found in the historic centre of Santillana del Mar. The building has a magnificent dome, transept, and tower. While the exterior has fine examples of archivolts not just on arches, but on windows too. Well worth a visit along with Museo de Altamira. It's just a shame the building is on the verge of falling into ruin due to lack of maintenance.
    Written 17 December 2022
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  • Simon B
    Leeds, UK100 contributions
    Fantastic area full of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Beautiful Bay Area for walks or riding a bike. Great views of the ocean.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • Louise F
    Belfast, UK159 contributions
    Beautiful church beside the sea. Very peaceful inside. Loved the ceiling and unusual baptismal font that looked like a large sea shell.
    Written 21 August 2022
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  • Miren G
    9 contributions
    Wonderful landscape and fantastic captain, was very friendly and we were well looked after throughout the trip.
    The trip started at the port of Laredo and from there went to " Pico del Fraile ". We could see the Buciero Mountain and " El faro del caballo". Finally we arrived at the beautiful stuary
    Watching the sunset from the ria is wonderful . We coul take a lot of pictures, so the sky was incredible.
    I recommend this trip of three hours more and less because it is very pleasant and made me feel relaxed and at peace .
    A trip to do with friends or family.
    Written 1 September 2022
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  • stephrab
    New York City, NY632 contributions
    To get to these caves from the main entrance is a 15 minute walk that is flat. This experience is very different from the other caves. This is part of the overall experience of the caves and is also a MUST SEE!! See my review on the other caves as well. As a world traveler, this really is a MUST see when visiting Northern Spain. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • TravelLovers2
    United States4,120 contributions
    We loved visiting Barcena Mayor. We were staying two night at Santillana del Mar and were looking for a day trip. So glad we found this place. It is a gem!!

    We used our iphone map app to get us there and back without any problem. You cannot drive into town. You need to park right before and walk there, but the walk is not very far.

    It was worth going there and will definitely return when we can again.
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • Jim D
    6 contributions
    Disappointed - We drove from Ajo near Santander (2 hours) only to find the monastery under renovation I assume in readiness for the Jubilee celebrations in April 2023 but what a view of the area.
    Written 24 November 2022
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  • Adalbert P
    Atlanta, GA22 contributions
    We came here from Santillana del mar as it was a very short drive and fell in love with this small secluded beach and the Ermita de Santa Justa. The waves come in hard against the rocks but are calm once they reach the sandy beach. The ermita is a very short walk up a hill on the opposite side of the beach. Very relaxing and very enjoyable.
    Written 2 September 2022
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  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, UK1,510 contributions
    This is a series of statues that are worth walking to see along the promenade. Reflect a time gone by. Visit as part of your walk to the headland and palace.
    Written 30 November 2022
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