Sights & landmarks in Castro Urdiales

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  • spidergirlBoston
    Boston208 contributions
    We visited many churches and cathedrals in our 3 weeks along the northern coast. This church was my favorite. First of all, its location above the town is striking. We parked at the opposite end of Castro Urdiales and walked along the harbor front in the direction of the church, which stood magnificently ahead of us in the distance.

    As we approached it from the rear (closer to the water), climbing up the stone paved hill, it stood before us with spires and flying buttresses just beautiful against the blue sky. The oldest parts of the church were built in the 1200s (!!) and various architectural styles from later eras can be seen as you walk around it. Fortuitously, as we approached the front door, the bells started chiming and I had goose bumps! The interior is beautiful and commands a reverence that I did not feel at some of the other churches and cathedrals we visited. The light streaming in through the windows, lighting up the massive columns inside was lovely, as were the windows themselves.

    Back outside, we walked to the cliff's edge and looked out over the ocean for a breathtaking view. Definitely worth the climb up from the harbor!
    Written 14 October 2019
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  • L C
    Bath, UK1,190 contributions
    Just a short stroll from the Iglesia de Santa Maria is this impressive Castle and Lighthouse commanding views over the stunning coast and town and a Roman Arch/Bridge thrown in for free! There appeared to be an elevator for access, although we did not go inside.
    Written 6 May 2018
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  • Pedro M
    Lisbon, Portugal50 contributions
    Specially in stormy days it is outstanding to see the sea strength against the rocks. At first you don't realize from where the waves come in but soon you find out.
    Written 11 May 2019
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  • nnmercman
    Camberley, UK13,181 contributions
    By car you’ll see signs to the cemetery on N-634 leading out of Castro Urdiales in Santander direction. There’s a small chapel just inside the gates and an information panel in both Spanish and English on the exterior to right of entrance. This is a replacement Cemetery, planned in 1885 and built with public contributions. It’s laid out in parallel lanes (makes it easy to navigate round) with numerous family burial plots and a number of ornate tombs/crypts. The grounds are also a resting place for cats (see my pic!). I would say it’s not really worth the effort of a visit unless you have an interest in burial architecture. There’s a large skateboard park on the approach and being an isolated spot I’m not sure I’d like to leave my car unattended for too long (I walked up from town).
    Written 2 March 2018
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  • Otmar W B
    Fort Pierce, FL171 contributions
    in the ensemble of the whole city it is simply nice ....the whole city as such is worth visiting and to discover
    Written 6 April 2018
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  • Jeff B
    Snohomish, WA130 contributions
    There isn't much left of the church but it does offer great views of Castro. Worth a quick climb just to look out.
    Written 23 August 2016
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  • Bandit-One
    Emmen, Switzerland7,291 contributions
    This here is a lovely Promenade facing the Cantabrian Sea. Traffic-free, lots of space, wide sidewalks, lots of green and a playground for the smaller visitors.

    In spring 2021 the town was pretty empty due to Covid-19 even though it was a picture perfect sunny day. We enjoyed strolling on this boardwalk here. Some shops and a good number of restaurants with a view are located here (we had lunch in a backstreet though - good authentic spanish food).

    The "Castro Urdiales" letters are located here as well, makes a good photo op with the Castillo-Faro de Santa Ana and the impressive Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción as a background. These two landmarks are really a sight to behold. Even though some cranes block them partly right now.

    Underneath this lovely park is the easiest and best option to park your car. A good, safe and reasonably priced parking lot.

    It's a lovely town and this park/promenade is the heart of it. A lovely little walk.
    Written 30 May 2021
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  • Arlene R
    Bilbao, Spain458 contributions
    This beautiful example of art nouveau was built in 1901, following the design by architect Severino Achucarro, from Bilbao.

    It is now a residential building in the four floors, and used by a bank entity in the ground floor, where plenty materials, including wood, iron, have been used.

    Its monumental façade is asymmetrical, oriented towards the sea, in which the angled finish stands out with a battery of viewpoints topped by a double spire. The same inspiration presents the windows, among which the two circular ones of the first floor stand out, and the decorations, with vegetative motives.

    When built, it was practically facing a narrow street leading to the open sea. Both the park and the quay which close down the bay were later creations.
    Written 6 July 2018
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  • David B
    El Barco de Avila, Spain532 contributions
    This small archaeological site was unearthed when a cinema was demolished to reveal the remains of houses and a street. The site is only open on certain days and when open there is a guide who will explain the site - and does this well. The site is small (but free) and well worth stopping at if open.
    Written 16 October 2021
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  • peetajohn
    Norton, UK686 contributions
    Having visited the main church first, the Iglesia de Santa Maria, this was a bit underwhelming. It was very different with some more modern touches but not as grand.
    I would still recommend a visit here if you are in the area as it does give a good flavour of the local culture and history - perhaps better to visit this first!
    Written 17 August 2017
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