Santillana del Mar is one of the most historically and artistically rich towns in Spain. Everything in it is a monument, including the Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, which takes its name from the famous literary figure born in this town. If you stay here you’ll feel like you’re experiencing history. It’s in what used to be the Barreda-Bracho family house, a late 17th century Baroque building, which is faithful to the style of the manor houses in the town, with a gabled roof and the family coat of arms on the façade. Its wooden interior offers cosy, elegant rooms, and quiet places to spend special evenings enjoying the excellent cuisine of the Parador.
The Parador Santillana Gil Blas is in the historic town centre, making it easy to get around on foot.
That’s how to see the Casa del Águila and the Casa de la Plaza, as well as the old Town Hall building.
Just 2 kilometres from the village is the zoo, and just over 15 kilometres away is beautiful village of Comillas, which is protected by the Cantabrian Sea.
If Santillana del Mar is famous for anything, it’s for the prehistoric paintings in the Altamira Caves.
Considered the ”Sistine Chapel” of cave art, visits are currently restricted to prevent them from deteriorating.
An exact replica of the paintings can be seen at the Altamira National Museum and Research Centre at Santillana del Mar.
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Santillana del Mar was declared a national monument thanks to having one of the richest historical and artistic heritages of any town in Spain. It’s also one of the most unique towns in Cantabria and world famous for the prehistoric paintings of the Altamira Caves, which are considered the “Sistine Chapel” of cave art. Access to the paintings is currently restricted. An exact replica of the cave can be seen in the Altamira National Museum and Interpretation Centre.
At the Barreda-Bracho mansion, which is now the Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, you can begin a walking tour of the historic quarter and discover its unique buildings, such as the Casa del Águila and the Casa de la Plaza, or the old town hall building.
Just 2 kilometres from the village is the zoo, and just over 15 kilometres away is beautiful village of Comillas, which is protected by the Cantabrian Sea. Nature has also been kind to Santillana del Mar, and near its historic centre are the Santa Justa and Ubiarco beaches. Other nearby destinations, which also have beaches, include Cobreces, Suances and San Vicente de la Barquera.
The Medieval village of Santillana is the setting for this Parador, which occupies a 17th century manor house and another built later. Cosy, intimate terraces and lounges, which are steeped in history, and which have capacities from 10 to over 200 people. All of this in the heart of the historic centre of a unique town, moulded in stone and wood, just 25 km from Santander.