Ancestral Cantabrian cuisine
The restaurant El Jardín de Gil Blas bases its menu on traditional Cantabrian cuisine, featuring a wide range of local produce and some of the iconic specialities of regional cuisine. Hearty casseroles, stews and excellent meats, not to mention the best fish and preserves from the Cantabrian Sea.
a hymn to regional produce
In the bright and elegant dining room, which overlooks the Parador’s terrace and its colourful vegetation, we recommend you try the cocido montañés, rice with lobster, squid tails, Santoña anchovies and an excellent range of Cantabrian cheeses. And, to sweeten the experience, homemade desserts such as quesada pasiega, Santa Juliana cake and torrija pasiega
Type of kitchen
Cantabrian fish and shellfish soup, cocido montañés with its accompaniments, fishermen’s stew (monkfish, lobster, clams and prawn stew), quesada pasiega.
Cantabria’s tourist centre
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.