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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day14

    About 31kms to Santillana del Mar

    September 25, 2017 in Spain

    We made it! This was a day of contrasts: mind-blowing coastal views, a calm forest trail and an awful lot of road-walking. It's good to have arrived. We've checked into a a cute little pension - Hospedaje Angelica. Nice double room for just €36.

    Looking forward to exploring the town and getting some dinner later.

    More details to follow.

  • Day18

    Sontonio, SANTANDER, Santilla del. Mar

    September 15, 2017 in Spain

    This is a beautiful lille place. No words to aptly describe a medieval village. It was enchanting to arrive here yesterday evening after my second day of 40 km walks. I don't set out everyday with a plan, I just follow the arrows. However that was a bit of a wobbly plan the day before when I apparently followed the less well marked trail along the coast.
    I left Sontonio to the smell of fish offal being pureed into pet food. There were large vrates of fish stacked up along the pier, well fish bit really, and when I asked man what it was for he showed me the big grinder and explained the process. I was very appreciative of the information, but blimey, the smell.
    Anyway I walked briefly with an English woman who had rented her house out and was walking all about the world. She had me in hysterics telling me about using the bathroom in various hostels etc, and how you just let go of your inhibitions. Then she said ",I have to wee," she dropped her pack and her shorts and proceeded to do so! I walked on.
    The day was long, hot and magnificent. However a was tired and hungry and was distracted from that buy the scenery. Cliffs, huge beaches and big waves. However there were no other walkers about and I was hoping for a "fletcha amarilla " (,yellow arrow) to show me the way when out of the blue on a cliff above a beach full of bronzed naked bodies I came upon an ice cream truck!!, I talked to myself as I got closer, in case it was a mirage, but through theagic of the Camino it was real. I got ice cream, direction, energy and joy beyond compare as I continued on my way. A boat trip across the bay, in the evening sun, and with directions from my favorite tour guides, senior men, I got to the hostel after 10 hours of walking. To end it all I was the last one to check in so I had a room to myself, with a bathroom and coffee and bread for breakfast.
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  • Day38

    After our experience at Naves we decided to look for somewhere we could have a rest and get some decent food. We found a nice hotel in a place called Santillana del Mar which is back towards Santander.
    Taking the route along the coast we spent some time in Ribadasella which is a lovely seaside fishing vilage and holiday resort. Went for a long walk out to the entry to the harbour and up to a little chapel on the headland then walked a different way back into town. Wandered through the town market for a while before continuing on our drive.
    Arrived at our hotel in the mid afternon to find a nice hotel and lovely room.
    Our first task was laundry so we spent the next hour or so at the laundromat.
    Santillana is a town where Spanish nobles built their holiday homes in the 17th century. It is still pretty much intact other than the conversions for tourism which are mostly well done. The steets are all cobbled (and hard to walk on) and traffic free.
    For dinner we found a restaurant doing a menu of the day where he had a three course meal including a glass of local wine for only 17 euro each. Our first really good meal in Spain. The food and ambiance of the restaurant were first class as well.
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  • Day39

    Santanilla del Mar

    May 17 in Spain

    Our day in Santillana began with breakfast at the hotel which was OK without being great. Afterwards we went into the town and had a look at the 12th century church around which the town was built.
    In the afternoon we went for a drive to a little town inland that is still as it was in the past. We returned home via San Vincente. Went for a walk up to the castle and church that overlook the town.
    We considered staying an extra night in Santillana but the hotel was booked out. After a bit of googling we decided to head back east and found a farmstay on a small vineyard back towards San Sebastian.
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  • Day7

    19.09.2017 -Santillana del Mar

    September 19, 2017 in Spain

    Das erste Mal geht es bei schönem Wetter los. Nochmal kurz durch Santander und dann auf den Weg gemacht.
    Die Strecke ist landschaftlich sehr durchwachsen. Viele km an Straßen entlang und durch Gewerbe- bzw. Industriegebieten. Die letzten ca. 8 km haben dann mit wunderschöner Landschaft wieder etwas entschädigt. Am Ende doch noch zufrieden in Santellana del Mar angekommen. Erst wie ausgestorben, um die Ecke gebogen, ist dann plötzlich die Hölle los. Wirklich irre Gegensätze sind das. Nach zwei vorausgegangenen Fehlversuchen noch eine wunderschöne Herberge gefunden.☺ Den Tipp habe ich von Gerhard erhalten, der ist aus Freiburg und wir haben uns schon vor ein paar Tagen kennen gelernt.👍Read more

  • Day5

    Tag 5.2: 11.10.17

    October 11, 2017 in Spain

    Tag 5.2: 11.10.17:

    Albergue El Convento e Santillana del Mar

    Ein definitives Highlight des Weges!! Ein himmlischer Garten mit Kräutern und Hängesitz, der alte Konvent mit modernen Elementen restauriert, 2-Bett Zimmer, schön ordentlich geschlechtergetrennt (außer für Paare natürlich), wahnsinnig nettes Herbergspaar mit zwei sehr süßen Katzen. Einfach traumhaft. Aber ebenso der ganze Ort Santillana del Mar!! So wie man sich einen alten spanischen Ort in den Bergen eben vorstellt. Dadurch ein wenig touristisch, aber das tut der Sache keinen Abbruch.

    Nach einem entspannten Nachmittag im Garten und kleinem Mini Shopping Trip (nachdem mir meine Ohrringe direkt am Anfang "abhanden" gekommen waren, gab es neue 😊), ging es um 18:30 zur Vorabendmesse mit den Klarissinnen und um 20:00 dann zu dritt mit dem neu angereisten, jungen Schweizer Winzer super lecker Fisch essen. Ein Traum! Und selbst die sonst so gefürchtete 22:00 Nachruhe war hier etwas gelockert und so gab es dann noch ein lokales Bier (im Konvent!) bevor es ab 22:30 Richtung Zimmer ging. Ein gelungener Tag!
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  • Day1

    Santillana del Mar / 307 km

    July 9, 2015 in Spain

    We have to split: Martin want to do at least 50 km per day; I with my bloody blisters need a break (well even without the blisters a can't do 50 any more).
    In the morning I went to visit the famous Altamira caves (2.5km). Than I asked about the bus to San Vincente. According 3 years old timetable there was a bus at 11:10 and 13:35. It was 10:50 and 2.5 km to the town, so I didn't think I can catch the first bus.
    It was 11:07 wenn I came in the town, but where is the bus stop? I asked in the information: blablabla this direction. OK I walked 200 m , asked again: blablabla the opposite direction. After 150m I mentioned some people standing on the street. I asked them what for are they waiting. "For the bus to Comillas". Great! This was the bus stop! No sign, no timetable, nothing! Fortunately the bus was 15 min delayed.
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