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Santillana del Mar

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19 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.

  • Day14

    Camino Del Norte - Day 11

    June 22, 2017 in Spain

    Camino Del Norte - Day 11
    Santander to Santillana Del Mar
    Distance 32.5km (7 hours)

    I set off at 6.30am this morning from Santander. There seemed to be a lot of pilgrims on the Camino. A very pleasant walk out of the city contrary to the guidebook.
    By 9.30am, I was 15 km into the walk when I had to catch a train. The journey was only 5 minutes long but took me over a river estuary to another village. By not taking it would have added another 10km onto my day.
    I eventually arrived in Santilana village around 2pm. The heat on the road to the village was 30C. I thought that my shoes were going to melt.
    The village is stunning. It is a wonderfully preserved medieval stone village. I honestly expected knights in armour to charge down the street. The place was packed with tourists. The Albergue is tiny only 16 beds. I managed to get one but we had to wait until it opened at 4pm.
    There was an elderly loud English couple who had obviously been drinking too much. As we came to register, the gentleman fell face first onto the ground. Everyone went to help. I grabbed the first aid kit from the hospilardo and treated his wounds. In the end, everyone kept asking me if I was a doctor. The drunk couple went into one of the dorms, I went in the other. Later, the same bloke fell in the showers. I avoided them the rest of the evening.

    I had a pleasant meal with a couple of pilgrims before retiring to bed.
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  • 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 5.1: 11.10.17

    October 11, 2017 in Spain

    Tag 5.1: 11.10.17

    Santander to Santillana del Mar

    Nach einem langen und guten Gespräch mit einem holländisch-spanischen Pilger am gestrigen Abend bei einem Bier über den Camino, den Sinn des Reisens und Lebensträume, entschied ich mich dann heute doch dazu, mich und meine Gesundheit achtsam zu behandeln und ein paar (für mich) unwichtige Etappen zu "überspringen". 😉 Ich bin ja kein sooo großer Fan des Cheatens, aber manchmal hat es etwas mit Achtsamkeit einem selbst gegenüber zu tun und heute früh war dann ganz klar, dass ich aus der Stadt und ihrem Dunstkreis raus muss; und zwar so schnell wie möglich.

    Und so startete ich den Morgen ganz entspannt mit Frühstück am Meer (nachdem ich als letzte um 9:00 aus der Herberge geschmissen wurde), las in Seelenruhe mein Buch zu Ende und schicke es anschließend im mitgebrachten Umschlag von der örtlichen Post nach Hause und nahm dann tiefenentspannt um 11:15 den Zug nach Requejada, um die letzten 11 km nach Santillana del Mar schön brav zu laufen. 😬 [Manch einer mag sich fragen, wie "so schnell wie möglich" und "tiefentspannt" zusammen passen können, aber: bei Sonnenaufgang am Meer sitzend die morgendliche Ruhe genießend, war vollkommen in Ordnung; nur wollte ich nicht durch die industrialisierten und hässlichen Vororte latschen und dabei Stunden an (meiner) wertvollen Zeit vergeuden. Die nutzte ich eben lieber für Frühstück und Lesen. Und so schnell wie möglich bezieht sich daher auf die Art der Fortbewegung. Im Endeffekt habe ich dadurch eh die meisten meiner Mitpilger überholt. Leider musste ich mich so auch von meinem lieb gewonnenen älteren australischen Ehepaar verabschieden aber dank Instagram bleiben wir in Kontakt. Es lebe das Zeitalter der virtuellen Kommunikation!]

    Und der Anfang des Weges war dann mit Industriecharme erstmal "Strafe" genug. ABER es hatte etwas gutes. Auf dem Weg traf ich meinen Freiburger Mitpilger wieder, was sich als Segen herausstellen sollte. Mit guten Gesprächen ging es dann bis zum Ziel und dort zog er den Joker, denn er hatte eine - neue! - Herberge im Konvent als Geheimtipp.....
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Santillana del Mar, سانتايلانا ديل مار, サンティリャーナ・デル・マル, Сантильяна-дель-Мар, Сантільяна-дель-Мар, 海邊的散提亞拿

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