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Santillana del Mar

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  • Day9

    Driving through north-west Spain

    July 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We drove about a third of the way across the top of Spain this afternoon and evening. We were looking at spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay on our right as we drove. The countryside of very green and hilly. It is not flat and dry as we typically think of Spain; not at all. Even though it is summer, the country is green and lush in this northern region. There is agriculture aplenty and lush crops everywhere.

    The roads are excellent. Freeway all the way, although there are quite a few tolls, so we need cash or card at the ready at all times. Unfortunately there was a truck that had burst into flames on the freeway and it causedi a 2-3 hour delay. Not what we were hoping for. So we arrived at our destination at about 9pm instead of 6pm.

    We are staying tonight in a five-star hotel called Casa del Marques in a very old Spanish village, Santillana del Mar. The whole town is from the 14th century. They have kept cars out of the town for the most part. The whole town is Heritage listed. It is the Spain you imagine in your ideal view of this country. Stone buildings and terracotta tiles. Arched doorways, churches with bell towers and cobbled streets and squares. It is an incredibly magical place. I went for a couple of hours wandering as the light dwindled and look forward to more fully exploring the town tomorrow.

    Our destination tomorrow is Santiago de Compostela, on the northwest corner of Spain, but we will make the most of the morning to explore this town before heading off on our journey westwards.

    I sat with a man in the lounge tonight before venturing out. He was about 60 and watching the world cup. He told me he was from Israel. He was born in Israel. His parents escaped from Poland just before the war. He was born in Israel. All his grandparents were killed in the war. He spoke a lot about his life in Israel. His aunty married an Australian soldier who was posted to Israel during the British mandate and married him and lived in Adelaide. His parents disowned her and never spoke to her again for betraying their Israeli life which they had gained at great cost. His wife came later and she used to be a teacher. They have one son in New York in the real estate game, and another son in Israel who is into IT. They lost their daughter at 17 to Lupus about 25 years ago and it is still raw for them. The man was a bit vague about what he did for a job but he was in Spain organising ships on the coast for Israel. He is a typical Jew with a big deep voice and very sharp and incisive. I would love to have spoken to him and his wife, Itti, for longer. I gathered that he grew up through the kibbutz movement. He has a friend from South Africa who went to Melbourne and is now a Principal of a Jewish school there - his surname is Reuben. I said I would look out for him in case our paths crossed in the future. Who knows, with school principals. It's a small world.
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  • Day38

    Back to Santillana del Mar

    May 16, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    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, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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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  • Day4

    Santillana del Mar

    September 26, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Stopped here on our way to the
    Picos de Europa. Main claim to fame is that it is a lovely medieval village and a short way out of town there is some prehistoric rock art. However it I found it too cutesy and tourism driven.

    What was more interesting is that the place is also known as the village of 3 lies. It is not holy (santi), flat (llana) or by the sea (del mar)!Read more

  • Day16

    Nach 22km Santillana de Mar erreicht

    August 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Warum das "de Mar" heißt weiß wohl keiner. Liegt nicht am Meer. Herberge ist in einem ehemaligen Kloster, aber ganz gut. Wäre wieder voll gewesen. Hätte Raphael, der Besitzer der Herberge in Santander nicht hier angerufen und für uns reserviert, hätten wir kein Bett bekommen.
    Bin die letzten 6km zusammen mit Sandra, der Schweitzerin die ich in Santander kennen lernte, gelaufen.Read more

  • Day1

    Santillana del Mar / 307 km

    July 9, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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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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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