The town of Santillana Del Mar, on the north coast of Spain, was introduced as the Town of Three Lies: it is not a Saint (Santo), not flat (llana), and not by the sea (mar). It is inland a few miles. It was named after Santa Juliana whose remains are kept in the Colegiata, a Romanesque church and former Benedictine monastery.
Santillana,developed in the 8th century, now looks like a storybook village. Its picturesque cobbled streets are lined with historic medieval buildings. The Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela passes through here too.
By the way, driving along the coast of Northern Spain looks a lot like driving along the coast of Oregon.
We arrived in Santillana del Mar in mid-afternoon which gave us several hours to explore this pretty town.
A peek inside an antique (junk) shop
The collegiate church of Santa Juliana
The Plaza Mayor
The 15th century Torre de Don Borja is one of the oldest buildings in town..
Cobblestones really tire your feet out. They are not as smooth as they look!
We topped the day off with a gourmet dinner!