Santillana del Mar – a medieval village

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.


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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.

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We arrived in Santillana del Mar in mid-afternoon which gave us several hours to explore this pretty town.

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A peek inside an antique (junk) shop

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The collegiate church of Santa Juliana

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The Plaza Mayor

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The 15th century Torre de Don Borja is one of the oldest buildings in town..

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Cobblestones really tire your feet out.  They are not as smooth as they look!

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We topped the day off with a gourmet dinner!

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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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2 Responses to Santillana del Mar – a medieval village

  1. Lisa Harding says:

    Gracia….this little town looks totally cool! Shall we put it on our list?

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