Yoram Yasur Izz: Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar is a beautiful city in the province of Cantabria in the north of Spain, and just over thirty kilometers from Santander. At the end of the 19th century it was declared a historic-artistic complex and near it is the world-famous Altamira Cave, which is part of the World Heritage Site. Let’s know some of the tourist attractions of Santillana del Mar.
History of Santillana del Mar:
Yoram Yasur Izz: The Romans called it Plans and at that time the town was located in what is today La mies de Llanes but then rose the Abbey of Santa Juliana (Romanesque style), between the eighth and ninth centuries, and it derives its name current. The relics of the martyr, brought from Turkey, began to attract the faithful and Santillana became a place of pilgrimage, aided by the fact that a branch of the Way of St. James was also used by devotees traveling to Compostela.
In the thirteenth century, urban development began around the Plaza del Mercado, which is now Plaza Ramón Pelayo. There we can also see the Torre del Merino, a defensive construction in crenellated Gothic style that currently houses a museum and the Torre de Don Borja, where the municipality operates.
Yoram Yasur Izz: Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the city of Santillana del Mar takes the aspect it still has, in Baroque style, with two-story houses with balconies of iron or wood, an open space in front and a large fund for the corrals. In the surroundings the religious orders built two convents, a lodging for pilgrims and two hospitals.
Places of interest and gastronomy of Santillana del Mar:
Yoram Yasur Izz: The landscape is of soft hills and valleys that descend towards the Saja River, that is born in the Mountain range of the Cordel to more than 1,800 meters of altitude and ends at the Cantabrian Sea. The maritime coast is quite steep, with high cliffs and some inlets, in one of which is the Santa Justa Beach, where there is a hermitage with the venerated image. In the area there are several caves and apart from the one in Altamira, the Cueva de las Palomas also stands out
Santillana has a campsite and several hotels, you can visit countless medieval palaces, Palacio de Viveda, Palacio Barreda, Palacio de Mijares and Palacio Valdivieso among others. It is also possible to visit the zoo and the Botanical Garden of Santillana del Mar or the Finca El Jardín and the Parque La Robleda.
The region’s gastronomy includes cheeses and cake with milk (or tablet with milk), a simple cake with flour, sugar, eggs and lemon zest. City with many cultural events and festivals that attract visitors from all over the world, always with doors and hearts open to receive us.
What do you think of Santillana del Mar? Would you like to take a vacation in Cantabria?