Thursday, July 30, 2009

SPAIN - CANTABRIA: COMILLAS AND SANTILLANA DEL MAR


Cantabria was the first stage of our trip, where we spent two days. The second one was the Basque Country, where we visited Bilbo (Bilbao) and Donostia (San Sebastián). In Cantabria we visited Santander and the lovely villages of Comillas and Santillana del Mar.

Below I would like to show you some pictures of Comillas and Santillana del Mar, the two beautiful villages of Cantabria I had time to visit.



Sunday, 26th july 2009

Comillas and Santillana del Mar


Comillas




Modernist white fountain in ComillasHere, in front of this modernist white fountain built by Lluis Doménech i Muntaner, we started our flying visit in Comillas. Unfortunately we only could spend less than three hours in this lovely small town full of modernist monuments because of coach timetables. So we had to hurry up :)


El Capricho de Gaudi in Comillas
El Capricho, a house built by the brilliant modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, is the most beautiful modernist building in Comillas. So we spent some minutes to take some photos

El Capricho de Gaudi in Comillas
Amongst the trees we could admire better the rounded and curving forms of this beautiful modernist house

El Capricho de Gaudi in Comillas
Chimneys contribute also to the beauty of this building of this building and show us that all in this house is a decorative element


Comillas from Sobrellano Palace
The day was really lovely and it was very hot. The sun gave us generously its heat all day. In front of Sobrellano Palace we seized the opportunity to immortalize this lovely day in Comillas


Sobrellano Palace in Comillas
Another image of the Sobrellano Palace in Comillas. However its surroundings were really lovely with wide green areas and a park for children


Pontificia University in Comillas
The intense red color of this gate, which leads to the Pontificia University, surprised me as soon as I saw it


View point from which we enjoyed a beautiful view of Comillas beach

Beach of Comillas
Another view image of the crowded beach of Comillas, but this time from another view point


Old town of Comillas
Comillas has, as well as a fantastic beach, a beautiful old town. Here, an image of the main square and the church


Santillana del Mar



Santillana del Mar is a small village of Cantabria which has conserved its medieval look. I found this village really lovely


Main Street of Santillana del MarThe high street of Santillana del Mar which leads to the Collegiate church

Collegiate church of Santa Juliana in Santillana del MarThe Collegiate church of Santa Juliana in Santillana del Mar

Main square of Santillana del Mar
The main square of Santillana del Mar

Romanesque Collegiate of Santa Juliana in Santillana del Mar
Another picture of the romanesque Collegiate of Santa Juliana in Santillana del Mar



Apart from the city of Santander, other beautiful villages and places you can visit in Cantabria are:

  • Laredo
  • San Vicente de la Barquera
  • Castro Urdiales
  • Cuevas de Altamira (Altamira Caves)
  • Reinosa
  • Picos de Europa National Park

Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:



- Catalonia

- Basque Country


- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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