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Santillana del Mar is 30 km far from Santander and it is an “alive museum” of a medieval village developed around the “Santa Juliana” collegiate church, although most of the houses were built between the XIV century and the XVIII one. The whole Santillana can only be visited on foot.
You can walk north through the village by Santo Domingo Street, that becomes soon two streets in a “Y” bifurcation: Juan Infante St., that leads to the Ramon Pelayo´s Square, and the other one called Carrera St. (also known as Cantón St. or Del Río St.). In the triangular square there are some of the most representative buildings: Barreda-Bracho´s Casona (XVIII; with a splendid shield) which is nowadays the “Parador Gil Blas” (a high-quality tourist hotel), Del Aguila y La Parra´s houses, the Town Hall, the Don Borja´s Tower (XIV; one of the noblest edifications in Santillana, owned by the Barreda family, where it is the “Fundacion Santillana”) and Merino´s Tower (XIV; fortified residence of the “merinos”, the old administrators of the sovereign properties). Cantón St. presents and excellent collection of “casonas” (the old typical houses owned by the rural nobility), from the XV to the XVII; it is necessary to mention among them the “Leonor de la Vega” gothic house (XV century), who was the mother of the first Santillana´s marquis, and the Villa´s house too (also known as “casa de los hombrones”, with a big coat of arms with two knights with moustache. At the end of the street you can find the “Colegiata” (Saint Juliana´s collegiate church), the most important religious monument of the Romanesque in Cantabria.
Depending on Room Choice / Optional extras
2nd Sept 2018 9 Days
Twin / Double
Sunday 2nd Sept
Join the coach at your chosen departure point, (morning afternoon – Time TBC)
Travel to Plymouth for the overnight crossing to Santander (No Meals)
Monday 3rd Sept
Travel from Santander to Santillana Del Mar. The chosen hotel for 6 nights is Los Hildalgos on Half Board. Afternoon free to explore.
Tuesday 4th Sept
Morning Free. Afternoon departure to Soplao Caves.
Wednesday 5th Sept
After breakfast we head off Santander for a day on the beach or shopping if you prefer.
Thursday 6th Sept
Free day in resort or you can join the optional tour.
Friday 7th Sept
After breakfast we head off to Pico National park & a cable car ride.
Saturday 8th sept
After breakfast we head off to for a tour of the Green Spain and the Cantabria area.
Sunday 9th Sept
After breakfast we head off to the return ferry crossing, with free time to shop before we set sail.
Monday 10th Sept
After disembarkation we head for home and your chosen joining point.
The Hotel Los Hidalgos is a comfortable and comfortable family hotel located in the heart of the historic town of Santillana del Mar in the province of Cantabria .
Its location, within a huge wooded area, used as a public park and recreation area, make it an ideal hotel for families with children, organized groups and lovers of tranquility.
All hotels are en-suite rooms, with Tv safe .
Possible optional tour to The Salt Mines