Parador de Santillana del Mar - Cantabrian-style manor house (3*)
The attractive Parador de Santillana del Mar, which originally served as an annexe to the nearby Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, beautifully maintains the traditional local style of architecture, with stone arches, pantiled roof, wooden balconies and beamed ceilings. The cosy building has the feel of a Cantabrian-style mansion house or coaching inn, such is the lovely traditional design of the building and its setting.
Located conveniently close to Santander (15 miles away) and on the main square of one of the most attractive and well-preserved old villages in Spain, the Parador de Santillana is a good base for exploring both the northern coast of Cantabria with its superb beach-es and coves, and the magnificent mountains of the Picos de Europa. Also nearby are the world-famous Altamira Caves, with their prehistoric cave paintings.
The Parador de Santillana del Mar has just 28 bedrooms – making it one of the smallest and prettiest Paradors in the network – and although it may not share the same historical significance of the original Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, it certainly has charm aplenty. Guests often tell us that there is little to separate the two properties in their appeal (except for the location of the bar and restaurant in the original Parador and the difference in price between the two properties of about 10%). Bedrooms generally overlook the delightful gardens, with wooden furnishings and rustic décor.
The facilities available at Santillana’s Parador include gardens and a sauna, and the bar and restaurant – where you may sample traditional Cantabrian dishes – are located in the Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, just across the square.
There is garage parking at this Parador. The Parador is accessed through the entrance to the old town, which involves passing through security bollards which will be raised immediately when you identify yourselves as guests of the Parador.
- This is a town to enjoy on foot. It is worth savouring the architecture and atmosphere from one of the terraces in the evening before or after dinner.