Palacio de Sobrellano
Palacio de Sobrellano
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This marvellous Neo-Gothic palace was once the summer home of the Marqués de Comillas. Designed by Modernista architect Joan Martorell, it also has an ornate wood-carved fireplace designed by Antoni Gaudí.

The exterior is decorated with magnificent Gothic balconies with intricate traceries over Modernisme columns. The interior can only be seen on 30-minute guided tours (in Spanish), you’ll see the grand central hall with sweeping carved-stone staircases, a reception/billiard room, beautiful stained-glass windows and vibrant murals detailing a egotistical journey through the marquis’ life.
Written December 15, 2022
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Maggiemay662
letterkenny ireland7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
A beautiful place but unfortunately can only be viewed with a guide who only speaks in Spanish. There are no audio guides in other languages just a leaflet with a minimum amount of information in English. There are many tourists of different nationalities visiting Comillas so there should be information in different languages provided in these tourist attractions the same as what a guide provides in Spanish. It is so unwelcoming to be with a group who only speaks in a language one does not know.
Comillas is such a beautiful place it is a pity that non Spanish speaking tourists are not catered for in the architectural establishments.
Written April 26, 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Antonio Lopez was the first Marques de Comillas and was the richest man in Spain in the 19th century, having made his fortune in Cuba and ship building. He was so rich that the Spanish King had to ask him for help in financing the government. He had the architect Joan Martorell build his palace and the construction finished in 1888. The style of the palace is Neo-Gothic, with Venetian influences. The shape of the building is rectangular and the interior has furniture designed by Antonio Gaudi and paintings by Eduardo Llorens. The exterior has sculptures by Joan Roig. The palace is now the property of the Government of Cantabria and is a museum that can be visited.
Written August 14, 2014
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Meltem v
Putten, The Netherlands24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Upon seeing the palace we were impressed with the architecture. We could not enter the palace and had to wait for 20 min. After the wait we bought tickets to a Spanish tour (no English tours), because you could only see the inside of the palace when you buy tickets for the tour. Inside there was furniture in the rooms (unlike its neighbouring house El Capricho del Gaudi), but everything was explained in Spanish so we didn't understand what they were talking about. What was disappointing was that we could only see the rooms downstairs and we could walk upstairs and downstairs again. From the outside it's a must-see, but you can spend the time you would have on the tour elsewhere.
Written July 22, 2013
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CeciliaCy
Santander, Spain200 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
What a pity that such a wonderful site is so badly organized. The website is just awful. It doesn’t work properly and almost lost in the net (search for it in Google and good luck with it) We are Spanish speakers and was difficult to us, we cannot imagine what it can be for a foreigner.

The entrance appears to have to types of entrances which the guide at the counter never explained.

Also, it said to arrive 15 min prior departure, arrive before as they simply close the door and you are left there.

The guide, where to start, rude and expressive as a parrot. Simply memorizing the speech and being zero interactive.

By the way, the group is large as 60 people, so for those with hearing or walking issues, you won’t get to follow much.

It’s really, such a disturb to see important sites as this one, part of our heritage being lost for such a poor management.
Written August 18, 2019
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Ian C
London, UK23,741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
In the 19th century, new prosperity brought a spate of new buildings to Comillas as it became a holiday destination for the aristocracy.

The first Marquess of Comillas was Antonio López y López, owner of the Compañía Transatlántica Española. Born in Comillas in 1817, he made his fortune in Cuba in shipping and slaves and bought his title in 1878.

He purchased the Casa Ojeco for his mother and, on the 5th of May 1881, the King held Parliament here, so Comillas was Spain's capital city for a day.

Before this, Antonio López y López had invited King Alfonso XII to his mansion, thus ensuring the town's popularity, while the architect Joan Martorell built the enormous and extravagant Neo-Gothic Palacio de Sobrellano for the marquess (which now also has modern sculpture in its grounds) with the Art Nouveau university on the hillside opposite.

It's a spectacular building, but it is really irritating, when you are at the Gaudi house next door, to have to go back to the main road for a long circular walk, at which point you discover you have just missed the hourly guided tour. The two should work more closely together, for the benefit of both.
Written July 17, 2019
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neamster1
Kelowna, Canada110 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
Opening hours are not posted until after you have made the .5 k walk up the driveway. Entry is for tour times only, and they are conducted in Spanish. You cannot go round on your own.
Written September 15, 2012
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AlexD271085
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Gorgeous place, amazing view from the front of palace.
Located near capricho De Gaudi.
Check the schedule before visiting.
Written August 12, 2019
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Mireille B
Ramnicu Valcea, Romania681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
I stayed 7 days in Comillas last spring and I was amazed by the beauty of the small town .I was impressed by the huge palace Sobrellano ,built for Marquis de Comillas ,who brought prosperity for the villagein the 19 th century .A palace in such a small place seemed to me curious and to my big surprise I discovered the El Capricio of Gaudi ,nearby.The palace(1881) was designed by the Catalan arhitect Juan Martorell in the Neo -Gothic style .I had to wait an hour outside ,for the English tour guide , ,because the other tours were only in Spanish .I visited the ground floor ,I enjoyed the central staircase ,the visit lasted 25 minutes .I learnt that the electric light was introduced in this palace for the first time in Spain ,because king Alfred came to stay here on his summer holidays .I enjoyed the landscape outside the palace ,overlooking in the distance the Pontifical University .Comillas is a pretty resort known for its unusual buldings.
Written November 19, 2018
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correaalberto
Puerto Colombia, Colombia128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This palace was built by the local royalty the Marqui of Comillas in order to attract national royalty namely the king and it did. After it was built by a renowned architect of the time it became fashionable for aristocrats and the wealthy to have houses in Comillas. This is a strategy used in other cities in order to revive their economy in the early 1900´s and late 1800´s in Spain. And it seems to have worked every time.
Written October 31, 2018
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