Top Attractions in Santillana del Mar
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- One of the larger public squares in the town of Santillana del Mar, though not the historic centre. Some of the principal sites of the town including Torre del Merino, Torre de Don Borja and the Town Hall are located here. You’ll also find wonderful examples of charming Cantabrian architecture at the square. The only downside is that the square isn’t overly endowed with cafes, but it’s only a small town.Written December 17, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We came here from Santillana del mar as it was a very short drive and fell in love with this small secluded beach and the Ermita de Santa Justa. The waves come in hard against the rocks but are calm once they reach the sandy beach. The ermita is a very short walk up a hill on the opposite side of the beach. Very relaxing and very enjoyable.Written September 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Collegiate church and cloister of St Juliana is a fine example of Romanesque architecture and can be found in the historic centre of Santillana del Mar. The building has a magnificent dome, transept, and tower. While the exterior has fine examples of archivolts not just on arches, but on windows too. Well worth a visit along with Museo de Altamira. It's just a shame the building is on the verge of falling into ruin due to lack of maintenance.Written December 17, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A street linking the entrance into the town towards Plaza Mayor de Santillana del Mar. Many of the most significant landmarks of the town are on this street including Palacio Peredo Barreda, Casa del Águila and Casa la Parra. The street is charming, although you will have to run the gauntlet of tourist shops as well.Written December 16, 2022
- We walked to the museum from our hotel in Santillana del mar, just over 2km each way. I would recommend this if it’s a nice day, as the views over the countryside are lovely.
We went on Saturday at midday, and there were very few visitors (September) so no need to queue.
There’s a video at the outset of your visit to ‘set the scene’, which is interesting. There’s little language, so no worry if you don’t speak Spanish. However, I’m not sure that stone age man was as well dressed, manicured and tall as the video suggests !
Museum was well laid out and staff were helpful. The replica cave is well done. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.Written September 17, 2022
- Like others have said, you can see the difference that lots of money makes to prettying up surroundings for animals - this is more basic. However, all the animals were in good condition and healthy, with fairly normal behaviours despite being in a zoo - the Arctic wolves were affectionate to each other, and curious, running freely, the Orangutans interacting and fascinated by us, red squirrels whizzing around, birds freely wandering the aviaries, carnivores eyeing up the two workmen in the adjacent enclosure as a potential snack, and the butterflies were just wonderful, as others have said. It had been pouring the day before and some enclosures were muddy and churned up but the animals. I won't visit zoos unless they have a breeding programme, and this one has some success with species we humans have endangered. Labels all in Spanish so take a dictionary to answer childrens' questions. Limited shop and basic but clean loo facilities; the cafe was not open when we were there on a Wednesday morning last week.Written October 15, 2019
- Charming historic centre of Santillana Del Mar with cobbled streets, traditional Cantabrian houses, the Collegiate Church of Santillana, some interesting landmarks and the obligatory tourist shops. There's a tourist office where you can get a map of the points of interest in the town. About 2km from the centre is the Museo de Altamira, which is definitely worth a visit.
Be careful not to visit on a Sunday or Monday though as the museums are closed, which makes things less interesting.Written December 18, 2022
Nice small museum, interesting to visit the place
Interesting, and good organized, but we have see a larges museum like that, so will be good to visit it, any way will take you not more than half hour
Date of experience: August 2020Written October 14, 2020
- This museum is just next door to the Colegiata de Santa Juliana en Santillana del Mar. This museum is in the “La Casa de la Archiduquesa de Austria”. At the entrance to the Barquillero Museum of Santillana del Mar we have a figure of a doll representing a waiter, which draws the attention of children mainly but also of the elderly. Upon entering there is a store with a lot of charm, since in it we can buy sweets, chocolates, artisan products and mainly waffles. To continue the visit, you have to go upstairs to the first floor, here you will see the area where everything is related to the world of wafers, here we can see nacelles, molds, an organ, car figurines, sewing machines, scales , spinning tops, old cola-cao boats and some waffle dolls among other objects of the time. Small location but nice. You can visit the museum
From Monday to Friday and this from 5 to 9 pm, also during the weekends and holidays than it is open all day, the entrance is for free.Written December 5, 2017
- The Torre de Don Borja is a tower house located on the north side of the old market square in the historic centre of Santillana del Mar. The building is designed in a mix of Gothic, Romanesque and Cantabrian architecture. The most prominent portion of the building is the central tower, which is flanked by two wings with Catabrian balconies over Romanesque arcades. The tower is open for visits, although it’s not open on Mondays. An interesting landmark in this picturesque town.Written December 16, 2022
- We were taken aback by the amount of relics here, interesting and a lovely building. Not recommended for children.Written September 29, 2019
- A delightful small regional museum that lets you walk through one of the old buildings in town. An interested photo display of their annual festival. Worth the time.Written June 18, 2022
- Why have this place as a local feature when the only time you can enter is when an exhibition is on. The gardens can only be accessed via the Palacio and it looks beautiful so why lock it away ?Written July 2, 2018
- Full of wonderful clocks and timepieces from up to 700 years ago. Founded by Senora Gomes it is a small place but well worth a visit.Written September 1, 2017
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