The Parador de Santillana del Mar Gil Blas is a charming 3-star hotel housed in a mansion that was once the ancestral home of the Barreda-Bracho family, and is designated as a National Monument. It is located on a square in the center of Santillana del Mar, which is about 30 minutes west of Santander and just 3 km. from the historic Altamira Caves.
This picturesque medieval town, with origins that date back to the 8th century, has long been a favorite stopping place on the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela. Visitors can admire the well preserved sandstone and brick medieval buildings, cobblestone streets and balconies full of flowers as they stroll through the historic city center, which is open only to pedestrians. This historic district has preserved its original character for hundreds of years. Highlights among the buildings include the Casa del Águila (House of the Eagle) and the Casa de la Plaza (House of the Square), the statue Homenaje al hombre de Altamira (Homage to the Man of Altamira), and the fabulous town hall building.
Just 10 minutes from Santillana is the Cave of Altamira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains some of the finest examples of Paleolithic art in the world. The Santillana del Mar Zoo is just 2 kilometers from town and a must-see, especially if you have children. And a little over 15 kilometers away you will find the lovely village of Comillas, lapped by the waters of the Bay of Biscay.
The doors to the Parador open to reveal comfortable guest rooms and bright, cozy spaces with wood floors and refined, elegant traditional décor. Guests can enjoy the intimate feeling of staying in a lovely manor house with just 28 rooms.
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