Santillana del Mar (2014)

Santillana del Mar is a handsome town in the north of Spain where you’ll find a number of attractions. It’s a tourist spot to be sure, with the Altamira Caves, a zoo, and the Collegiate Church among the many attractions. Here’s a look at the plaza mayor:

Plaza Mayor of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Plaza Mayor of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Notice those flowers on the balcony. Some of the homes here have an almost Alpine quality to them. The winding streets lead past the gift shops to a number of very good restaurants and bars:

Streets of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Streets of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Everything is neat and tidy, amazingly clean for the number of people that pass through here. Don’t miss the views from the edge of town. As you see in the next photo, things are beautiful:

View from the edge of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

View from the edge of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

As many people visit the area, most are from Spain. Visitors from the USA often forgo a stop here for other destinations. However, if you’re looking to delve deeper in the culture, I suggest a jaunt through northern Spain to places like this where you’ll encounter a robust and welcoming culture all its own.

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