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Santillana del Mar

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  • This town is a must-see for people visiting Cantabria or Asturias. It is said that this medieval town with cobbled streets is neither holy nor flat, and doesn't have a beach (in spite of its name), but is still a major attraction within the town, especially because of its extraordinary architectural heritage as well as being so close to the caves of d'Altamira. Among all the buildings, there is one ...
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  • A magnificent medieval town situated on the northern route of the Way of Saint James
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  • One of the most visited places and attractions of the region.
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  • The Romanesque capitals in the Cloister of the Collegiate of Santillana del Mar.
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  • The Santillana Foundation's headquarters are found here in the Tower of Don Borja.
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  • Romanesque style with added Renaissance and baroque features.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

This town is a must-see for people visiting Cantabria or Asturias. It is said that this medieval town with cobbled streets is neither holy nor flat, and doesn't have a beach (in spite of its name), but is still a major attraction within the town, especially because of its extraordinary architectural heritage as well as being so close to the caves of d'Altamira. Among all the buildings, there is one example that stands out: the collegial church of Santa Juliana, with its Romanesque style and added Renaissance and baroque features. The Palace of Velarde and the Tower of Don Borja are other samples of Santillana del Mar's architecture, but the most surprising examples are undoubtedly the great number - and the quality of preservation - of numerous houses and villages. A few examples include: Casa de los Abades, Casa de los Quevedo, Casa de los Hombrones, Casa de los Villa, etc.

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Santillana del Mar: the key figures

Surface area : Cantabria stretches over 2,042 mi˛, from the Cantabrian Cordillera to the Cantabrian Sea. km2

Population : There are about 530,000 inhabitants in the autonomous community, with an approximate density of 69 inhabitants per mi˛. Almost 200,000 inhabitants live in the capital city, Santander. inhabitants

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