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  • 1 Altamira Caves Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    S481 E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    The prehistoric Altamira Caves are among the most famous in the world. Discovered in 1879, they are made up of various galleries with paintings and engravings on the walls that go back to the Solutrean age. The original caves can no longer be visited..

  • 2 The Collegial Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. del Abad Francisco Navarro E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    Although its apse is of a very pure Romanesque design, its façade lacks a little unity. However, because of the harmonious disposition of its bays and towers, as well as its beautiful golden colour, it fits very well into the square. Inside, note fou..

  • 3 Altamira Museum and New Cave Interesting

    Museums and art

    E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    Devoted to the Altamira period, the highly informative museum shows visitors the way of life and art of Palaeolithic man, which is both interesting and attractive (audio-visual aids, animation, tables, etc.). A visit to the New Cave allows the public..

  • 4 Saint Dominic's Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C. de Santo Domingo E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    The Villa House is distinguished by its semi-circular balconies. The quarters of the coat of arms contain all the devices: the emblem of the Villas, which features an eagle with wings unfurled and pierced by an arrow, carries the following inscriptio..

  • 5 Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Ramon Pelayo E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    Lining this triangular square are the Parador Gil Blas, the 14C Merino Tower, the battlements of which appear to be under the roof and the Borja-Barreda Tower and its elegant gateway with Gothic arch. The town hall occupies an 18C building.

  • 6 Palacio de Velarde

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de las Arenas E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    Head alongside the collegiate church to admire the Romanesque apses and the Velarde Palace which has retained its Renaissance appearance following restoration.

  • 7 Convent of the Queen of Heaven

    Religious buildings

    El Cruce, s/n E - 39330 Santillana del Mar

    This restored 16C convent of the Order of St. Clare houses the Diocesan Museum. Popular religious art.

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