Santillana del Mar has the popular nickname of the town of the three lies, since according to the popular saying: “it is neither holy, nor is it flat, nor does it have a sea”. This town was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1889. Nearby is the famous cave of Altamira.
A little history
After the prehistoric archaeological sites in the area, the town was founded in the Middle Ages around the abbey of Santa Juliana. In the 11th century it was granted its charter by King Fernando I. During the Modern Age, Santillana would live an important constructive development.