Santillana del Mar North Road

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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.

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Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana

Also known simply as the Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar. It is one of the paradigmatic constructions of the Romanesque style in Spain. Built in the 12th century, it has been declared a World Heritage Site within the UNESCO network of the Pilgrims’ Roads to Santiago de Compostela.

Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana Santillana del Mar

Tower of Don Beltrán de la Cueva

She is also known by the name of the Beltraneja. It is a modern fortification, dating from the 15th century. It is located in the town of Queveda, just 3 kilometres from the village of Santillana. The name comes from the belief that it was the property of Beltrán de la Cueva, the favourite of Enrique IV of Castile.

Torre Beltran Santillana del Mar

Velarde Palace

Located in the Plaza de las Arenas, it was built in the 16th century by Alonso de Velarde. The most remarkable features of the building are its elements from the early Renaissance period in Spain.

Velarde Palace Santillana del Mar

Museum of the Barquillero

It is located in the former home of Archduchess Margaret of Austria. In addition to the handmade wafers, in the house you can get to know everyday objects related to the culture, history and tradition of the place.

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