Cathedral of Santander

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The Parador Gil Blas in Santillana del Mar is extremely comfortable and we enjoyed two nights there. The town is very pretty and from there it is easy to visit Altamira and Suances. Now we planned to visit the Cathedral … Continued

Altamira near Santillana del Mar

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I have always wanted to see the cave paintings at Altamira near Santillana del Mar. On our last day we visited the museum and then spent an hour at nearby Suances, on the sea.

Santillana del Mar

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Santillana del Mar was our last stop before taking the ferry back to the UK. It is a very pretty and historic town and a most enjoyable way in which to end a long trip in Spain. Follow my blog … Continued

The Cathedral in Santillana del Mar

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The Cathedral in Santillana del Mar is astonishing! The town is a short hop from Santander and a busy tourist town. But wander down the high street and suddenly you arrive at a Cathedral!

The road from Oviedo to Santillana del Mar

A wonderful visit to Northern Spain, exploring towns, villages and back roads, was coming to a close. Three days in Oviedo just wasn’t enough but it was time to move on. We decided our road from Oviedo to Santillana del … Continued

Lebena & Frama and churches 1,000 years old

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At the Monastery at San Toribio I saw a map with the names of monasteries and churches in the surrounding areas. We were staying in Cambarco and nearby there were important monasteries, so off we went to explore! Lebeña and … Continued

Romanesque Church near Potes in the Picos

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Santa Maria Real de Piasca is a Romanesque Church near Potes in the Picos de Europa. There seemed to be many churches, monasteries, and hermitages in the area around Potes and we had time to visit three.

The Mediaeval town of Potes in the Picos de Europa

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Potes is a small town in the far east of the Picos de Europa Natural Park in northern Spain. It lies in a valley with two rivers running through the town: the Quiviesa, and the main river, the Deva. Potes was an … Continued

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