Welcome to Santillana del Mar


Strict town-planning rules were first introduced back in 1575, and today they include the stipulation that only residents or guests in hotels with garages may bring vehicles into the old heart of town. Other hotel guests may drive to unload luggage and must then return to the car park at the town entrance.

Santillana is a bijou in its own right, but also makes the obvious base for visiting nearby Altamira.


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$525.20 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Northern Spain Guided Tour from Madrid

ItineraryDay 1: 1st. Day (Sunday) MADRID-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN (590 kms)Pass By: Zaragoza1st. Day (Sunday) MADRID-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN (590 kms)Departure from our bus terminal at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel in San Sebastian Day 2: 2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-SANTANDER (205 kms)Pass By: Bilbao, Spain, Bilbao, Province of Vizcaya, Basque Country2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-SANTANDER (205 kms)Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. Short stop to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santander. Free time. Dinner and accommodation.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel in SantanderDay 3: 3rd. Day (Tuesday) SANTANDER-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO (235 kms)Pass By: Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga, Covadonga, Cangas de Onis, Asturias3rd. Day (Tuesday) SANTANDER-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO (235 kms)Breakfast. Departure to Santillana del Mar, medieval village considered as a National Monument. Through splendid landscapes we arrive to Covadonga with time at leisure to visit the Shrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel in OviedoDay 4: 4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (531 kms)Pass By: Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, Salamanca, Province of Salamanca, Castile and Leon4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (531 kms)Breakfast. Departure to Salamanca. Short stop to admire its famous Plaza Mayor and old quarters. Continuation to Madrid. Arrival and end of our services.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$525.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Guided Tour Northern Spain from Barcelona

ItineraryDay 1: 1st. Day (Sunday) BARCELONA-ZARAGOZA - SAN SEBASTIAN (575 kms)Pass By: Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, Zaragoza, Province of Zaragoza, AragonDeparture from Barcelona at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: HotelDay 2: 2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-SANTANDER (205 kms)Pass By: Bilbao, Spain, Bilbao, Province of Vizcaya, Basque CountryBreakfast. Departure to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. Short stop to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santander. Free time. Dinner and accommodation.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: HotelDay 3: 3rd. Day (Tuesday) SANTANDER-SANTILLANACOVADONGA- OVIEDO (235 kmsPass By: Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo, Oviedo, AsturiasBreakfast. Departure to Santillana del Mar, medieval village considered as a National Monument. Through splendid landscapes we arrive to Covadonga with time at leisure to visit the Shrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: HotelDay 4: 4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (526 kms)Pass By: Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, Salamanca, Province of Salamanca, Castile and LeonBreakfast. Departure to Salamanca. Short stop to admire its famous Plaza Mayor and old quarters. Continuation to Madrid. Arrival and end of our services.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$2791.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

ALL SPAIN Small group English only

Day 1. MADRID - CORDOBA - SEVILLE (Monday)Departure through La Mancha to Cordoba. Sightseeing tour, visiting its famous Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish Quarter. After the visit continue to Sevilla. Dinner and accommodations. Optional tour to attend a flamenco show. Day 2. SEVILLE (Tuesday)Half board in the hotel. Morning city tour. Optional artistic tour including the Royal Alcazar Palace. Afternoon at leisure to continue discovering the city. Day 3. SEVILLE - GRANADA (Wednesday)Breakfast. Departure to Granada. Sightseeing tour visiting the AlhambraDay 4. GRANADA - VALENCIA (Thursday)Breakfast. Departure via Guadix, Baza and Puerto Lumbreras towards the Mediterranean coast and arrival to Valencia. Accommodations. Day 5. VALENCIA - BARCELONA (Friday)Breakfast. Free time. At mid morning departure to Barcelona. Arrival and accommodations. Day 6. BARCELONA (Saturday)Breakfast and accommodations. Morning city sightseeing tour. Day 7. BARCELONA - ZARAGOZA - SAN SEBASTIAN (Sunday)Breakfast. Departure to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations. Day 8. SAN SEBASTIAN - BILBAO - SANTILLANA - SANTANDER (Monday)Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao. Short panoramic tour. Continuation to Santillana del Mar, city considered as a National Monument. Short stop and continue to Santander. Dinner and accommodations. Day 9. SANTANDER - COVADONGA - OVIEDO (Tuesday)Breakfast. Departure through Picos de Europa mountains. Arrival to Covadonga with free time to visit the Shrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations Day 10. OVIEDO - GIJON - LUGO (Wednesday)Breakfast. Departure to Gijon the second capital of The region of Asturias. Short panoramic tour and continuation to Galicia. Dinner and accommodations. Day 11. LUGO - LA CORUÑA (Thursday)Breakfast. Departure to La Coruña. Short panoramic tour. In the afternoon optional excursion to the Rías Altas through typical villages as Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc. Dinner and accommodations. Day 12. LA CORUÑA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Friday)Breakfast. Departure to Santiago de Compostela. City tour of this legendary pilgrimage town, Plaza del Obradoiro, Cathedral, etc. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodations. Day 13. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA -  RIAS BAJAS - VIGO (Saturday)Breakfast and departure for the area of the Spanish Fjords (Rias Bajas), through splendid landscapes: La Toja Island, ría de Arosa and Pontevedra. Optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valença do Miño across the Portuguese border. Continuation to Vigo. Dinner and accommodations.Day 14. VIGO - MADRID (Sunday)Breakfast. We will begin our journey through the Galician Mountains to return to Madrid crossing the Castilian region.Arrival in Madrid and end of our services.

$867.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

NORTH OF SPAIN

North of SpainDay 1. BARCELONA - ZARAGOZA -SAN SEBASTIAN (Sunday)Departure from Barcelona at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations.Day 2. SAN SEBASTIAN - BILBAO - SANTILLANA - SANTANDER (Monday)Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao. Short panoramic tour to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santillana del Mar, city considered National Monument. Short stop and continue to Santander. Dinner and accommodations.Day 3. SANTANDER - COVADONGA - OVIEDO (Tuesday)Breakfast. Departure through Picos de Europa mountains and their splendid landscapes. Arrival to Covadonga with free time to visit theShrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations.Day 4. OVIEDO - GIJON - LUGO (Wednesday)Breakfast. Departure to Gijon, the second capital of the region of Asturias. Short panoramic tour and continuation through the areas of Luarca, Ribadeo and Lugo in the Region of Galicia. Dinner and accommodations.Day 5. LUGO - LA CORUÑA (Thursday)Breakfast. Departure to La Coruña. Short panoramic tour. In the afternoon, optional excursion to the Rías Altas through typical villages as Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc. Dinner and accommodations.Day 6. LA CORUÑA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Friday)Breakfast. Departure to Santiago de Compostela. City tour of this legendary pilgrimage town, Plaza del Obradoiro, Cathedral, etc. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner.Day 7. SANTIAGO - RIAS BAJAS - VIGO (Saturday)Breakfast and departure to the area of the Spanish Fjords (Rias Bajas), through splendid landscapes: La Toja Island, ría de Arosa andPontevedra. Optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valença do Miño across the Portuguese border. Continuation to Vigo. Dinner and accommodations.Day 8. VIGO - MADRID (Sunday)Breakfast. We will begin our journey through the Galician Mountains to return to Madrid crossing the Castilian region. This journey could be operated by train VIGO / MADRID.

$844.88 Cultural & Theme Tours

North of Spain from Bilbao to Galicia with Covadonga

Day 1. MADRID - ZARAGOZA- SAN SEBASTIAN (Sunday) Departure from our bus Terminal at 8:00 a.m.to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodation Day 2. SAN SEBASTIAN - BILBAO -SANTILLANA - SANTANDER (Monday) Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao. Short panoramic  tour to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santillana del Mar, city considered as a National Monument. Short stop and continue to Santander. Dinner and accommodations. Day 3. SANTANDER - COVADONGA -OVIEDO (Tuesday) Breakfast. Departure through Picos de Europa mountains through splendid landscapes.Arrival to Covadonga with free time to visit the Shrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations. Day 4. OVIEDO - GIJON - LUGO (Wednesday) Breakfast. Departure to Gijon, the second capital of the region of Asturias. Short panoramic tour and continuation through the areas of Luarca, Ribadeo and Lugo in the Region of Galicia. Dinner and accommodations. Day 5. LUGO - LA CORUÑA (Thursday) Breakfast. Departure to La Coruña. Short panoramic tour. In the afternoon, optionalexcursion to the Rías Altas through typical villages as Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc. Dinner and accommodations. Day 6. LA CORUÑA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Friday) Breakfast. Departure to Santiago de Compostela. City tour of this legendary pilgrimage town, Plaza del Obradoiro, Cathedral, etc. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodations. Day 7. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - RIAS BAJAS - VIGO (Saturday) Breakfast and departure to the area of the Spanish Fjords (Rias Bajas), through splendidlandscapes: La Toja Island, ría de Arosa and Pontevedra. Optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valença do Miño across the portuguese border. Continuation to Vigo. Dinner and accommodations. Day 8. VIGO - MADRID (Sunday) Breakfast. We will begin our journey through the Galician Mountains to return to Madrid crossing the Castilian region. Arrival and end of the services.

$662.20 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Days Northern Coast of Spain Tour

Day 1. MADRID - ZARAGOZA - SAN SEBASTIAN (Sunday) Departure from our bus Terminal at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations Day 2. SAN SEBASTIAN - BILBAO - SANTILLANA - SANTANDER (Monday) Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao. Short panoramic tour to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santillana del Mar, city considered as a National Monument. Short stop and continue to Santander. Dinner and accommodations. Day 3. SANTANDER - COVADONGA - OVIEDO (Tuesday) Breakfast. Departure through Picos de Europa mountains through splendid landscapes. Arrival to Covadonga with free time to visit the Shrine. Continuation to Oviedo, capital city of the Principality of Asturias and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. Arrival to the hotel, dinner and accommodations. Day 4. OVIEDO - GIJON - LUGO (Wednesday) Breakfast. Departure to Gijon the second capital of The region of Asturias. Short panoramic tour and continuation through the areas of Luarca, Ribadeo and Lugo in the Region of Galicia. Dinner and accommodations. Day 5. LUGO - SALAMANCA - MADRID (Thursday) Breakfast. Departure to Salamanca. Short stop to know its famous Plaza Mayor and old quarters. Continuation to Madrid. End of our services.

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