Comillas attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Comillas

Palacio de Sobrellano

In hillside parkland stands the Marqués de Comillas’ fabulous neo-Gothic palace. With this 1888 building, Modernista architect Joan Martorell truly managed to out-Gothic real Gothic. On the 25-minute guided tour (in…
Top Choice Architecture in Comillas

Capricho de Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí left few reminders of his genius beyond Catalonia, but of them the 1885 Capricho de Gaudí is easily the most flamboyant. This brick building, one of Gaudí’s earliest works and originally a summer playpa…
Top Choice Beach in Comillas

Playa de Oyambre

The 2km-long, soft-blonde Playa de Oyambre, 5km west of Comillas, is a sandy dream protected by the Parque Natural Oyambre. It has some surfable waves, a couple of year-round campgrounds and a dash of intriguing his…
Architecture in Comillas

Antigua Universidad Pontificia

Modernista architects Joan Martorell, Cristóbal Cascante and Lluís Domènech i Montaner all had a hand in this complex 1892 former seminary, with Domènech i Montaner contributing its medieval flavour. It’s now an int…
Cemetery in Comillas

Cemetery

Comillas’ old parish church, in ruins, now forms part of a cemetery down near the beach. It’s overlooked by a white-marble statue of a guardian angel by Catalan sculptor Josep Llimona, and has a distinctly spooky au…
Chapel in Comillas

Capilla-Panteón de Sobrellano

On a grassy hillside beside the Marqués de Comillas’ summer palace is the marquis’ family tomb, an intricate ‘mini-cathedral’ designed by Joan Martorell. Completed in 1881, it was the first Modernista building to ap…
Fountain in Comillas

Fuente de los Tres Caños

In the heart of town, this elaborate triple-tiered fountain and lamp post was created in 1899 by Modernista Lluís Domènech i Montaner and decorated with intricate floral motifs.
Church in Comillas

Iglesia de San Cristóbal

Comillas’ main church was constructed in the 17th century – the townspeople, offended, paid for it from their own pockets after the Duque de Infantado’s retinue refused to share a pew with common folk for Sunday mas…