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Church in Santillana del Mar

Colegiata de Santa Juliana

A stroll along Santillana’s cobbled main street, past solemn 15th- to 18th-century nobles’ houses, leads to this beautiful 12th-century Romanesque ex-monastery. The big drawcard is the cloister, a formidable storeho…
Cantabrian in Santillana del Mar

La Villa

La Villa's three-course lunch or dinner menu, including a full bottle of wine, offers great value for touristy Santillana. Settle into the stone-walled garden courtyard and sample northern Spanish classics such as c…
Cantabrian in Santillana del Mar

Restaurante Gran Duque

High-quality local fare is served in this stone house with noble trappings and decorative touches such as exposed brick and beams. There’s a reasonable balance of surf and turf options, including mariscadas for two …
Cantabrian in Santillana del Mar

Los Blasones

A mustard-yellow dining room lined with chestnut wood, Los Blasones has been dishing up the usual Cantabrian selections since 1970. Hearty offerings from the open-plan kitchen include cocido montañés (a regional mea…
Cantabrian in Santillana del Mar

Casa Cossío

This simple but reliable and friendly spot delivers well-prepared, unfussy Cantabrian classics. Raciones of local anchovies, steamed mussels and Picos de Europa cheeses are served up alongside a wide choice of home-…
Museum in Santillana del Mar

Museo de la Tortura

This grisly exhibition displays more than 70 grim instruments of torture and capital punishment used by the Inquisition and elsewhere in Europe. You may want to leave the kids outside.