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Sublime Santillana Del Mar

October 16, 2008

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You never know when you hear high praise for a place, whether it will meet your expectations or if your imagination is stronger than the best pictures and words you've researched, leaving you a little let down,  when you finally walk the land yourself. Santillana del Mar easily surpassed our highest expectations!

"A medieval town arrested in time, a treasure without equal in Spain, Santillana del Mar is just minutes from Altamar, and I cannot think of two more rewarding visits." Penelope Casas

"The prettiest village in Spain"    Jean-Paul  Satre   

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We traveled across the Astrias region of Spain, to Cantabrias, yet another beautiful area of "Green Spain", where Santillana del Mar is located. We love ancient, authentic golden villages, full of charm and enchantment, so of course, this place appealed to us.

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We stayed at a nice campsite in the countryside within walking distance to the village. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and bucolic life. There is a sense of eternity here and it lulled us into another time and place as we watched nursing baby cows and horses on our way to the small cobbled streets of the classic village. Sure, there is some tourism, but mostly, village life goes on as it has for centuries, in a very simple way. Or at least that was our experience in late June.

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The sun was shining so we were in good moods, enjoying an ideal day in a fairy tale town, learning a little history in a most pleasant way.

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HappyCampers

Such beautiful pictures...thanks, as always, for taking the time to share your adventures with us!

Anya Clowers, RN

Thanks for bringing Spain to my home tonight. Brilliant photos and post.

soultravelers3

Aw, thanks HappyCampers and Anya! It is comments like yours that keep me doing this as we roam!

Sean Lannin

Beautiful pictures and great story.

We are ready to scrap Latin America and head to spain.

Thanks for sharing.

Jet Set Life

This was a great post. This looks like a great place to visit. I'll be sure to pass this on to my readers.

Susan

I have been to Santillana and is amazing thanks for your post and your amazing pictures!

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