Near the Los Trastolillos Hotel, you can find a number of unique, beautiful and truly special places, some within walking sita
Travel to the beginnings of the last century by strolling through the streets of Comillas – where small Modernist palaces coexist with manors, the Capricho de Gaudí, a present from the Marquis of Commilas, and its small fishing port where sailors of
Progressing down the coastal road, we can find many small paradises, such as the beach of
San Vicente De La Barquera, as we stroll under the arcade facing the port, where boats return once their tasks are complete to rise in the morning and barter their catch with the restaurateurs, and years ago with the local Innkeepers.
Santillana del Mar offers a trip to the Middle Ages, as you walk through its cobblestone streets and perfectly conservated architecture. These architectural jewels can be discovered at ease due to the Y shape that its streets form, starting from the Collegiate church in the Romanesque and Gothic style to the Towers del Merino and of La De Don Borja. This promenade also allows us to enjoy the traditional artisanal and gastronomic products of the town. On the outskirts of the town, you can find the Cabes of Altamira that feature reknowned, prehistoric, parietal cave art, as well as a view of the entire valley. The Museum situated there also contains an exact replica of the cave, giving us a sense of how our ancestors lived. Last, and not least, you can also find the Zoo of Santillana, specialised in animals in recovery
between the Picos de Europa and the Cantabrian Sea, trapped by the visual emotions of our surroundings, we board the mining train that slowly descends into the Cave of Soplao. As we get off and start walking, we are sorely tempting to run our hands over the wonders around us, so it's best we stick them at our sides as we explore this underground world. The life and beauty of what we are now experiencing have taken hundreds of years to form.
As we approach via the street of the Gorge of La Hermida (in Spanish "El Desfiladero De La Hermida"), we'd be hard-pressed not to be moved by the scenery as we arrive at Potes. Between little alleyways and streets, Medieval towers and townhouses, a good Lebaniego stew with chickpeas and cabbage, topped with Orujo, to then head towards Santa Toribio, a site of pilgrimage of the Lebaniego way, and one of four of the Catholic World.
In what was left of an abandoned, open-air, iron mine, through manmade adjustments, there now live a variety of animals from all over the world in semi-freedom.
A trail through Cabárceno means one between Tigers, Lions, Giraffes, Bears, Elephants, Birds of Prey, Seals, and a much more. We enjoy these fantastic sights in whichever method most suits us – from car, to bike, to hike, or even from the cable car.