Luxury hotel holiday Parador de Santillana Gil Blas Cantabria

Bordering Plaza de Las Arenas in the historic Cantabrian town of Santillana del Mar, the four-star Parador de Santillana Gil Blas is a gem amid the cobblestoned streets. A quaint noble house in the pedestrian-only old town, the hotel welcomes you to immerse yourself in the tradition of the region with authentic interiors and regional cuisine at the restaurant.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, Cantabria

Parador de Santillana Gil Blas is a 4-star, cosy and quaint hideaway in the old town of Santillana del Mar. Elegant and comfortable accommodation and delicious local cuisine afford guests a truly relaxing and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located in the town of Santillana del Mar, about 20-minutes' drive from the coast

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Bilbao

Distance from airport About 90 minutes' drive from Bilbao

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Tapas and Cocktail Bar, Terrace, Garden, Garage Parking.

Out and about nearby

Plaza Mayor de Ramón Pelayo, Santillana del Mar Zoo, Comillas, Nearby beaches, Soplao's Caves, San Vicente de la Barquera, Oyambre Natural Park, Santander.

Sports nearby

Golf.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights

From about

£890 low season

£1,020 high season

Holiday Code EXH1585

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, Cantabria

Bordering Plaza de Las Arenas in the historic Cantabrian town of Santillana del Mar, the four-star Parador de Santillana Gil Blas is a gem amid the cobbled streets. The setting is wildly romantic; wander the pedestrian-only town centre and admire the beautiful architecture and atmospheric squares. The Parador itself dwells within a large noble house, whose plain masonry facade dates back to the 18th century and is scantly decorated to preserve its original charm, its only embellishment a family crest. When you step inside, you will notice that the cobbles continue underfoot, exposed beams overhead and a stone archway which leads to the rest of the property. This lobby area establishes the tone from the rest of the hotel, its mismatched sofas, antique wooden furniture, canary yellow walls and the glow from the lanterns lending a true sense of Cantabrian tradition and authenticity. The style stays true to the mountain dwellings of the noble classes. Other public areas include hideaway lounges furnished with plush sofas, while an outdoor terrace can be found to the rear of the building. Adjacent to a luscious patch of lawn and cast into shadow by towering trees, the tables here promise atmosphere and charm, overlooked by guestroom balconies. With dark wood floor boards, richly embroidered soft furnishings and shuttered windows, guestrooms and suites maintain a rustic style to suit the setting. As the town is totally pedestrianised, feel free to sleep with the shutters thrown open to benefit from night-time breezes. Dine on traditional Cantabrian cuisine such as stews, meats and cheeses at Restaurant El Jardín de Gil Blas Café, which offers a children's menu, a selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes as well as desserts suitable for diabetics. For lighter bites, there is also a tapas and cocktail bar.

Room descriptions

Parador de Santillana Gil Blas has 28 rooms and suites with air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, minibar, telephone, WiFi and hairdryer.

Double Room
Superior Double Room
Junior Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights

From about

£890 low season

£1,020 high season

Holiday Code EXH1585

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, Cantabria

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, Santillana del Mar, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Bilbao. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet or Jet2 for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 1 hours and 30 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome and those under 2 years stay for free. For children under 13 years there are special rates when sharing a room with 2 parents.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights

From about

£890 low season

£1,020 high season

Holiday Code EXH1585

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, Cantabria

About Green Spain

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Green Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in the regions of Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria in northern Spain, including coastal properties, city hotels and rural retreats. From the pretty rivers on the west coast of Galicia to the spectacular mountains of Asturias and the prehistoric caves of Cantabria, Green Spain is a picturesque area in the north of Spain. With quiet sandy beaches, green landscapes, charming villages and Romanesque architecture lining the famed pilgrimage route which leads to Santiago de Compostela, there is plenty to discover. Although many of those who go on holiday to northern Spain simply pass through en route to Santiago de Compostela, the entire region has much to offer. Stunning beaches are almost untouched, whilst the mild climate has produced rich vegetation which covers unspoilt countryside. Both along the coast and further inland there are attractive cities, towns and villages with a wealth of historical, architectural and cultural sights to discover. Galicia and Asturias have strong cultural identities, both fiercely defending their Celtic traditions which include playing bagpipes, and even speaking their own languages. In the far west is the remote region of Galicia, known as ‘The land of a thousand rivers’ thanks to the numerous wide inlets that run into the sea. The Atlantic coastline is rugged, with rocky headlands, idyllic beaches and isolated fishing villages, whilst the interior is hilly and overwhelmingly green. To the east is the Principality of Asturias, an enchanting region of contrasts with secluded beaches as well as peaceful countryside. Forming a natural barrier in the south are the towering Picos de Europa mountains, a spectacular area with small mountain villages, lush pastures, emerald forests, sheer gorges and glittering lakes. Next is the small, mountainous region of Cantabria, where white sand beaches line the coastline facing the Bay of Biscay, separated by rugged headlands.

Highlights of Green Spain

Santiago de Compostela cathedral, the supposed resting place of St James the Apostle, from whose rooftop you can enjoy unforgettable views over the old town. The attractive Galician cities of Ourense, Pontevedra and Lugo, all with historical sites including Roman architecture. Maritime cities along the Atlantic coastline including A Coruna, Ferrol, Vigo, and Baiona. The Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse near A Coruna. Galicia's fjord-like inlets known as the Rías Altas (along the north-west coast) and the Rías Baixas (along the southwestern coast). The dramatic Cape Finisterre, so called because it was thought to be the westernmost point in Europe. The stunning Picos de Europa mountains, home to a diverse range of walking trails and the atmospheric Covadonga Sanctuary. Oviedo, the attractive capital of Asturias which is home to some remarkable pre-Romanesque churches. Altamira Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient rock paintings which are up to 20000 years old. Comillas, a beachside town with impressive architecture including a building designed by Antonio Gaudí. Pleasant towns along the shores of the Cantabrian Sea including Gijón and Llanes. Santillana del Mar, a picturesque village inland with a number of well-preserved mediaeval buildings. Santander, a lively port city with a historic quarter, a modern centre and the famous El Sardinero beach.

Festivals in Green Spain

February/March: Carnivals celebrating Lent, March: Vigo Reconquest Festival; March/April: Holy week celebrations, July: ‘A Rapa das Bestas’ horse festival held in Galician villages, July: Saint James the Apostle festival in Santiago de Compostela, July: Nava Cider Festival (near Oviedo), August: Festival of San Roque in Betanzos (near A Coruna), August: Santander International Festival.

Gastronomy in Green Spain

Cuisine in the north of Spain tends to be simple and hearty, making good use of the excellent local produce including abundant fish and seafood, plentiful meat and game and a great variety of vegetables. The regions produce a range of dairy products, from the mild soft cheeses of Galicia to the smoked cheese of Cantabria and the blue cheeses of Asturias. Asturias is known for its dry cider, whilst Galicia produces high quality wines, both crisp whites and fruity reds, as well as a strong liqueur, ‘Orujo.’ Local dishes include ‘Vieras de Santiago’ (Scallops, the symbol of St James, which are baked in their shells), ‘Empanada gallega’ (a Galician meat pasty), ‘Lacón con grelos’ (pork shoulder with chorizo, turnips and potatoes), ‘Caldo gallego’ (thick soup with meat, potatoes and beans), ‘Fabada’ (an Asturian stew with pork and beans), ‘Tarta de Santiago’ (an almond cake), ‘La quesada’ (a Cantabrian cheesecake) and ‘Sobaos Pasiegos’ (Cantabrian sponge cakes).

Climate in Green Spain

Green Spain has a wet and mild climate with warm summers and cool winters. Summer is a popular time to visit northern Spain as the weather is sunny yet comfortable, but you can expect good weather in Spring and Autumn as well. Rain falls throughout the year although there is little during the summer months. Temperatures are rarely extreme, although mountainous areas can be very cold in winter with snow falling.

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