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

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

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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