A Medieval leg stretch
As part of our 2016 Spanish road trip we were heading from our first stopover of Bilbao towards Oviedo, but as we never really like to use the motorways (unless necessary) we were travelling west along the CA-131.
After only about 19 miles (30km) outside Santander you come across the wonderful Medieval town of Santillana del Mar, in Cantabria.
A helpful guide
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used this version of the book to plan the northern part of our Spanish road trips.
Camino de Santiago
This picturesque route is also part of the Camino de Santiago trail, along which many a pilgrim has wandered.
This is a delightful town to go and explore and if you are travelling there by car the parking is free, so there is really no excuse not to stop.
This town dates back to the Middle Ages and immediately on strolling in, you are walking upon cobbles many have trodden before.
Wind your way through the picturesque streets and you will be greeted by the collegiate church of Santa Juliana, which was erected over the ancient monastery.
Taking you on a short visual journey, you can see some of the wonderful architecture that has been lovingly preserved.