Traditional Picayo dancing in Plaza de la Constitución, Comillas.
Visit Comillas, what to see
Plaza de la Constitución is Comillas’ main square and social hub, framed by several lesser old structures and two important ancient buildings, the Iglesia de San Cristobal (completed about 1750, with not a very gripping interior) and the Ayuntamiento Antiguo, 1780 (Old Town Hall, on the right).
The event above was not for the benefit of tourists and took place on 16th July during the Fiesta del Santo Cristo del Amparo (14-20 July).
Comillas local government claim that Corro Campios is the social centre of Comillas, the square behind the church, but these days in the summer season it’s dedicated to tourist eating and drinking facilities and a fundamentally dull place.
Plaza de la Constitución.
Fuente de Los Tres Caños, a modernist fountain dedicated to the man who financed the town’s first water supply. It’s located at the start of the old town.
Driving in Cantabria
Taking back roads in northern Spain may seem a delightful idea but most villages have clever traffic lights installed that turn red if you travel a little too fast. Great in principle but limits outside urban areas are 100kph or 90kph and change further according to the degree of curve in the road. Meanwhile inside urban areas limits are 50kph, and villages are quite common, and the lights are very strict. So you will soon find yourself constantly braking or accelerating, not a relaxing drive. But you’ll do it anyway, won’t you!