Comillas Pictures Guide, Spain

Comillas town festival, Cantabria, north Spain

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 wide view, Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Plaza de la Constitución.

Ancient Shops leading towards Plaza de la Constitución, Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

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.

Doing Comillas on a Day Trip

Ancient Shops leading towards Plaza de la Constitución, Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Shops leading towards Plaza de la Constitución.

This is a brilliant little old town offering a mass of minor sights and a handful of major attractions, along with a decent beach for afters. It’s a must-see day-trip for any tourists in Cantabria, along with equally lovely and ancient Santillana del Mar, though the latter seems to have more tourist overload and less major sights.
Don’t try to do Comillas and Santillana del Mar in the same day, they’re too similar and both need relaxed time to wander and enjoy.

Comillas is just 30 minutes west from Santander on the excellent A8/S20 Autopista, or 90 minutes from Bilbao. There are clear signs off the Autopista but the first one takes a long route via Santillana del Mar to reach the town while the second turning is short and fast. See Driving in Cantabria for tips!

Ivy-covered shop in Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Up the hill and more shops. . .

Corre San Pedro homes, Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

. . . and more homes in Corre San Pedro.

And  some bigger sights outside Comillas

El Capricho de Gaudi seen from behind rocks, Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

El Capricho de Gaudi, a ten minute walk from the old town. Wow! (with reservations).

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!