Comillas which at the end of the 19th century became a regular summer resort
Art nouveau - such as El Capricho, one of the first works of Antoni Gaudí.
Notes 11th April Tuesday
We headed for the main church, but it was locked, and some pilgrims were just packing their things after sleeping over night in the arcades. We walked through the deserted cobbled streets and out of town, join king up with a dutchman who had been walking for the last year and a half. We were passed by quite a few pilgrims, joining up with two from previous nights to check out an allegedly open pilgrim breakfast place, which despite expensive signposts to lure us from the wa, was closed. From there up a hill to a large church with a view of the ocean and stone seats where we rested to eat an apple.
Then downhill again, to discover other fellow pilgrims sitting outside a bar, we we had tuna tortilla, hamburger and egg sandwiches and coffees for second breakfast.
At Cobreces, we made the mistake of following the marked way steely down and then steeply up, so decided to take a detour past a monastery to a chocolate bun shop and then down to the beach to eat our buns to the sound of breaking waves. This made us decide to ignore the marked way and follow the cliff top to Comillas, where we climb.ed up the hill to the hostel and to our relief got two beds in a private room, later to be joined by a german lady.
We walked down to the square with the church and bought some frozen sea food paella, which together with some rice we found at the hostel and a bottle of wine made a good supper. We chatted for a while with a predominantly german speaking group and then retired early to bed.
Altamira National Museum and Research Centre - prehistoric caves
Museum 3km from hostel 9:30-18:00.
Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira Marcelino, Avda. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, S/N 39330 Santillana del Mar