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Comillas

Comillas is a municipality and a town in Cantabria located in the “Comarca de la Costa Occidental”. It limits to the north with the Cantabrian Sea, to the south with the town of Udías, to the east with Ruiloba and Alfoz de Lloredo and to the west with Valdáliga


Art and Culture

The Villa, declared a historical-artistic complex, constitutes a small population nucleus of between aristocratic and rural character, with excellent popular architecture from the 18th century and emblazoned manor houses.

Comillas gave five prelates who occupied dioceses in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this gave him the nickname of "Villa de los Arzobispos".

In the town, with more squares and squares than streets, a walk through its cobbled corners produces a feeling of tranquility, a kind of desire for a peaceful, slow and stress-free life.

The center of the urban area is “La Plaza”, with the Town Hall and the parish church of San Cristóbal, creating an evocative atmosphere with beautiful porticoed houses full of glazed viewpoints. From an angle you enter the Corro de Campíos, with secular chestnut trees and terraces of bars that are very popular in the summer season, beyond the “Tres Caños” square with its tower and emblazoned manor house gives a historical note, the public fountain work stands out of Doménech. With the “Calle de los Arzobispos” and the “Plaza de San Pedro”, an urban fabric is completed that, together with extensive parks and gardens that surround numerous palaces, is perfectly harmonized with a homogeneous, simple and unique character, which merges with the modernism of the end of the XIX century.

Monuments

The Palace of Sobrellano. Superb building designed by Doménech i Muntaner, with an excellent neo-Gothic façade with a Catalan influence. A large part of the furniture was designed by Cascante, the painter Llorens y Masdeu and the sculptor Joan Roig took part in the artistic part. The family chapel-pantheon, also a work of Martorell, forms a set of style, it has beautiful marble mausoleums, part of the furniture was designed by Gaudi.

The Pontifical University, dominates the town from the west. Founded as a Seminary by the Marquis, according to plans by Martorell. The ornamental details and the entrance to the enclosure were the work of Doménech. It contains beautiful wooden coffered ceilings.

Gaudí's "El Capricho". Exquisite sample of the great Catalan architect Don Antonio Gaudí, based on ceramics and forges, reflects his personal style.

The cemetery, topped by the magnificent sculptural work of The Exterminating Angel by Josep Llimona, dominating the ruins of the old Gothic monastery, represents one of the most beautiful details of the Comillas landscape.

Monument to the Marquis of Comillas. It was erected in 1890. Work by Doménech and Montaner, from the top of a gentle hill, looking out to sea, presides over the landscape.

Beaches

Comillas beach, with the distinctive Blue Flag, is located in the heart of the town, with fine sand, sheltered from the wild Cantabrian Sea. Nearby is the natural beach of Oyambre, next to the “La Rabia” estuary, which has more than 2 km. In the middle of a landscape of incredible beauty. The entire coastal strip of Comillas is ideal for scuba diving.

Nature

The vegetation and the use of its soils are mainly meadows for mowing and pasture, crops on good quality land in flat areas and reforestation.

Mount Corona is one of the great autochthonous forest masses of the region, in a landscaped environment of exuberant beauty.

The Oyambre Natural Park: dunes, beaches, sandy areas, cliffs and marshes, is part of the Cantabrian coast that is preserved in a virgin state. In the marshes and estuaries of La Rabia and Zapedo, they are ecosystems of great interest, fans of ornithology will enjoy observing the birds that use these places in their migration.

Coastal region that extends tight between four hills that protect it. 48 km away of Santander. Its area of ​​17.5 square kilometers is located between the “La Rabia” estuary to the west, the Gandaría stream to the east and to the south it crosses the forests of Monte Corona. The population entities that make up the municipality are: Comillas, the capital, La Rabia, Rioturbio, Rubárcena, Ruiseñada and Trasvía.

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