Day 15 Santander to Santillana Del Mar 26 miles (236 miles total)

Another really nice day mid-70’s and mostly sunny. 
It took a long time to get out of Santander. I was walking against the flow of people walking to work and I felt a bit like a pinball sometimes. 
These clouds scared me a bit at first. Looked like snow out on the mountain tops. 

I have no clue what the name of this river is but it was a major pain in my butt today. See those houses across the river?  I would walk on the other side of them 2 hours (and 6 miles) later. Frustrating!

When you walk by yourself for 8 straight hours with no music, podcast, etc., you have lots of conversations with yourself and sometimes animals. I really tried to encourage these sheep to take a short break from eating and enjoy the view. They did not respond which I guess is fortunate.

Got just little teaser views of ocean this afternoon. 

Every once in a while the towns and the setting are so scenic it almost looks fake. 

26 miles is a loong way. I don’t care what the terrain is like. After 20 miles my legs are pretty dead, my mind is pretty shot, and I’m pretty much staggering down the Camino. A bit scary when you’re walking down a road. 

After 8 hours of walking, I finally made it to Santillana del Mar. It’s billed as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Many movies are filmed here and it is filled with tourists. 

It seems to be a very old city but I had a difficult time finding a place to stay and the cobblestone streets hurt my feet so I wasn’t a huge fan. Could also have something to do with the fact that I was dead tired when I got there. 

Wind warning apparently in effect for tomorrow AM. Fortunately I plan on only 14 miles to Comillas which is a beach town known for caves, waves, and Gaudi. Sounds cool. 
Happy trails and buen Camino!

5 thoughts on “Day 15 Santander to Santillana Del Mar 26 miles (236 miles total)

  1. Looks like Santillana del Mar dates back to the 8th century. That is pretty old.

    Carol and I have been looking at Southern Spain as a place to spend the months of June, July and August, which are chilly at our latitude here in the Southern Hemisphere. However, I’m starting to think Northern Spain might be kind of cool, based upon some of your descriptions.

    We’re really enjoying your blog, Pete. Keep it coming; great stuff. Enjoy your time there. I brag a lot to my buddies here in Cuenca about my 15,000 steps per day. But you’re blowing me right out of the water. Very inspiring, thanks!

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    1. Von and Carol: Thanks much for your support. The scenery along the northern coast is exceptional. The weather is a bit cool so far but I’ve heard the southern coast can be very hot in summer. Keep steppin’!


  2. Wonderful photos well presented and light dialogue. I loved Santillana del Mar and when I did it I looked up the meaning of the name. It’s called the place of three lies. It’s not a saint, (Santi), not flat (llano) and not near the sea (mar). You’ve also got an exceptional WP Theme what’s it called please. Thanks and been camino.

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    1. George: Thanks so much for your comment. The 3 lies is very interesting…and humorous! I am sorry but I haven’t a clue what the WP theme is. My daughter, Brooke, is the webmaster. Brooke, if you see this, please let George know. Thanks again, George!


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