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Campsite Review -
Camping Santillana

39330 Santillana Del Mar, Cantabria, España
T: 942 81 82 50 W: www.cantabria.com
Site visited: 2003
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When we first arrived at this campsite we were a bit disappointed. It was right beside a main road (although it wasn’t too busy) and it was literally on the edge of the village – not the usual countryside location we’re used to. We were also surprised it wasn’t by the sea! It is after all called ‘del Mar’. Anyway, we had arrived late, so after finding a pitch as far from the road as we could, we had a nice meal at the campsite restaurant and went to our sleeping bags feeling grumpy (don’t call me grumpy! - Mrs Archie).

The next morning, after the usual bread and jams bought from the well-stocked campsite shop we set of to discover the local village. Our feelings of the night before couldn’t have been turned around faster! The village of Santillana del Mar is a beautiful medieval heritage site with cobbled streets, churches, restaurants, artisan shops, bars - everything you could wish for – just a five minute walk from our tent.

Mrs Archie likes to cook but I think she only cooked once and I only did one barbie as the local restaurants all offered an amazingly cheap ‘menu del dia’ which included 2-3 courses plus wine for about £6 (in 2003). We tried all sorts of local dishes and the boys were well catered for too.

The campsite itself had a decent, although busy, swimming pool, but we spent most days down the local beach which was a ten minute drive away. The beach was typical of this area – a lovely sandy cove with cliffs either side and a beach bar.

For days out, it’s definitely worth a trip or two into the mountains. Get a map, put on your walking boots and go off the beaten track and you’ll discover some lovely mountain villages where you can stop for refreshments. Bring warm clothing if you go really high as it can get quite cold.

So there you have it. If you’re into sampling the local food and wine and like to enjoy a bit of culture (the boys’ favourite was the museum of torture – very nasty) then this is the campsite for you.

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