The four-star Parador Gil Blas is set at the heart of historic Santillana del Mar – one of Spain's most magical historic places and a great base to discover western coastal Cantabria

This imposing house, a pleasing mix of modern and traditional construction in keeping with the medieval feel of the town is right in the pedestrianised old-town of Santillana del Mar and has its own, renowned restaurant, bar and a lovely courtyard to sit out in.

The building has been lovingly restored to keep its traditional features and sense of history, and combines modern comforts with cosy old world charm.


28 rooms including junior suites, superior doubles, standard doubles and individual rooms.

Hotel Features

On-site parking (extra charge) – pre-booking not required
Restaurant, bar and patio
Central location


The restaurant, El Jardin de Gil Blas, offers a buffet breakfast traditional Cantabrian cuisine.
The cocido montañes (bean and pork stew) is recommended, or enjoy grilled Tudanca beef sirloin with vegetable ratatouille and potato pie, turbot steak or an excellent Cantabrian cheese plate.

Hotel Facilities

24 Hour Reception
Tour Booking Service
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
No smoking in hotel
Luggage storage
Laundry Service
Air Conditioning

Room facilities (all rooms)

En-suite bathroom
Air conditioning
Fridge / Minibar
Shower over bathtub
Safe deposit box


Restaurant, open to the public
Bars / restaurants within walking distance of the hotel
Bar with terrace, open to the public, serving drinks and light snacks


Facilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Not suitable for guests with reduced mobility


On-site parking (extra charge)
Garage parking (extra charge)
Public parking nearby (pay locally)
Electric vehicle charging station


No pets allowed
Santillana del Mar, Cantabria

Santillana del Mar, North Spain

Santillana del Mar, about seven kms from the sea, is a beautiful village of grand old mansions, each with its coat-of-arms, and traditional farmhouses. It is justly popular with visitors as a cultural centre: there are two museums and often exhibitions of more than local interest while the wonderful Romanesque Collegiate Church holds concerts. It also has some very good pottery shops as well as stalls selling the local milk and cake (sobaos), and trinkets, and has a good choice of cafes and restaurants. In summer it is busy – but even then, the local farmers continue about their business, so that cows and carts mix with the camera-carrying tourists.