Where is Comillas?
Comillas is located on the Bay of Biscay, on the northern coast of Cantabria, to the west of Santander. Surrounded by sea, forest and mountains, it is one of the most beautiful and little-known towns of the north coast of Spain. It's also the birthplace of the late golfer Seve Ballesteros.
Why buy there?
This would suit people seeking authentic Spain and something a little different from the Costas. Comillas was declared an historical and artistic Heritage site in 1985, and maintains a magnificient selection of the Catalan modernist movement buildings, unique outside Cataluña. Martorell, Doménech, Llimona and the great Antonio Gaudi, left their marks in buildings like the Palace of Sobrellano and its Chapel-Vault, El Capricho by Gaudí, Universidad Pontificiam.
Besides its wonderful architecture, the town has a beautiful golden sand beach, the port, lots of elegant squares and buildings. It's got a few British, French and German owners but not as many as plenty of other locations in Spain.
Getting to Comillas
This destination is closer than any other Spanish location from England. It is two hours to Santander airport from London, if you choose to fly. But if you prefer the sea there are ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander port.
Comillas is 48 km from Santander and its airport, a good connection with the highway allow to get the town in less than half and hour. It also has Bilbao to the east and Oviedo to the west.
What to do
Cantabria has the good fortune of having many landscapes conserved almost intact. And most of them are really close to Comillas. You can enjoy so beautiful and impressive natural areas as National Park of Picos de Europa, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the country.
Saja-Besaya Natural Park, an area dominated by forest and the rivers Besaya and Saja, where the grizzly bears or the golden eagles live, one of the most largest and important natural park of Spain.
There is also the Natural Park of Cabárceno, and the Prehistoric Caves of Altamira, the "sistine chapel" of the prehistoric art and the main centre of investigation and publication of Palaeolithic art in Europe.
That's not forgetting the Soplao Cave, a well-known European potholing location. Or the National Park of Oyambre with its endless beaches, and the Ría de la Rabia's estuary.
Besides endless walks beaches, forest, and routes, there are lot of sport to practise in this zone: surf, golf, mountain bike, trekking and also the area's famed gastronomy. The gastronomic offer of Comillas is based largely around fish and seafood, providing a rich and varied offering for food lovers.
Enjoy your time with your family walking along the beach of Oyambre in the sunset or take a rest in the hermitage of San Esteban surrounded by the ancient oaks of the Monte Corona.
Taste the flavour of the sea in the food while watching the fishing boats enter the harbour. Discover the region's folklore through our fiestas, with music, food and many entertainments.
In Comillas each day is different, and comes with the promise of something new.
Buying Property in Comillas
There are many options if you want to buy in Comillas. Apartments from €80,000, stone houses from €124,000, plots to build the house of your dreams from €60,000, typical country houses from less than €200,000.
Originally published in the A Place in the Sun magazine - Issue 122