Comillas – Día del Indiano

August 30, 2014 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain, Travel 559 views

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Mojito and PostcardOn our final weekend before our children come home from summer vacation with their grandparents, my wife and I decided we should take full advantage of our kidlessness and do some traveling tourism around Cantabria. We discovered this excellent website that details upcoming events in the region, and we decided to drive an hour to the west to a town called Comillas to see their annual Día del Indiano festival. We visited Comillas eight long years ago to scout out potential wedding venues, but we have not been back.

I was unfamiliar with the Spanish word indiano. It’s a term referring to a single member of the mass of Spaniards that followed the gold rush to The New World and then returned home filthy rich, and, as the rich are wont to do, became the ruling class throughout northern Spain. With this background knowledge, the architecture in Comillas made total sense. The town was clearly built with old colonial money. Enormous houses, some quite dilapidated now, dot the landscape.

From what I could tell from the program guide and what I witnessed, the Día del Indiano is mostly an excuse to play and dance to salsa and merengue music. It was a shame that I can’t really dance yet because of my leg. But I did have a great day walking around a beautiful place taking photographs.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

The main town square in Comillas.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

Many of the old stone homes were covered in ivy.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

There is only one person that could’ve designed a house this tacky. It’s called el capricho de Gaudí, or Gaudí’s treat.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

A lovely palace overlooks a large section of town.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

This cannon was encrusted with rocks. I can only assume that it spent a century or two on the ocean floor.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

The palace was pretty well guarded by this 10 meter wall.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

Three photos in one: beautiful palace window, chandelier and reflection of church.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

One of the houses had a private miniature golf course in the backyard. Awesome!

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

I took a photo of this sign eight years ago, too.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

A pretty morning glory that caught my eye.

Mojito and Postcard

At seven o’clock the mojito stand opened. The drink wasn’t very good, but it was only two euros.

After looking at the schedule for the festivities, it was clear that the party wasn’t going to get going until 10:30pm, and we were an hour away from home, so we decided to call it a day and head back east.

On the way out of town, however, we were accosted by a gorgeous sea view, causing us to pull over and get out of the car.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

I had to get down in the grass for this one.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

Bird on a path.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

These teenage girls were having a little sunset photoshoot down by the water.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

High heeled still life.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

We stayed to watch the sunset. A beautiful end to a beautiful day in Comillas.

Comillas - Día del Indiano 2014

 
  • Ratón Cantabria

    Hey! If you really want to find out about the Indianos in Cantabria, the best places to visit are the Palacio de Sobrellano you saw the outside of in Comillas, their guided tour is great, and another totally underpromoted place, the Finca Museo Marques de Valdecilla in the village of Valdecilla, near Solares, part museum, part guided tour. Both are excellent and will also guide in English if requested, the Indianos history is really interesting once you get to the bottom of it all!

    • Thanks for the recommendation.

      • bbnanno

        I want the Indiano house in Novales, the one opposite the huge Indiano private church.