A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Playa Blanca vs. Santillana for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Playa Blanca or Santillana?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Playa Blanca and Santillana can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Playa Blanca or Santillana?

Playa Blanca

Located on the southern tip of the Canary Island of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is a resort area popular with families and couples seeking a quieter vacation alternative to the lively neighbor resort of Puerto del Carmen. The resort's white sandy beaches are peaceful and sheltered from the higher winds found on other parts of the island. Timanfaya National Park is also nearby, as well as a number of other spectacular volcanic features.

Santillana

A quaint town outside of Santander in northern Spain, Santillana de Mar is renowned for its medieval architecture. One of Spain's prettiest villages, Santillana del Mar and its cobbled streets are lined with palaces, churches, and balconies full of flowers. There are plenty of traditional shops selling local specialties, and it is nearby the UNESCO world heritage site of the Altamira Caves for something a little different.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 3-Week Tours in Spain, The Best Bicycle Tours in Spain, The Best Adventure Tours to Spain, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Spain.


Which place is cheaper, Santillana or Playa Blanca?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Playa Blanca is €155, while the average daily cost in Santillana is €105. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Playa Blanca and Santillana in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Playa Blanca 81
    Santillana 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Playa Blanca 162
    Santillana 120
Compare Hotels in Playa Blanca and Santillana

Looking for a hotel in Playa Blanca or Santillana? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Playa Blanca


Hotels in Santillana


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Playa Blanca Hotel Prices and Santillana Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Playa Blanca 49
    Santillana 17

Is it cheaper to fly into Playa Blanca or Santillana?

Prices for flights to both Santillana and Playa Blanca change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Playa Blanca 45
    Santillana 30

Typical Food Prices in Santillana

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santillana:


  • Breakfast
    7.00

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Playa Blanca 20
    Santillana 23

Tours and Activities in Playa Blanca

For Playa Blanca, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Kayak Experience in Playa Blanca: $60

Tours and Activities in Santillana

Here are a few actual costs in Santillana for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Guided Tour of the Velarde Palace: $11
  • Memorable Family Walking Tour in Ancient Santillana del Mar: $435

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Playa Blanca 9.29
    Santillana 4.29

Sample the Local Flavors in Santillana

Also in Santillana, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Santillana Uncorked: A Wine Tasting Adventure: $1,040


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Playa Blanca and Santillana, we can see that Playa Blanca is more expensive. And not only is Santillana much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santillana would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santillana and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Playa Blanca would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Playa Blanca than you might in Santillana.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Playa Blanca Expensive? and Is Santillana Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Playa Blanca or Santillana?

Playa Blanca has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Santillana. When comparing the sizes of Playa Blanca and Santillana, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Playa Blanca or Santillana?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Playa Blanca or Santillana in the Summer?

Both Santillana and Playa Blanca during the summer are popular places to visit.

Playa Blanca is a little warmer than Santillana in the summer. The daily temperature in Playa Blanca averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Santillana fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

In Santillana, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Playa Blanca. In the summer, Playa Blanca often gets more sunshine than Santillana. Playa Blanca gets 282 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Santillana receives 213 hours of full sun.

Playa Blanca usually gets less rain in July than Santillana. Playa Blanca gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Playa Blanca 23°C (73°F) 
    Santillana 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Playa Blanca or Santillana in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Playa Blanca and Santillana.

In the autumn, Playa Blanca is a little warmer than Santillana. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Playa Blanca in October average around 22°C (72°F), and Santillana averages at about 16°C (60°F).

In Playa Blanca, it's very sunny this time of the year. Playa Blanca usually receives more sunshine than Santillana during autumn. Playa Blanca gets 224 hours of sunny skies, while Santillana receives 133 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Santillana receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Playa Blanca usually receives less rain than Santillana. Playa Blanca gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Playa Blanca 22°C (72°F) 
    Santillana 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Playa Blanca or Santillana in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Playa Blanca as well as Santillana.

In January, Playa Blanca is generally much warmer than Santillana. Daily temperatures in Playa Blanca average around 17°C (63°F), and Santillana fluctuates around 9°C (49°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Playa Blanca this time of the year. In the winter, Playa Blanca often gets more sunshine than Santillana. Playa Blanca gets 204 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Santillana receives 91 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Santillana. Playa Blanca usually gets less rain in January than Santillana. Playa Blanca gets 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Playa Blanca 17°C (63°F) 
    Santillana 9°C (49°F)

Should I visit Playa Blanca or Santillana in the Spring?

Both Santillana and Playa Blanca are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

Playa Blanca is much warmer than Santillana in the spring. The daily temperature in Playa Blanca averages around 19°C (66°F) in April, and Santillana fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca usually receives more sunshine than Santillana during spring. Playa Blanca gets 250 hours of sunny skies, while Santillana receives 148 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Santillana. In April, Playa Blanca usually receives less rain than Santillana. Playa Blanca gets 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Playa Blanca 19°C (66°F) 
    Santillana 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Santillana and Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca Santillana
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 17°C (63°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 9°C (49°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Feb 17°C (63°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Mar 18°C (64°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 10°C (51°F) 119 mm (4.7 in)
Apr 19°C (66°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 0 mm (0 in) 17°C (62°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 0 mm (0 in) 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 19°C (67°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 22°C (72°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 181 mm (7.1 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)