Santander - Cantabria
Santander, capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria, is a cozy and quiet coastal city, with a wide bay facing south whose beauty has made it considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Main port of Castilian exports during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, retains stately streets, witnesses of the splendor of the time.
Where it is?
Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is only 20 minutes away from Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares. Discover the arrival route here.
A modern city due in large part to the fire that took place in 1941 and that destroyed its old quarter that had to be rebuilt almost entirely the city is characterized by being built on different hills and valleys, which makes it have steep streets, slopes and steep descents, wide avenues, coastal walks and for having gained ground to the sea in a wide zone of the center.
- El Sardinero and its beaches
When we talk about the Sardinero, we do it from the coastal area between the Magdalena peninsula and the Mataleñas area. Although it is a main tourist enclave of Santander and known for its extensive beaches, El Sardinero is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, considered a sub-center and especially valued for its environmental quality and leisure area.
As for its area of beaches, it has two beaches with the same name. Both are on the same shoreline and when the tide comes together. The story tells that in former times the two beaches were divided by their use according to social class, since one was used by the Santander high class and the other by the lower middle class.
- La Península de la Magdalena
Adjacent to the Sardinero and its beaches, we find the Peninsula de la Magdalena, a recreational and leisure area that has great tourist attractions inside, highlighting the zoo with marine fauna, the imposing building of the Palacio de la Magdalena, the museum outdoors 'The Man and the Sea' and endless green spaces (gardens and parks) where you can enjoy various activities.
Nowadays, Santander is a dynamic city, with an intense commercial movement and services, and throughout the year it enjoys a lot of cultural activity. The Palace of Festivals has an annual program of great category (cycles of theater, dance, opera, music ...) that culminates in summer with the International Festival of Santander. Highlights the renovated and expanded Maritime Museum of the Bay of Biscay, in addition to the spectacular Mataleñas Golf Course.
- Santander to walk
The city offers splendid conditions for the walk, either by the sea shore from Cabo Mayor to El Sardinero, from there to La Magdalena, and from there to the center by the Avenida de Reina Victoria - contemplating its beautiful beaches of fine sand; be in the historic center, from Puertochico to beyond Burgos Street, alternating the contemplation of noble buildings with the best shop windows.
- Natural environment and sport
Santander is rich in green areas- parks of La Marga and Morales, the gardens of Pereda, La Magdalena or Mataleñas- Cabo Mayor. The city has managed to develop respecting its privileged natural environment, which is also recreational and sports space: sailing, rowing, surfing and scuba diving; golf, hiking, mountain biking or even climbing, are sports that are practiced assiduously without leaving the city.
You can not leave without visiting...
The city includes a series of obligatory visits such as La Catedral, Palacio de la Magdalena, Plaza Porticada, Banco de Santander, Gran Casino del Sardinero or the Palace of Festivals, Exhibitions or Sports. Without forgetting several museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Maritime Museum of the Cantabrian or the Museum of Prehistory, among others.
- El Sardinero and its beaches