Santander is an elegant city which extends along a wide bay overlooking the Bay of Biscay by the Cantabrian Sea , in the Spanish province of Cantabria. Its historic center brings together a group of noble buildings that stand in the midst of a great natural and historical environment of old buildings, sea and mountains. A commercial fishing tradition joins a centennial tourist vocation, which is in the famous beach of El Sardinero.
On the Paseo Marítimo and the peninsula of La Magdalena are some of its main attractions. The cultural wealth of the Cantabrian capital is enriched with the passage of the Camino de Santiago to the northern region of Galicia, where thousand of pilgrims do a stop over in Santander and the nearby caves of Altamira, both declared World Heritage Site. Santander´s economy is based on private institutions and tourism.
Santander is a lively and cosmopolitan city too, with an extensive nightlife and many entertainment opportunities during the day and night
Playa de la Magdalena: More specifically by the Magdalena Peninsula, the beach is of thin white sand, has a wide promenade and from there we can visit the Palacio de la Magdalena-Magdalena Palace, seat of kings and nobles.
Fine Arts Museum of Santander: c/Rubio 5. Tfnos:942 203120 / 942 203121
Catedral de Santander: Its structure is mainly gothic, but has subsequently been enlarged and reformed. The church contains two overlapping plants and a cloister with adjacent rooms.
Palacio de la Magdalena. Magdalena Palace:
It is situated on the Magdalena peninsula, which was a strategic point of the ancient city of Santander, currently the peninsula is today a public park open during the day. In his Immedia It contains the Playa de la Magdalena (near the Peligros Beach ) and the Playa de los Bikinis
Hotel Real: Opened in summer 1917, in a privileged location overlooking the bay and the open sea. It is a beautiful five-storey building, with a south porch on a high terrace. The style is modern with an air of eclecticism, by the architect Gonzalez Riancho
Gran Casino del Sardinero: Opened in 1916, is a the main casino in Santander. Currently the Grand Casino Sardinero also sponsors and organizes cultural events and sports, photographic competitions, exhibitions of sculpture, painting etc.
Parks and Squares
Paseo de Pereda, Avenida de Reina Victoria, Paseo del General Dávila, Calle Castelar, Calle San Fernando, Calle Burgos, Parque de la Magdalena(Península de la Magdalena), Jardines de Piquío.
Port of Santander: The port of Santander, Cantabria (Spain) is located in the Cantabrian Sea, specifically in the Bay of Santander, in the municipalities of Santander, Camargo and Naval Cudeyo.
Ferry Santander - Plymouth(UK) service usually runs from March to November with two stops a week, plus Christmas mini cruises are often scheduled on Christmas Eve and New Year.
Santander - Poole: This service runs every Sunday.
Aeropuerto de Santander-Airport(SDR): Santander Airport is situated in the town of Camargo, 5 kilometers from the city. Well connected to the city of Santander by a bus service that leaves from Plaza de Santander Station every half hour, plus taxis.
Railway: The city of Santander has two railway stations located in the Plaza de las Estaciones, a few meters from the bus station and taxi stops.
One of them reach the two lines of Feve (from Bilbao / Liérganes and from Oviedo) and the other, ADIF, RENFE(Spanish Rail)lines from Madrid.
Santander Bus Station-Coaches: Coaches depart from this station to most important destinations in Spain and northern Spain.
Autobuses Interurbanos: The municipal urban transport of Santander(local buses) consists of 18 bus lines and 3 nighttime. They run through out the city linking the periphery to the center of Santander. Single ticket costs 1.10 €,
bus passes for 6 € for 10 rides and various transport cards for students, large families, elderly, etc.