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| Santander A beautiful city in Northern SpainSantander is without a doubt one of the most elegant and beautiful cities on the northern coast of Spain and must be included on any visit to Spain. Fabulous views of the sea and the mountains are ever present in this historic city where visitors will relax in the magnificent streets with their 19th-century buildings, its charming outdoor terraces, it's many parks and its spectacular bay, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.|
Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Its marine and commercial tradition is linked to a century old history of tourism, which has its main attractions in the famous El Sardinero beach, the promenade and the La Magdalena peninsula. The cultural wealth of the Cantabrian capital is enriched with the passage of the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela and the neighbouring Altamira Caves, both of which have been declared World Heritage.Santander is a city in which the mixture of its various vocations, seafaring, commercial and tourism traditions, remains patent. The city's origin is related to the Portus Victoriae founded by the Romans. However, the capital's urban development was not to come about until the XI c. when the town began to grow around the San Emeterio abbey. From its Latin name, Sancti Emeterii, comes the current name of Santander.
During the XVIII and XIX centuries, the city became a key trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and the American colonies. From around the middle of the XIX century, Santander became one of the most exclusive summer tourist destinations on the northern coast of the Iberian peninsula.
The Paseo de Pereda, with its typical houses with miradors, and its gardens constitutes a lively boulevard which separates the coastal strip from the historic quarter of Santander. The nearby Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the capital, its earliest construction dating from the XIII c. Inside you can see the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a work by the sculptor Victorio Macho. Under the main chapel is the crypt of El Cristo, a sombre vaulted chamber in which various traces of the Roman era were discovered.
Opposite the cathedral is the Plaza Porticada, in Neoherreran style surrounded by several public buildings. You find yourself at a major crossroads of lively commercial streets such as Arrabal or el Cubo.
One of these streets leads to the plaza del Generalísimo, site of the Town Hall, next to the popular market of la Esperanza, in the modernist style. Your visit has to continue through the Fine Arts Museum and the Menéndez Pelayo Stately Home, a building which has been declared an Historic-Artistic Site.
The Port and El Sardinero
Returning to the Pereda gardens, you can see the Santander Bank and the small palace of El Embarcadero, a building with excellent views over the bay. Here you will find the fishing port and the Puerto Chico, as well as several maritime installations: the exchange, the harbour, the Naval Command, etc.
In this place you can see one of the most typical Santander scenes. Added to the image of mansions and bourgeois buildings overlooking the bay is that of other buildings of a cultural nature. Among them is the Festival Palace, built by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza and the current site of the prestigious Santander International Festival. The Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology, which includes various prehistoric finds, among which are its Paleolithic collection, one of the most valuable in Europe. Finally, the Cantabrian Maritime Museum, one of the most complete museums in Spain dedicated to the sea, discovers various aspects related to the Cantabrian Sea: marine biology, maritime history, fishing ethnography, etc.
From this point Santander display the beautiful beaches of los Peligros, la Magdalena and Biquinis, with calm waters protected from the wind by the bay.
In the part of Santander where there is most tourism is El Sardinero. Opposite this famous beach you can enjoy one of the most beautiful promenades in Spain, with magnificent buildings such as the Gran Casino, which evokes the architecture of the Belle Époque. The Plaza de Italia, with its elegant, lively summer terraces, and the Piquío Gardens, which are situated on a rocky inlet marking the separation between the two beaches of El Sardinero, complete the picture.
Between the historic quarter and El Sardinero is the peninsula on which the la Magdalena Park and the royal palace are sited, the latter being inaugurated in 1913 as the summer residence of King Alfonso XIII. The residence, which is English in style, has excellent stables and is surrounded by extensive gardens and wooded areas. This privileged area for relaxation becomes during the summer months the nerve centre for the famous summer courses of the International Menéndez Pelayo University, a forum which brings together both students and the most outstanding figures in the most varied fields of knowledge.
Gastronomy and the Outskirts
Situated halfway between the sea and the mountains, Santander has a particular mixture of ingredients in its gastronomy. From the sea come the characteristic rabas (fried squid), bocartes rebozados (breaded whitebait), and fresh shellfish. The interior provides excellent beef and a dish which is emblematic of the entire region, cocido montañés (a stew made of beans, meat and cabbage). Desserts includes quesada (cheesecake) and sobaos pasiegos (sponge cakes made with butter, flour and eggs).
Nature lovers will find in Cantabria an impressive wealth of protected areas. Among the best conserved areas figure the Natural Parks of Oyambre, Peña Cabarga and Saja-Besaya, although the largest is the Picos de Europa National Park, which shares its territory with Asturias and Castilla y León.
In the foothills of this mountain range is the Parador de Fuente Dé. Among the many accommodation options there is also the Parador Gil Blas, in Santillana del Mar, declared a National Monument.
Near the capital, you can enjoy the Cabárceno Nature Park, an area of great natural beauty where various species of animals live almost in the wild.
The traditional northern route of the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela runs along the Cantabrian coast, crossing picturesque towns such as Castro Urdiales, Santoña, Suances, Comillas, San Vicente de la Barquera or Santillana del Mar. A few kilometres from this town are the Altamira Caves, which have been declared World Heritage. Considered the “Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic Art”, they contain some of the most important cave paintings of Quaternary art. A modern building houses the Museum, where the new cave can be seen, a true replica of the pictures which appear in the original cave. BeachesVirgen del Mar (Santander)La Concha (Santander)Sardinero (Santander)Los Peligros (Santander)El Camello (Santander)Mataleñas (Santander)Molinucos (Santander)Magdalena (Santander)Los Biquinis (Santander) Pubs
Agua de Valencia - A refreshing suggestion
Perines, 24, Santander, 39007, Tel +34 942 371387
Canela - Great place for drinks
Plaza de Cañadío, s/n, Santander, 39003
Capitán Haddock - Nice bar for well-to-do
Valliciergo, 2, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 342714
Celtic's Tavern (The) - Authentic British atmosphere
Gándara, 3, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 210056
Chupitería - More than 200 special liqueurs
Paseo de Menéndez Pelayo, 3, Santander, 39005
Embajada (La) - Latin music
Pasaje Zorrila, s/n, Santander, 39003
Historia (La) - Latin American atmosphere
Santa Lucía, 6, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 227956
Luna (La) - Popular with the 30s and 40s crowd
General Mola, 35, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 312774
Molly Dolan - Ireland in Santander
San Emeterio, 7 bajo, Santander, 39004, Tel +34 942 219455
Raíces - Mixed drinks and music
Santa Lucía, 8, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 313390
Río (El) - Unbelievable weekends
San Celedonio, 47, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 223693
Rocambole (El) - Good music and atmosphere
Hernán Cortés, 37, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 364961
Terminal Sur - There at the start of the scene
Santa Lucía, 30, Santander, 39003
Tertulia (La) - Very evocative, retro atmosphere
Santa Lucía, 17 bajo, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 311054
Trovador - Carpe Diem (El) - Very modern medieval pub
Santa Lucía, 51, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 627 555956
Zeppelin - Pub for 20s age group
Paseo de Menéndez Pelayo, 2, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 217703
Barraquito - A very welcoming place
Gravina, 13, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 376804
Canela - Great place for drinks
Plaza de Cañadío, s/n, Santander, 39003
Dragón (El) - Fun and guaranteed partying
Tetuán, s/n bajo, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 221063
Gran Café Santa Fe - Very popular bar
Valliciergo, 2, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 311200
Rocambole (El) - Good music and atmosphere
Hernán Cortés, 37, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 364961
Victoria - Something for everyone
Floranes, 10, Santander, 39010, Tel +34 942 233296
Santander International Festival29th July to 29th August Useful information
Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria
Calle Gamazo, s/n 39004 Santander (Cantabria)
Tel. +34 942361606 /Fax +34 942364061 Festivals in SpainPopular Holidays in Spain
Music and Dance in Spain. Classical Music Concerts & Events in SpainThe Santander International Festival fills Cantabria with concerts, shows and art. Throughout August, various historic venues in this northern Spanish region, along with the Cantabria Festival Centre, host the cultural agenda for this major event, which has been held since 1948. Dance, theatre, music, ballet, opera and recitals in their most traditional, but also their most avant-garde and innovative versions, make up the programme. 30 days in which churches, gardens, palaces and even caves are the stages for some of the most significant artists from different spheres of the performing arts from around the world.
Outstanding in this year's edition are performances of the operas, The Sleepwalker and Tosca, along with concerts by tenor Andreas Scholl, Liza Minnelli and the Boston Ballet, amongst othershttp://www.festivalsantander.com/ Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueología de Cantabria - Prehistoric and Archaeological Museum of CantabriaContact Address:
Calle Casimiro Sainz, 4 39003 Santander (Cantabria)
Tel. +34 942207105 / Fax +34 942207106 http://www.cultura-cantabria.org/Flavióbriga.
Most of the 1,200 objects on display in this museum date from the period between the Upper Palaeolithic and the Iron AgeThere are also items from the Roman era, mostly from Julióbriga and Castro Urdiales, the ancient Flavióbriga. Of note in the medieval collection is the ivory belt buckle from the Santa María de Hito archaeological siteTimetables: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-1pm and 4-7pm. Sundays and public holidays, 11am-2pm.
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Good Friday, 1 May and 25 December Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico - Cantabrian Maritime MuseumContact Address:
San Martín de Bajamar, s/n 39004 Santander (Cantabria)
Tel. +34 942274962 / Fax +34 942281068 A historical journey through this Spanish Sea.
This venue offers a profound look at different areas of the underwater and maritime world.The Cantabrian Maritime Museum is in Santander Bay. It is an attractive, modern building, and was born as a tribute to this northern Spanish region and its sea. Over 3,000 square metres, it aims to show the relationship between man and the maritime world throughout history.
This museum is divided into four main sections: Life at sea, dedicated to marine biology; Fishermen and fisheries, centring on fishing ethnography; The Cantabrian region and the sea in history; The technological avant-garde.Timetables: Winter: (15 September to 30 April) Daily 10am-7pm. Summer: (2 May to 15 September) Daily 10am-9.00pm. Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Good Friday, 1 May and 25 December
Normal admission: €6. Reduced: (children 4-12 years, over 65s, Youth Card holders) €4. Free: (children under 4 years). Large families:- Adult: €5 - Child: €3 School groups: (min. 20, max. 30)- With guide: €3 - With workshops: €4 Educational programmes: By prior appointment. Tourist Groups: Without guide: €5 - With guide: €5
Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción - Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church-CathedralContact Address:
Plaza del Obispo José E. Eguino, s/n 39002 Santander (Cantabria)
Tel. +34 942226024 Tel. +34 942203000 www.santillanamuseodiocesano.comA church of growing importance
It has been a cathedral since the 18th century, but in the 8th century it was an abbey and in the 13th a collegiate church.Its plan is with three naves and four sections. The sanctuary has three polygonal chapels. As for the dome, it has ogives on columns of cruciform pillars. Its cloister is square, with a series of pointed arches. It is not decorated. Inside, you can find the tomb of Menéndez Pelayo, the work of Victorio MachoTimetables: Cathedral: Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm and 4-7.30pm. Saturdays, 10am-1pm and 4.30-8pm. Sundays and public holidays, 8am-2pm and 5-8pm. Santísimo Cristo Church: 1 July to 31 August, 8am-1pm and 4-8pm. 1 September to 30 June, 8am-1pm and 5-8pm.
Entry fee: Free admission.
Services: Free guided tours in months of July and August, every 30 minutes, from 10am Nature AreasParque Natural de las Dunas de LiencresDunes by the Cantabrian Sea
One of the great dune ranges of the Cantabrian coastline that houses rich flora and fauna.
The Reserve is one of the leading enclaves of dunes along the Cantabrian coastline, given its great landscape, geological, botanical and fauna interest. It stands on the left bank of the mouth of the river Pas, in a peninsula area limited by the Mogro estuary and several adjacent beaches. There exist numerous bird populations, such as the ringed plover, dunlin, grey plover, whimbrel, etc which choose this Reserve as a resting place during their migration. The dunes formed owing to the repopulation of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) carried out in the mid 20th century. You can also encounter a significant offering of lizards, snakes, vipers and amphibians, such as the midwife toad, and the three varieties of newt existing in the region.
Type of area: Nature Reserve
Surface: 194 Hectares
Unrestricted access to the Nature Park. The best route is via the N-611 road, from Santander to Torrelavega. In Arce, there is a local road that borders the right side of the Pas River right up to the dunes themselves.
It is located at the mouth of the river Pas (Mogro Estuary). It is one of the most interesting enclaves along the Cantabrian coastline.
Along the Cantabrian coastline, in its towns, you will encounter a varied wealth of art and culture heritage
Parque Natural de Peña CabargaA surprising landscape
In the Reserve, sharp points, escarpments, vertical faces and the labyrinth of 'callejones'. abound The extraction of iron in the clay of this karst landscape has been traced back to Roman times.This, combined with the erosive action of the water and wind, has produced a landscape of unique beauty.Not only the curious formations, but also the contrast of colours (the red of the clay and green of the vegetation) surprise the visitor Type of area: Nature Reserve
Surface: 2588 Hectares
The visit is unrestricted. In it we find the Cabárceno Nature ParkPeña Cabarga massif lies to the south of Santander bay Its orography is surprising owing to the large number of sharp points and crests that have formed due to erosionIn the surround towns, on the Cantabrian coastline, visitors can find a considerable wealth of art and monuments Golf in Santander, SpainClub de Golf MataleñasContact Address:
Avenida del Faro, s/n 39012 Santander (Cantabria)
Tel. +34 942390247 / Fax +34 942390366 Mataleñas Golf Club
This course is located in Santander, alongside El Sardinero. It has good communications and access, and its facilities are in excellent condition. Its greens are well protected, meaning that accuracy is vital. The course is suitable for advanced players and beginners alike, and there are classes available for all levels
Number of holes: 9
Par for the course: 34
Type of golf course: CoastalOpening date: 1986
Timetable and dates: All year round
Nearby means of transport: Airport: Parayas (Santander). Distance to the course: 10 km. Train: Santander. Distance to the course: 2 km.
Services: Driving Range | Classes | Clubs | Hand Trolley | Restaurant | Bar Cafeteria | Pitching Green | Putting Green | Bunker | Water on the course | Changing Rooms | Showers | Parking
MEMBERS: Member golf club that accepts green fees Wine Bars
¡Eh Marcelino! - Good tapas and wine
Pizarro, 6, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 364645
Bodega Cigaleña - The museum of wine
Daoiz y Velarde, 19, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 213062
Bodega La Montaña - Friendly and homely atmosphere
San Fernando, 28, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 231039
Cañadío - Good value for money
Goméz Oreña, 15, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 314149
Cañía (La) - Fish tapas and more
Joaquín Costa, 45, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 270491
Capitol - Seafood tapas and good wine
Francisco de Quevedo, 7, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 229191
Casa Mariano - The taste of experience
Vargas, 23, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 230024
Castellano (El) - Platters of tasty cold meats
Burgos, 32, Santander, 39010, Tel +34 942 231020, Fax +34 942 371035
Cecilia (La) - Lots of variety
Avenida Pedro San Martín, 1, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 348011
Dorado (El) - The Far West, nearer
Hernán Cortés, 18, Santander, 39003, Tel +34 942 221568
Flor de Miranda (La) - Savour quality shellfish
Avenida de los Infantes, 1, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 271056
Fradejas - Tapas food
Plaza de Cañadío, 1, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 314841
Gelín - Traditionally rustic
Nueva Montaña, s/n, Santander, 39011, Tel +34 942 332733
Hijas de Florencio (Las) - Tapas and good atmosphere
Paseo de Pereda, 23, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 310475
Jamones (Los) - Finger-licking good
Perines, 8, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 371638
Lancha (La) - Regional cuisine & nice wines
Santa Lucía, 46, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 361254
Mejillonera (La) - Mussels to suit all tastes
Plaza de la Leña, 4, Santander, 39001, Tel +34 942 214526
Mesón Salamanca - Real Castilian atmosphere
Santa Lucía, 45, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 213044
Peña Prieta - Fresh fish caught off coast
Vargas, 35, Santander, 39005, Tel +34 942 230170
Recocina de Amós (La) - Tapas and take-away
Alonso Ercilla, 4, Santander, 39001, Tel +34 942 213276
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Tourist Office: Jardines de Pereda, s/n - 39002 Santander (Cantabria)
Tel. +34 942203000 Tourist Information (Oficina de Turismo municipal), Jardines de Pereda, s/n., 942203000, 942203001 email@example.com, fax: 942203005 www.ayto-santander.es, Find out what's on in Spain in our monthly guide.