Located in northern Spain, Santander is a coastal city packed with festivals, art, culture, history and leisure activities. As the capital of the province Cantabria, Santander is very accessible from other parts of Spain as well as major cities in Europe. The city itself is also quite accessible, as the distance from one end to another is around 6 km (4 miles), and the attractions in the city centre are all within a short walking distance. The most popular tourist attraction is the Palacio de la Magdalena, where the Spanish royalty used to holiday in the early 1900s. There are a number of fascinating museums, including the Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum), Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes (Municipal Museum of Arts) and Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueología de Cantabria (Prehistoric and Archaeological Museum of Cantabria).
Enjoy a walk along the Paseo de Pereda y Calle Castelar, a long street in the city centre with nice harbour views and buildings from the 18th-20th century. Visit the popular Catedral de Santa Maria de la Asunción, which offers free guided tours in July and August. There is no shortage of beaches if you are looking to relax in the sunshine, including the popular Playa del Sardinero, Playa de la Magdalena, Playa de los Bikinis and Playa los Peligros.
When To Go
Santander’s climate is humid, sometimes reaching more than 90 per cent humidity. Average daily temperatures vary from the 20s Celsius (70s Fahrenheit) during the summer months, and 10-20°C (50-68°F) in the winter. Most travellers find that Santander is a great holiday spot to visit all year round, and that no matter the season; there is always something to do.
- March through May (spring): Daily high 18°C (65°F)
- June through August (summer): Daily high 23°C (73°F)
- September through November (fall): Daily high 19°C (67°F)
- December through February (winter): Daily high 14°C (57°F)
The International Airport of Santander has mostly domestic and charter flights, although international flights from London, Dublin, Rome and others are offered. The airport is located in Camargo, which is close to Santander.
The ALSA offers daily bus services to Santander from various cities such as Galicia, Asturias, Zaragoza and Barcelona. Weekly service is also offered from France, the United Kingdom (UK), Switzerland and Belgium.
Santander can be reached from Plymouth, England, by ferry. The voyage will take about 24 hours each way. The Brittany Ferries operate two rides per week from the UK to Santander from mid-March to October.
The International Airport of Santander offers international flights from London, Dublin, Rome and others
The ALSA offers daily bus services to Santander from various cities; weekly service is also offered from France, the UK, Switzerland and Belgium
By ferry, Santander can be reached from Plymouth, England
The capital of Cantabria is yet another gem in Spain. Home to just under 200,000 people, Santander is a beautiful peninsula city with perhaps the most exquisite beach resorts in the country. A popular summer paradise, Sardinero beach has golden sand, idyllic weather and many leisure and entertainment options. The coastal area of the city has been a retreat for the royal family of Spain, who built the magnificent Palacio Real de la Magdalena at the turn of the last century.
The Bay of Santander has been a vital port since the dawn of the Roman Empire and was a maritime base for the Kingdom of Castile. Trade with the New World went through Santander's harbor as well and as a result of all this, the city has considerable historic significance today. Though the medieval heart of the city was razed by fire in 1941, Santander still has many terrific landmarks intact, from the Palacio de Pronillo to the Seminario de Monte Corbán.
Attractions & Activities
- Santander Cathedral
- Palacio de Pronillo
- Plaza de Toros
- Seminario del Monte Corbán
- Palacio Real de la Magdalena
- Racing Santander Football
- Santander Summer Festival
- International Festival of Santander
- Semana Grande
- Feria Taurina
Restaurants & Nightlife
- El Serbal
- La Bombi
- El Dragón
- La Embajada
- Terminal Sur
Santander enjoys a four seasons climate, with mild, rainy winters and hot summers.
- Winter (December to February) 6-14°C
- Spring (March to May) 9-23°C
- Summer (June to September) 15-27°C
- Fall (October to November) 9-18°C
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