Hotels in Santander
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Santander 1,319 yd from city centre
This property is 11 minutes walk from the beach. Vincci Puertochico is situated just metres from Puertochico Marina, with...
Santander 222 yd from city centre
The Abba Santander hotel is located in the center of Santander, near the train station, the ferry terminal and bus stop.
Silken Río Santander
Santander 1.5 mi from city centre
The hotel is located near the city’s Gran Casino. Santander Cathedral and the ferry port are 3 km away. Regular buses to...
Gran Hotel Victoria
Santander 1.6 mi from city centre
This hotel is located directly in the centre of Sardinero, between the Gran Casino and the Magdalena Palace. The immediate...
Eurostars Hotel Real
Santander 1.3 mi from city centre
Location: in El Sardinero residential area, 1,5 Km. from the centre and 350 m. from the beach. 1 km from the Palacio de Festivales...
Santander 1.4 mi from city centre
This luxurious 4-star hotel is located right by the beach, and only 400 metres from Magdalena Palace. It is within walking...
Santander 707 yd from city centre
By car, atxi or bus. Take the A8 direction Centro, and follow signs to the RENFE railway station and the ferry. .
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Located in the autonomous community of Cantabria on the north coast of Spain, Santander is a city with a rich history and culture. Believed to have been a flourishing port since the ancient times, activity has been recorded in and around Santander as far back as the 11th century.
Although much of the medieval city was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1941, Santander recovered to become one of the most attractive and interesting travel destinations in the whole of Spain.
In recent times, Santander has become as culinary hotspot with excellent high quality restaurants, including one which holds the highly coveted three Michelin stars.
A large factor in helping the city to build this new established reputation is the wide array of cheap and affordable hotel accommodation available.
Neighbourhoods of Santander
Santander consists of a number of surrounding districts:
- Centro Botin: This is the striking modernist waterfront area of the city, only opened in 2017. The main feature of the area is a state of the art culture and arts centre that faces out over the sea in a really dramatic way.
- El Sardinero: El Sardinero is the most popular and most beautiful beach area in Santander. It is divided by the gardens of Piquio and stretches all the way out to the Magdalena Peninsula. The area is lined with tourist amenities and attractions including hotels, restaurants, cafes, and a popular casino. El Sardinero is generally considered to be one of the best and most elegant beach resorts in the whole of Spain.
- Bay of Santander: The Bay of Santander is both the largest estuary in the North of Spain and a county of Cantabria in itself. The entrance is lined with a series of amazing beaches, and visitors will be able to experience a number of lighthouses along the route. It is an area of natural beauty in a city and county that, thanks to the Great Fire of 1941, doesn’t necessarily boast as much architectural and strong cultural history as others in the region and country.
What to see and do in Santander
If you can stay out of the tapas bars and restaurants long enough to do some sightseeing you won’t be disappointed. Things to see include the opulent Palacio de la Magdalena, a former summer residence of Spanish royalty, the impressive cathedral, and the interesting Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria. Be sure to take a sojourn in the Jardines de Pereda which sit along the seafront and take a trip to the Faro de Cabo Mayor, the lighthouse which offers the best views of Santander.
What to eat in Santander
There’s a wide range of delicious local food – especially seafood. Some of the most iconic signature dishes include guiso pescadores, a fisherman’s stew,baked sardines, cocido montanes which is a rich bean and vegetable stew, rabas which is a local take on fried squid, and quesada pasiega which is a ricotta cheese dessert.
Typical events and festivals in Santander
There is always something to attend and enjoy in Santander, no matter what time of the year you are visiting. Three of the most popular and famous events in particular are the Festival Internacional de Santander, the Festival Internacional de Musica de Organo and the Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition. Many of these events are based around the Centro Botin which has become the main cultural hub of the city.
How to move around in Santander
The local bus network and taxi services are the two best options for getting around Santander in a simple and timely manner. Those who want to venture further than the city limits can take advantage of the RENFE train that provides connections to places like Madrid and Burgos.
The climate in Santander
Santander has been classified as having a warm and temperate climate. It is worth noting that the city experiences a significant amount of precipitation, even in its supposed driest months. The average temperature throughout the year is approximately 14 degrees, with the summer months being slightly hotter and therefore more ideal for tourism.