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Welcome to Santander

Welcome to Santander - The City of Magdalena’s Palace

The port city of Santander is the capital of the historical and cultural region of Cantabria located on the north coast of Spain at the east of Gijon and the west of Bilbao. The north region of Spain is less known than the other regions of Spain and less spoiled by them. Nevertheless, there are some jewels here: amazing landscapes, astounding beaches still preserved and friendly people. When you are travelling in Spain, Santander is one of the Spanish cities you cannot missed. It is a famous destination among Spanish people. In the 19th century the city was a famous tourist resort for Spanish aristocrats and for the upper class. From that time, Santander still keeps amazing palace, promenades. The most famous attraction is the Magdalena’s Palace which was used by the royal family as a summer gateway. It has a bay type architecture with white buildings, cafes and its famous Casino. The architecture and landscapes of the town are picturesque and the boulevard take you all around the city along the Atlantic’s Ocean taking you to the beautiful cathedral, going past the bank headquarters to the beaches and the magdalena island. It is a small town, but it has everything and all within walking distance.


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Spain is well known for its tapas and Santander has plenty of tapas bars at excellent prices. You can go to "Casa Lita" for the best Michelin tapas for only 2euros (2.4. There is a market just beside the town hall where there are fresh fruit and vegetables outside, and then you go inside to the indoor market where you will find rows of meat, fish, and breads for both good quality and cheap prices. Santander is located between the sea and the mountains and has a mixture of both in its gastronomy.

Night Life

There is plenty of great bars, clubs to go to. You can go Plaza de Canadio (a must go to before a night out) where there are bars (you get a lollipop for every drink you buy) to enjoy a cana (small beer) or sangria, or wine for about 2€. Nightclubs have free entry.


Stylish shopping districts are spread around Santander allowing tourists to find whatever is needed. Souvenir shoppers in Santander favoured the city's countless antiques stores and art galleries, while for the very best in Spanish ceramics, you will need to go to the neighbouring historic town of Santillana del Mar.


Santander has a lot to offer to visitors. The most famous attraction is the Royal Palace of la Magdalena. It was a residence for kings and queens who came to the city during their beach holidays. There is a beautiful garden there. There are also some gardens and promenades to see such has the Gardens and promenade of Pereda, Beaches of Sardinero and gardens of Piquio. If you go to Santander you can also visit the Cathedral which is located in the centre of the city. There are also many museums such as the Prehistoric and Archaeological Museum of Cantabria and the Maritime Museum of Cantabria.

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Santander’s climate is frequently referred to as mild or moderate. There are no extreme highs during the summer and no freezing lows during the winter. As a consequence you can visit the area at any time of the year. However, tourists should be aware that it is a relatively rainy location.The summer is the time when it is least likely to rain there.


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