Santander street map
The following link points to the city street map.
At the bottom of the page, you can search for:
* callejero = street index drop-list
* lugares de interes = points of interest (neighbourhoods, parks and beaches, banks and public places, transport...)
* codigos postales = postcodes
* edificios de interes = interesting buildings (drawings of all these buildings with links to detailed info)
All these links are only in Spanish, but the graphic information is good. http://www.ayto-santander.es/concejalias/turismo/Turismo_callejero_Santander.htm
Beware of the rainy weather, alway take an umbrella or water resistant clothing within your luggage when you visit northern spain. The atlantic climate can cause immediate weather changes and the winter is rainy. For the Picos, don´t forget your trekking boots!
This original zoo has been recently made in an old iron open air mines. They have used the natural holes used not long ago to extract the iron to house the animals in a rather 'natural and free' environment. Elephants, leopards and lions in the north of Spain.
Just 1/2 hour away from Santander, heading south.
Stroll down Victoria Eugene Avenue
The Victoria Eugene Avenue connects the Madeleine Peninsula with the centre of the city, more specifically with the Promontory of Saint Martin. It bears the name of Queen Victoria Eugene of Battenberg, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, married to the King Alfonse XIII, the Royal couple that used to spend their Summers in Santander.
The Avenue is built upon the beach and lined with some of the most costly residences in Santander, including the sumptuous Casa Pardo (main picture), the main example of the Monterrey style in Santander (architecture inspired by the Monterrey Palace in Salamanca).
The views on the bay, the mountains and the beaches are stunning all the way to the palace. The whole walkway is conditionned with gardens and vantage points. It takes a good half an hour to walk from the Peninsula to the Festival Palace, but staying fit was never so classy and scenic.
Liencres. Just a few...
Liencres. Just a few kilometers from Santander you feel like in another world: the Sanddunes of Liencres.
Easy to reach by bus.
Dunes, Rocks, wind and green grass - you´ll feel like
in Ireland although you´re in Spain - marvellous !!