Discovered in 1879 by chance by Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, this caves are a masterpiece of paleolitic art (14.000 years ago!). To see the original ones you have to fill a form and wait for more than 3 years!!, as they only admit very small groups with guide.
Beach of Mataleñas
On your way to the lighthouse and cliffs of Cape Major, you will go past the Mataleñas Beach, a small, secluded cove, guarded by the cliffs of Cape Major and Cape Minor.
Not many people come to this beach, even in summer, because it is relatively far away from the city centre and, particularly, beacause there is a good deal of steps to go down (and then up again) from the road.
Even if one is not fit enough to do the climb or is not interested in swimming or sunbathing, the cove is scenic enough to justify a detour.
Santander - San Sebastián
For me the train is not the best way to move in the North of Spain , at least is not the quickest
1 -At any case you must go to to the bus/train station from the airport ( see Santander travel tip ( http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/9fb96/3e1cb/9/ ) )
2. To go to San Sebastian you may take the bus , it takes 3 hours and it cost 12.48Euros ( Normal bus)
To see details you may enter in the Alsa (Transport company ) that has an English version and you may see there all the details ( http://www.alsa.es/?portal.alsa.request.locale=en_GB )
You may go direct to SS , but if you want to go to Bilbao to visit it or to go to the Guggenheim Museum , you should take the bus in the same station
Buen Viaje !!!!!!
Spend an Afternoon in the Madeleine Peninsula
As a tourist, everything plays second fiddle to the Madeleine Peninsula in Santander. Linked to the rest of the city by a narrow isthmus, the peninsula is surrounded by lovely sandy beaches and has large park areas and several attractions. On the highest point, the Palace of the Madeleine used to be the Royal Summer residence in the early 20th century.
The 25 hectare park that covers the Madeleine peninsula is a lovely place to walk, play sports, relax or enjoy the sea and Bay views. For its stunning location, totally surrounded by sea and sandy beaches, and for the amazing vistas, this has to be one of the most interesting urban parks in Spain.
Cross the isthmus of the Madeleine
After enjoying the bay views from the Queen Victoria Eugene Avenue and from the Madeleine Park it is possible to proceed across the isthmus of the Madeleine to another scenic area of the city, locally known as el Sardinero. The well manicured promenade and gardens that line the coast offer a splendid panorama of large sandy beaches that reach till Cape Minor.