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Maria Luisa Pelayo, 38, Santander, Cantabria, 39005, Spain
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Renting bikes

by Lassse

I and my girl friend are going for a biking tour from Santander to Gijon and back through the mountains. 1. Where can we rent a bike in Santander?
2. We will arrive in Alsa bus terminal. Is that close to the railway station?
3. Any places to recommend on the coastal line between Sant. and Gijon?

RE: Renting bikes

by milugares


1. about renting a bike (alquiler de bicicletas), I found this address on the web:

P.º Gral. Dávila, 206
Tlf: 942 376 563

The next ones are other bike-shops (do not know if they have a rental service):
A B Bike 942 32 11 11
C/ General Dávila, 240
39006 Santander (Cantabria)

Ciclos Abad 942 21 61 69
Lope de Vega, 15
39003 Santander (Cantabria)

Ciclos Vargas 942 23 00 32
C/ Vargas, 27
39010 Santander (Cantabria)

Moto Pie Salón 942 21 27 41
C/ General Mola, 32
39004 Santander (Cantabria)

Trueba Sport 942 23 87 43
Av. General Camilo Alonso Vega, 26
39007 Santander (Cantabria)

If you are staying at rural houses, most of them offer a bike rental service as well.
For all listed telephones you have to dial +34 for Spain and then the number.

You'd better check by phone or email beforehand. I dont think bike rental is common.

2. Alsa bus terminal is coach (bus) station. It's oppsite the railway stations (FEVE and RENFE), on the same square (plaza de las estaciones).

3. uf! *lots* of great places in that line. Some of the most famous are: Santillana del Mar, Altamira caves, San Vicente de la Barquera... in Cantabria. And more in Asturias I guess (never been).
You can find info and links at this web:

Have a nice trip - and be very careful on the roads. Cars are not respectful towards bikers!

Travel Tips for Santander

The tragedies in Santander

by DanielF

Two terrible tragedies have occured in the recent history of Santander, which explain the loss of most of its Medieval heritage.

The first one happened in the late XIX century (1893), when a cargo ship called Machichaco got fire on the docks of the city. A multitude of curious gathered in the port to watch the event, which appeared as something really extraordinary in a routine-dominated provincial town. What the crowd did not know is that the cargo ship had a load of dynamite (safety regulations had been ignored). When the fire reached the explosives, a violent blast blew out most of the maritime façade of the city and claimed hundreds of lifes, including some of the city's dignataries.

Years later, in 1941, a fire started on Cadis Street. The fire was extended by a strong South wind and it eventually burnt down most of the old city for two days. This tragedy only claimed one life (a fireman), but thousands of people were left homeless. The city had to be totally rebuilt in a period of economic penury, as Spain was trying to stand up again from the wounds of the Civil War and facing the international embargo against the fascist dictatorship of General Franco. This reconstruction has marked the current appearance of the downtown area. The street pattern was carefully laid down and fine buildings were erected for the comfort of wealthy Santanderinos. The less affluent families who had lost their homes, however, were forced to move to atrociously designed new developments in the outskirts of the city, like La Albiricia or Cueto.

Both tragedies are remembered in two monuments located near the port (pictured here).

Mini Zoos

by Wildcat_Law_Guy

Santander contains two miniature zoos. One is on the Penensula de la Magdalena, the other in the Parque de Matalenas, near the golf course.

Nothing spectacular, but some nice animals, and a great view of the ocean from the Magdalena Zoo.

Cheap Chinese

by Wildcat_Law_Guy about Restaurante Chino

Very nice little Chinese place run by an elderly Filipino couple who speak a little English and Spanish. Prices are most reasonable, and it was great to be able to get some normal food instead of the pork laden Spanish dishes I had been subsisting on. The thick noodles (whatever they're called) were very good, as was the Kung Pao Chicken, Shrimp, etc. Never had a bad dish, and I ate there many times.

Visit the Madeleine Palace

by DanielF

This sumptuous palace in the best location of the city was offered by the citizens of Santander to King Alfonse XII, who made of it one of favorite summer residences of the royal family.

The palace is an early 20th century work of the architects Gonzalez Riancho and Bringas, who got inspiration from the then trendy English Tudor style and, in particular, from the Palace of the Dukes of Santo Mauro in nearby Las Fraguas, which had itself been conceived by an English architect. Thatr should in particular please Queen Victoria Eugenia, who had English roots.

When the Spanish monarchy fell in the 30s, the property of the building passed to the Municipality, who decided to use it to host the Santander Summer University, now called International University Menéndez Pelayo. Occasionally, it is also used to host weddings.

There are no regular tours for visitors and, unless you have an appointment, all you can do is admire the exterior and the fantastic views over the bay, the cliffs and surrounding islands.

Sunbath on La Concha Beach

by DanielF

From Camel Cove, the Waterfront Promenade proceeds on top of the cliff toward the Sardinero Beaches. The first portion of it is known locally as La Concha (The Shell) and is one of the favourite meeting points of the local youth in the sunny Summer days.


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