In Santander we can enjoy...
In Santander we can enjoy one of the most beautiful bays of Spain, or the wonderful peninsula of the Magdalena, where we can find the old palace of king Alfonso XIII, nowadays it is the host of the activities of the International University Menéndez Pelayo.
It is common knowledge that meals in Spain are taken later than in the rest of the world. Many people, while they wait for their late lunch, especially on weekends, kill their hunger with an appéritif in their favourite bar. The most popular order to accompany the drinks in Santander are the rabas, or deep-fried strips of squid in a light crisp-golden batter (in some places they serve squid rings, but strips do taste better!!).
They are available all over the place, but some of the best places are located near the Maritime Station. And, on Sundays, many will go out of town to the Beach of the Virgin of the Sea (patroness of the city) just to have their portion of rabas.
For the lucky people who have no time constraints because of their jobs, it is only after a long chat over the vermouth that it is time to go for a home-cooked lunch or for a pantagruelic meal in a local restaurant.
The little zoo on the peninsular
The little zoo is really quite cute, there is not much there but it is easy to get too and the animals are quite cute. This guy was a bit of a character.
There were also penguins and I think there is supposed to be a bear.
The seal pool was very full due to the large amount of water that was crashing over the sea wall.
In july-august you can enjoy bullfights at the "Plaza de Toros" de Santander. Sometimes the bullfights are sold out so try to buy the tickets a day or two in advance. You can either buy them at the plaza or in front of the town hall (ayuntamiento)
Buildings of Santander
There are many interesting buildings thoughout Santander, and I offer you some of them.
-Main: Banco de España (Bank of Spain); it's a branch, the main one is in Madrid; year: 1.928.
Where: Calle Alfonso XIII, in front of Jardines de Pereda.
- Second: Correos (Post Office); year: 1.915.
Where: Next to Banco de España.
- Third: Delegación de Hacienda.
Where: Paseo de Perda, in front of Jardines de Pereda.
- Fourth: Banco de Santander; year: mid 20th century.
Where: Paseo de Pereda.
- Fifth: Ayuntamiento (City Hall).
Where: Plaza del Ayuntamiento; year: early 20th century.