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.
Fondest memory: http://www.ayto-santander.es/concejalias/turismo/Turismo_callejero_Santander.htm
This page offers an introduction to the city both in Spanish and English, as well as lots of links about tourism and activities agenda (some of them mentioned in another tips).
Fondest memory: Page of the city hall department of tourism:
Favorite thing: We did not stay in Santander...but what we saw was very beautiful...on our return we had a walk along to the marina...but unfortunately it was siesta time & not many places were open.So we just enjoyed the sights & the sunshine.
To solve this problem, they have built a clone of the caves, called Neo-Cave, which can be visited from 9.30 to 17.30, except mondays. The entrance (400 ptas, kids free) includes a guided tour through the 'new' caves, and a visit to the museum.
As they are recently opened, it is very important to make reservations in advance. Otherwise you could make a loooong line for more than 2 hours and end up without ticket. Reservations can be made at any 'Banco de Santander', at phone 902 24 24 24 / 902 11 22 11, or at the web www.bancosantander.es , www.bsch.es, or at www.bancosantanderbsch.es
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.
A huge romanic church and monastery at the end of the main street, in Plaza de las Arenas. The cloister definetly deserves a visit. Entrance 400 ptas. No shorts or swimming suits allowed.
SANTILLANA DEL MAR
This tiny village (no more than 6 or 7 streets!!) is a real open air museum. Its name could be literally translated as 'Saint-Plain of the Sea', and so they call it the village of the 3 lies, as it is not saint, is in a valley and it is not by the sea. It was founded about 1.200 years ago. Its paved streets are surrounded by magnificient stone palaces.
Visit the beautiful Beaches where you can find excellnet conditions for swimming, diving, windsurfing and gambling in the casino nearby. Take a Walk through the Parks of Peninsula Matalena in the Paseo Pereda. Visit the Cathedral and the oceanic museum. More tips below.
Fondest memory: When I first came to Santander, I didn´t expect anything from this place, because I wanted to work in Andalucia. But after the first days I fell in love with this beautyful town and the nice people there.
Just stay open-minded, take a walk in the city centre,
get some tapas in the pubs and let it flow !
Favorite thing: Santillana del Mar, picturesque town but ful of tourists. The quality of the restaurants was also much less then the restaurants in smaller, less crowded-with-tourists, places. Very good place for taking beautiful pictures!
Cabárceno Natural Park:is located in the Cabarga mountain range on land once used for mining. It is five kilometres long and two kilometres wide, with a total surface area of seven hundred hectares and boasts seventeen kilometres of road. There are also two lakes which serve as a refuge for diverse species of water fowl. One zone of the park is actually a small zoo in which animals are kept in semi-enclosed areas for educational and recreational purposes. Here one can see brown beas, roe deer, chamois, Spanish ibex, elk, etc. There are also beautiful nature walks, wooded and garden areas, a reptile house, a museum of mineralogy and geology, restaurants, trout fishing, etc.
It´s amazing. Sometimes you think you are in Africa or Asia. Superb sigthseeing.
Dunes of Liencres Natural Park:It´s situated 10 Kms far from Santander. It consists of the biggest extension of movable dunes of the whole Cantabrico. Dunes are between a vast pinewood and the Pas estuary. It´s a priviliged place for birdwatching.
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.
Santillana del Mar, 30 kilometers far from Santander, is an alive museum, with a medieval village developed around the Santa Juliana's colegiata (even nowadays it´s maintained its essence), although most of its constructions correspond to the diverse architectural contributions of the XIV to the XVIII centuries
The historical-artistic group of Santillana
cannot be visited other ways but on foot.
Visit Picos de Europa, an amount of tall and craggy rocks, a rugged mountainous region in north Spain
with a great caving area! The area has a number of deep caves, including sima del Trave, the 5th
deepest in the world. In the highest parts of the mountains you may even get to find wild free chamoises!!!!1So real and beautiful!
Favorite thing: Visit Suanzes, an absolutely amazing village in Cantabria, full of gorgeous gorges and such a clean water. The village itself is not one of the most beautiful ones in Cantabria but its beaches are amazing!!!!