Slippery Little Devils
This market was a fantastic sight. The Spaniards really love their fresh fish, so fresh that most of the lobsters and prawns were still alive!!
There seemed to be every kind of fish imagineable.
The noise in there was incredible too.
Great for people watching and getting a feel of the locals going about their daily routine.
USEFUL INFO ABOUT...
USEFUL INFO ABOUT CANTABRIA
There is a general info phone for tourism (9-21 h every day): 902 111 112
Tourism official page: www.turismo.cantabria.org
For accomodations: Asociacion de Turismo Rural de Cantabria, Asociacion Empresarial de Hosteleria de Cantabria
Bolos - Some kind of "bowling"
El juego de los bolos es típico en Santander y en Parte de la zona de Cantabria , se juega principalmente en el verano .
Cada jugador tira tres bolas en una dirección y vuelve a tirar en la dirección opuesta y ganará el que más bolos tire
Se juega con 9 bolos que están separados una distancia considerable y un bolo pequeño adicional que se coloca separado de los otros y sirve para definir el tipo de juego y para dar la oportunidad de hacer jugadas especiales que dan más tanteo de bolos
The game of bowling ( Bolos) is typical in Santander and in parts of the region of Cantabria and it is played mostly in the summer.
Each player throws three balls in one direction and then plays also in the opposite direction and and the winer will be who hits more bowls
It is played with 9 bowling pins that are separated a considerable distance and a small additional bowling pin which is placed separately from the others and serves to define the type of game and to give a chance to do special moves that give more scoring bowling
They are very popular among the inhabitants and the visitors during the Summer:
- Los Peligros (pic)
- El Sardinero
- La Magselena
- El Camello
- Virgen del Mar
- Los Biquinis
- La Concha
Romerias are an old tradition in Spain where every town has its own. Its basically a local party or fair with music
and some atractions. In principle Romerias have a religious connection where the town celebrates its patron or saint. Every town has its how saint.
I hate the kind of music they play but there is a big chance you will have fun if you like salsa and that kind of music. In summer there are a lot of them.
Although now is considered a religious celebration, the celebration of San Juan has its roots in the pagan tradition which probably started when Spain was populated by celtic people. The original idea was to celebrate the beginning of summer but with time it degenerated to a religious celebration of Saint John.
It's celebrated the night of June 23rd and the tradition is to make a big fire at every town. In Santander the fire is done in the beacjhch of El Sardinero at night. After a couple of beers, people start jumping the fire and of course accidents happen ...
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.
- Historical Travel
La Plaza de toros - The Bull ring
"Before and after" You may see the bull ring when is prepared for its activities and later on you may see it full of people , life and colour
The bull ring is mainly used in Santander at the end of July when is the bull fight season , but also is used for other activities as horses shows , concerts ...
"Antes y después "Puedes ver la plaza de toros cuando se está preparando para sus actividades y después cuando está llena de gente, vida y color
La plaza de toros se usa en Santander a finales de julio cuando es la temporada de toros , pero también se usa para espectáculos de caballos, conciertos ....
Comer o no comer - To eat or not to eat
If you go to the fish market in Santander , you may see many fish and shellfish that may not be familiar for you and may raise doubts about eat or not eat, I should eat with full confidence and I can tell you that they are excelent
Si vas a la plaza del pescado en Santander puedes ver muchos peces y marisco que te puede plantear la duda de comerlos o no comerlos , yo los comería y además te puedo adelantar que son muy ricos
As soon as there is a hint of nice weather, the city's promenades are filled with walkers and joggers of all ages and conditions. One of the best facts about Santander is that there are no high buildings on the waterfront, which is lined mostly with gardens and parks. This makes a perfect place for walking or jogging.
El Camello The Camel
Esta roca con forma de camello es todo un símbolo para los Santanderinos
This rock with Camel shape is a symbol for the people from Santander
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