Santander Local Customs

  • Rape - Angler fish
    Rape - Angler fish
    by elpariente
  • Percebes - Barnacles
    Percebes - Barnacles
    by elpariente
  • caracolillo - Sea snail
    caracolillo - Sea snail
    by elpariente

Best Rated Local Customs in Santander

  • nhcram's Profile Photo

    Slippery Little Devils

    by nhcram Updated Oct 21, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Esperanza Fish Market

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo

    USEFUL INFO ABOUT...

    by SirRichard Written Sep 12, 2002

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Was this review helpful?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo

    Bolos - Some kind of "bowling"

    by elpariente Written Aug 16, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    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

    Was this review helpful?

  • Redang's Profile Photo

    Beaches

    by Redang Updated Nov 21, 2009

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Los Peligros Beach (Santander, Spain)

    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
    - Mataleñas
    - Los Biquinis
    - Molinucos
    - La Concha

    Was this review helpful?

  • chemolari's Profile Photo

    romerias

    by chemolari Written Jun 14, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • chemolari's Profile Photo

    San Juan

    by chemolari Written Jun 14, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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 ...

    Was this review helpful?

  • DanielF's Profile Photo

    Vermouth time

    by DanielF Updated Jun 23, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Wrong place

    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.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo

    Comer o no comer - To eat or not to eat

    by elpariente Updated Aug 23, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rape - Angler fish
    4 more images

    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

    Was this review helpful?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo

    La Plaza de toros - The Bull ring

    by elpariente Updated Jul 31, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    "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 ....

    Was this review helpful?

  • DanielF's Profile Photo

    Stroll Time

    by DanielF Updated Feb 9, 2007
    2 more images

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo

    El Camello The Camel

    by elpariente Written Sep 28, 2005

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Santander

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

115 travelers online now

Comments

Santander Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Santander local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Santander sightseeing.

View all Santander hotels