The Palace at Magdalena
This palace commands a prominent position on the peninsular.
The city gave the palace to Alphonse XIII as a person and not as royalty so he was able to sell it back to the city in the 1970s as it did not belong to the royal domain.
Built in 1909 it looks very Scottish.
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.
The Magdalena peninsula
The large bay that is home to the port of Santander is partly guarded by this peninsular, upon which are the Magdalena palace, zoo and riding grounds. Also there are some boats from pioneering sailors.
It can be accessed by a little road train bt to be honest it is a nice little walk round.
Picturesque towns near Santander
Santander is situated in a beautiful region, and surrounded by some interesting and picturesque towns, like Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Castro Urdiales, San Vicente de la Barquera or Laredo. You can take a bus or drive your car from Santander to visit some of these charming towns.
The picture shows La Colegiata a Romanesque monastery in Santillana del Mar.
Santander está situada en una hermosa región, y rodeada por algunos pueblos pintorescos e interesantes, como Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Castro Urdiales, San Vicente de la Barquera o Laredo. Sea en bus o en auto, se pueden visitar algunos de estos pueblitos encantadores.
La foto muestra La Colegiata, un monasterio románico en Santillana del Mar.
Barrio Pesquero or Fishing District: In 1.943, due to the old port (Puerto Chico) became too small, they built some houses for the fishermen. Now, it's a popular place with some Casas de Comidas (restaurants).
Where: Dársena de Maliaño, on the west of the city.
You can cross the bay from Santander to the towns of Pedreña and Somo, in a ferry. It is not a tourist trip; local people who live in these towns use it to go to their work in Santander.
Se puede cruzar la bahía desde Santander hasta los pueblos de Pedreña y Somo en un ferry. No es un paseo turístico; los lugareños que habitan en estos pueblos lo utilizan para ir a sus trabajos en Santander.
Monumento al Machichaco
The freighter Machichaco called at Santander carrying some 1.800 parcels of dynamite. On 3 November 1.893, it caught fire followed by an exposion causing more than 500 deaths and more than 2.000 injured.
This monument is dedicated to them.
Where: Paseo de Pereda, in front of the Ferries terminal.
CABARCENO ZOOThis original...
This original zoo has been recently made in an old iron open air mines. They have used the natural holes used not long ago to extract the iron to house the animals in a rather 'natural and free' environment. Elephants, leopards and lions in the north of Spain.
Just 1/2 hour away from Santander, heading south.
La Lonja is the place where the fish is sold when it arrives to the port. It is located at the entrance of Santander in the area of La Marga. Tourists never go there since is an industrial area but around La Lonja you can taste some of the best fish plates in town and at a good price !
Santander - Back to Plymouth.
Having worked for Brittany Ferries for over 20 years my wife and I were invited up to the bridge on the M.V Pont Aven by the captain to do some whale-spotting. During more than two hours we were watching the water and then suddenly there it was : a spout !!! It was a bit like seeing your first bear or first elephant : Exciting. Although you can't see a lot I've added a couple of photos. Apparently it is not rare to see different types of whale along this route.
Biblioteca y Casa-Museo de Menéndez Pelayo
Maybe you are wondering who Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo is, well, he was an excellent writer and histrian who was born in Santander.
For more: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcelino_Men%A9ndez_Pelayo
You can visit his house too.
- Address: Calle Rubio, 6
- Phone: (+34) 942 23 45 34
- Fax: (+34) 942 37 37 66
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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.
Beach of Mataleñas
On your way to the lighthouse and cliffs of Cape Major, you will go past the Mataleñas Beach, a small, secluded cove, guarded by the cliffs of Cape Major and Cape Minor.
Not many people come to this beach, even in summer, because it is relatively far away from the city centre and, particularly, beacause there is a good deal of steps to go down (and then up again) from the road.
Even if one is not fit enough to do the climb or is not interested in swimming or sunbathing, the cove is scenic enough to justify a detour.
took atrip to by train and bus to suances.takes about an hour to get there.bus drops you off at la palza.nice coastal resort with sandy bay.we found a irish bar had a few strong quality beers.
had gooood icecreams that had to be licked quick as it was a hot one.paddle in the sea to cool off .
Cordiba de la Sal
took a train ride to cordiba de la sal.its a small salt mining village but we could not find any salt mines.never the less we had a few beers to refresh ourselves.
went to tourist infomation who were very helpful told us how to get a bus to Llanes... problem was it was full. so all in all it wasnt a worthwhile trip apart from this beautiful dog which we saw looking down from a window of a house. took a photo
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