Santander Things to Do

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    Santander by bike

    by Drhodes56 Written Sep 11, 2014

    It is possible to walk most of the town quite easily, though an easier option is to take advantage of the city's hire bikes. There are a number of pick up and drop off points across the town. The pay stations offer instructions inEnglish and French as well as Spanish. Basically you insert a credit/debit card (the Post Office Money Card works too) and you choose your own PIN number. You can purchase a one day or seven day card. Once you have that card you can leave your bank card safely back at base. The one day card cost €1.87, which includes your first hours hire. Further hours cost €0.63.
    It is a really easy system to use, especially as instructions are given in English, and there are clearly marked cycle lanes/routes all across town.

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    • Cycling
    • Family Travel

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    Santander World ( Exhibition )

    by elpariente Updated Sep 6, 2014

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    It is an exhibition of five sculptures that were installed at the seashore during the Sailing World Championship
    They represent the five Continents and it is expected at the end of the World that one of the sculptures will remain in Santander
    To me the one I like the best is that of Oceania, but we will see what happens and which one they decide to leave*

    Es una exposición de cinco esculturas que se han instalado a la orilla del mar durante el Mundial de Vela
    Representan los cinco Continentes y está previsto que al final del Mundial se que de uno de ellos en Santander
    A mi el que me gusta es el de Oceanía, pero a ver que pasa y cual deciden dejar

    Europa America Africa Ocean��a Asia

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    Prom

    by alectrevor Updated May 11, 2014

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    Santander has a lovely prom but when I was there most closed for work on it. Muc h of Santander was rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1941 and it has gracious boulevards and gardens Return visit Prom open

    near Prom Prom in May

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    Cathedral

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 2, 2014

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    Built between 12 th and 14 th century on top of a former Abbey. is mainly Gothic in structure. In Spanish the cathedral is Catedral de nvestra senora de la asuncion de Santander. After the fire of 1941 the cathedral had to be largely rebuilt. The cathedral shelters the tomb of Marcelino Menendez y Pelayo the Spanish philosopher .

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    El Soplao

    by elpariente Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    Dedica un día para para visitar la cueva del Soplao .Son impresionantes las formaciones que tiene , en especial las excentricas ,que son estalactitas que vencen la ley de la gravedad .Arovecha para conocer el valle del Nansa y comer unas buenas alubias.
    Se han abierto nuevas galerías que permiten hacer espeleología con aventura,pero tienes que estar dispuesto a ponerte el buzo, a arrastrarte por algunos sitios y a llenarte de barro
    La visita normal se hace en una hora y la otra dura tres horas

    Dedicate one day to visit the Soplao cave.The formations are impressive spetially the excentrics,that are stalactits that change the gravity law.It is the time to visit the Nansa valley and to eat a good beans stew
    They have opened new galleries that allow caving adventure, if you are ready to wear the overall, to crawl in some areas and to fill with mud
    Normal visit takes one hour and the other takes three hours

    Exc��ntrica
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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Buildings of Santander

    by Redang Updated May 7, 2013

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    There are many interesting buildings thoughout Santander, and I offer you some of them.

    Pics:
    - 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.

    Banco de Espa��a (Santander, Spain) Correos (Santander, Spain) Delegaci��n de Hacienda (Santander, Spain) Banco de Santander (Santander, Spain) Ayuntamiento (Santander, Spain)

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    Mercado del Este

    by Redang Updated May 7, 2013

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    Built between 1.830 and 1.842 but restored at the beginning of the 20h century. It was desigined as a covered promenade and now it's a shopping centre where you also can enjoy good tapas.

    There is a Tourist Centre inside the "Mercado".

    Mercado del Este (Santander, Spain) Mercado del Este (Santander, Spain)

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    Los Jardines / The Gardens

    by elpariente Written Jul 4, 2012

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    En Santander cuando se habla de los jardines se entiende que se está hablando de los Jardines de Pereda que están en el centro , es un parque tranquilo , con un estanque de patos , juegos para los niños y destaca el monumento a José María Pereda , un escritor Santanderino, que escribía novelas costumbristas . En su estatua se pueden ver escenas típicas y tradicionales de Cantabria como el médico rural , los pescadores ,en el colegio , la yerba...
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    In Santander when when you speak about the "Jardines"(gardens) it means that you are talking about the Pereda Gardens that are in the centre of town , is a quiet park with a duck pond, games for children and the monument to José María Pereda, a writer from Santander who wrote novels of the local living and uses. In his statue , it can be seen typical and traditional scenes of Cantabria as the country doctor, fishermen, in the school, hay collection ...

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    Bicicletas - Bicycle

    by elpariente Updated Jun 29, 2012

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    Tengo que poner este comentario al día pues ahora ya no son gratis las bicicletas .
    Si vas a pasar bastante tiempo en Santander puedes sacar un abono por 10 Euros , que sirve para todo el año , uno semanal por 5 Euros que permiten el uso de las bicicletas sin coste la primera hora y después hay que pagar 0,5 Euros por hora . El abono diario sirve para 24 horas pagas utilizando una tarjeta de crédito
    Las puedes coger en los Jardines de Pereda (junto al muelle del ferry) , en la Magdalena , en el Sardinero, en la universidad...y luego las dejas indistintamente en cualquiera de estos sitios
    Si quieres información puedes entrar en : http://www.tusbic.es

    I must update this comment because now the bicycles are not free.
    If you spend enough time in Santander can take a card for 10 Euros, which serves for the whole year or a weeklycard for 5 Euros which allow the use of bicycles free of charge the first hour and then you have to pay 0.5 Euros for the next hours. The day pass is valid for 24 hours and you pay using a credit card
    You can take them in the Pereda Gardens (next to the ferry dock), the Magdalena, in the Sardinero, in the university ... and then leave them in either of these sites
    If you want information you can visit: http://www.tusbic.es%c (sorry is in "perfect Spanish")*

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    Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno

    by Kushelkitten Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the days of the Romans, this was an iron mine. Instead of writing the area off as a loss they Spanish governement turned this area into a specatacular zoo. The mined rocks yield very naturally looking enclosures for the various animals. The views from the zoo to the coast and Santander are breathtaking, as is the magnificent colors of the orange/brown rocks which were once ripe with Iron deposits.

    This park is quite large and its a driving zoo. There are various parking lots to park, get out and see the exhibits. The way is well marked with arrows and numbers to the enclosures.

    Ancient Iron now a zoo
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    • Zoo
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

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    Plaza de Velarde

    by Redang Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    Also known as Plaza Porticada, it used to house summer festivals and concerts since 1.952 until the Palacio de Festivales was built.

    On one side of the square, facing Avenida de Calvo Sotelo, the monument dedicated to Pedro Velarde (fourth and fifth pics), Spanish hero who died in 1.808 during the the Spanish Independence War.

    Plaza de Velarde (Santander, Spain) Plaza de Velarde (Santander, Spain) Plaza de Velarde (Santander, Spain) Monument to Pedro Velarde (Santander, Spain) Monument to Pedro Velarde (Santander, Spain)

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    Catedral/Cathedral

    by Redang Written Nov 21, 2009

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    The official name is Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, and it became a Cathedral in the 18th century; before that time, it was a collegiate church in the 13th, an abbey in the 8th century.

    Don't miss the crypt and the cloister.

    Note: It's not allowed to take pics inside the Cathedral.

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    Jardines de Pereda

    by Redang Written Nov 20, 2009

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    This beautiful park is between Paseo de Pereda and the ferry terminal.

    Pics:
    - Main: Monument dedicated to José María de Pereda, famous Spanish novelist (1.833-1.906) who was born close to Santander.
    - Second: Third: Tourist Office (see the "General Info" tip in the General Tips sectrion).

    Monument to Jos�� Mar��a de Pereda (Santander, Spain Jardines de Pereda (Santander, Spain) Tourism Office (Santander, Spain) Jardines de Pereda (Santander, Spain)

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    El Faro - The Light House

    by elpariente Written Aug 16, 2009

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    Con los GPS y todos los inventos actuales , los faros se han quedado como símbolos a la orilla del mar , en sitios increibles y nos recuerdan como han podido soportar todos los embates del mar , pero no han podido con los de la tecnología
    Desde el faro de Santander hay unas grandes vistas de la costa y de la bahía de SANTANDER y además lo han adaptado a museo de un pintor Santanderino , Eduardo Sanz , que su pasión de toda lavida han sido los faros y tiene allí su colección de cuadros dedicada al mar y a los faros , y otra exposición que se llama "el faro icono cultural" , dond tiene todo tipo de cosas en las que aparece el símbolo del faro , latas , pisacorbatas , restaurantes...

    With GPS and all the current inventions, the light houses have become symbols of the sea shore , in amazing sites and we remember how they have supported all the sea attacks but have failed with those of the technology
    From the Santander lighthouse there are great views of the coast and the bay of Santander and they have adapted to a museum of a Santander painter, Eduardo Sanz, whose passion throughout his life has been the sea and the lighthouses and and you may see there his collection of paintings dedicated to the sea and lighthouses,also there is another show that is called the "lighthouse cultural icon", where there are all kind of things with the symbol of the lighthouse as food cans, tieholders , restaurants ...

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    El carmen En tierra / On land

    by elpariente Written Aug 16, 2009

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    El mismo día 16 de Junio por la tarde , se celebra una procesión por el centro de Santander donde salen los marineros con sus familias en procesión acompañando a la Virgen
    Es emocionante cuando la Virgen llega a la orilla del mar y todos los barcos que están en el puerto hacen sonar sus sirenas
    Al terminar la procesión los marineros invitan a todo el mundo a tomar vino con unas sardinas a la plancha

    On the same day June the 16th in the evening , there is a procession through the centre of Santander, where the sailors with their families in a procession accompany the Virgin
    It's exciting when the Virgin reaches the sea shore and all ships that are in the port sound their sirens
    At the end of the procession , the sailors invite everybody , to take wine with some grilled sardines

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