A hilly city
Many streets of Santander are steep due to its hilly location. This may be inconvenient for walking, but on the other hand, you can see the sea from almost every point of the city.
Numerous bus lines communicate the different districts of the city. In their central stretch, most of them run along the main axis of the city, from the Alamedas to the Post Office.
A car is useless in Santander, as taxis are reasonably priced and distances usually manageable. However, a car is essential to explore the region, as public transportation is not very convenient.
The motorway that crosses Cantabria linking Asturias and the Basque country is toll free and the one heading towards Palencia and Madrid is still partly under construction. As usual, it is most recommended that you drive off the motorway and take the little mountain roads. They are usually in good condition, although sometimes the terrain is very rough. The scenic landscape will provide plenty of breathtaking views and photo opportunities.
When in Santander, you should at least take once a ride on one of the Pedreñeras, the small commuter boats that connect the city with Somo, Pedreña and El Puntal. A sunny day on one of the much quieter beaches across the bay may be very rewarding and the views are spectacular. The sea can be somewhat fierce in this area, though.
The boats are painted in red and you can catch them from the docks near the Palacete del Embarcadero, right in the centre of the city.
For many years, the only ferry link between Great Britain and Spain connected the cities of Plymouth and Santander. Now there is another connexion between Bournemouth and Bilbao. The ferries do the route twice weekly but they do not ride in Winter. The link between Santander and its port is so strong, that you sometimes have the feeling that ships "sail" on its streets.
Santander Airport is located in Parayas, at about a 15 minute ride from city center. On clear days, the view of the city as you take off or land is breathtaking (if you are in right seat). The airport is well connected with other Spanish destinations (mostly assured by the small jets Air Nostrum, Iberia's regional partner), but also other companies fly to Madrid and Barcelona.
The airport of Santander is also considered by the no-frills company Ryan-air as their airport serving Bilbao, which is 100 kilometres away.
Arriving to Bilbao, which has much better international connections is also an option to be considered. A taxi ride from Bilbao Airport to Santander is about € 100.
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Cheapest way into town from the airport.
The cheapest way to get into town from the airport is by bus. The fare is only 1 Euro 50 cents.
The stop is right outside the terminal and buses run every half hour - on the hour and at half past. Buses from town back to the airport run at quarter past and quarter to even on a Sunday. The journey only takes 5 - 10 minutes.
The Estacion Autobuses is on Calderon de la Barca which is next to the RENFE railway station which is within walking distance of all hotels in the old town. You can change buses here to get to the Casino area at El Sardinero.
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Yes I know it's strange... Inter City Luton Dave (world's greatest bus driver) taking a train! But this is the best way to travel from santander to torrelavega!! Only 1.60 Euros (if you can find your ticket, which I seem to always lose in my pocket) Bargain!!! takes about 30 minutes
Un paseo en una "pedreñera" te abre varias buenas alternativas para pasar el día :
- Ir a la playa del Puntal que es una de las mejores y más tranquila cerca de Santander
- Dar un paseo en la lancha por la bahía , llegando hasta el faro
- Simplemente ir a conocer Somo y Pedreña ,dar un paseo y comerte unas buenas sardinas y bonito
One trip in a "pedreñera" opens several good alternatives to spend the day :
- To go to the Puntal beach that is one of the best and more quite beach near Santander
- To make a trip on the bay reaching the light house
- Simply to go to visit Somo and Pedreña , make a stroll and eat good sardines and tuna fish
Mar y aire Sea and air
Ahora ya han mejorado las comunicaciones y tenemos un ferry que conecta con Inglaterra
y además Ryan Air tiene coexiones con Roma,Londres y Frankfurt
Now the conexions have improvedand we have a ferry conecting with England and in adition Ryan Air has conections with Rome,London and Frankfurt
Boat to Somo and Puntal beaches
Somo and Puntal are the beaches across the bay.
The best way to get there is by boat. Boats leave from "El Palacete" (a white little building by the bay). The round trip cost about 3 euros and you can go directly to the beach.
El puntal is a popular beach fro nudists .
Somo is a great place for kitesurf as the wind is usually stronger there.
Buses run fairly often in Santander in some lines but be
prepared for a 15-20 minute wait in other lines.
To go to the beach from downtown take the number 1
which ruins very often. The fare is 1 euro but you can buy multi-trip passes and save.
Touring The Bay
Take a trip in a modern catamaran motor boat.
In the spring-summer-autumn season the company organises excursions around the bay and out to the Sardinero cove visiting the most attractive spots along the coast line.
Some of the places visited are Somo, LaIsla de Mouro and la Magdalena.
The company that organises these trips are Los Reginas , S.A
You can get tickets (and the boat) from the Paseo Maritimo
Quicker but more expensive
A taxi from the airport to the city is approx 9 Euros and to El Sardinero it was 14 Euros.
It is a quicker option and there were many outside the airport.
Make sure they switch on the meter though!!
Los Reginas boats
Cross the bay in the "lanchas".
Los Reginas red boats are not just a tourist atraction, but a usual transport to go to the beaches of El Puntal, Pedreña and Somo.
The also offer a more touristic round trip outside the bay, passing by the Magdalena peninsula, isle of Mouro and along El Sardinero towards the lighthouse, on board of a glass walls catamaran.
Paseo Marítimo s/n
Cantabria - ESPAÑA
Teléfono: 942 216 753
Fax: 942 21 66 19
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Coach and bus station
Regional, national and international coach lines depart from the underground floor of the coach station. Ticket and information offices are in the street level.
Some short-distance regional lines from the Alsa group (Alsa, Astibus, Cabus...) - blue buses- depart from outside the coach station.
The coach station is located in the "stations square" (Plaza de las estaciones), opposite FEVE and RENFE train stations.
Taxis at the entrances of these 3.
ESTACION DE AUTOBUSES.
Plaza de las Estaciones s/n.
Telf. : +34 942 21 19 95.
Fax: +34 942 36 09 12
Nearest city bus stations: in the same square (line 4), or "Ayuntamiento" for any other line.
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Santander has neither trams nor underground, but the bus connections around city centre and tourist places are excellent.
You can catch almost every bus line to move along the seeside between the city hall up to el sardinero (beach area).
Bus line to University of Cantabria and university residences is line 7 (in winter reinforced with lines 3 and / or 4 - partially).
Some other lines have also appeared in the last few years to cover city extensions. Don't know them myself, but detailed maps and info about every line can be found on the link beneath:
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