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Santander Things to Do

  • Merchants Bank Building

    When choosing the most beautiful building in Santander, I think many of the ballots would take it. It is that once commanded Merchants Bank building, is in the center and currently occupied by Banesto, The building that occupies the financial current entity, was taken charge by the Mercantile Bank in a moment of economic peacefulness of the Spanish...

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  • PASEO DE PEREDA

    As we walk back from the center to the bay side, we took the Paseo Pereda. This streets are nice strolling around from the center. This way, it take you out to the beach side. You see the arch of Banco Santander behind, were on the passagewayIn addition to its tourist appeal, Santander has a charm of romantic, decadent and nineteenth-century city...

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  • Pereda Gardens

    While wandering around I didn't expect to see this garden with little bridge and a pond in a middle of the city. A little cozy garden. The Gardens of Pereda are from nineteenth centuryThe gardens have primarily a children's play area, in the central part we find a monument dedicated to the Cantabrian writer Jose Maria de Pereda. A giant carrousel,...

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Santander Restaurants

  • Great food in a friendly atmosphere

    Found this place while waiting for the ferry as it is near to Santander port. Well I guessed that they might speak English as it had a Union Jack flag outside so I went for a look. Well the bar staff were very welcoming and the owner was British and this was the first bar I had come across that communicated in English (as you can probably guess I...

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  • Expensive tapas overlooking Playa de la...

    We ate at Balneario de la Concha during our visit to Santander on New Year's Eve in December 2012.We had spent a few enjoyable hours walking along the almost deserted beaches of Playa de Los Peligros and Playa de la Magdalena, watching the huge Atlantic waves from the rocks on the Magdalena Peninsula and visiting the Marine Park with its penguins...

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  • Pintxos bar in Mercado del Este

    We visited Santander on New Year's Eve morning in December 2012.While Emma and her parents were browsing the shops in the Mercado del Este market building (which is located just inland from the seafront, behind Jardines de Pereda), I spied a pintxos bar and took the opportunity to sneak off for a glass of rioja and some nibbles.That pintxos bar was...

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Santander Nightlife

  • Great tapas at night !

    A very popular place where you can eat something when you go out at night.The most famous are the "patatas bravas" (potatoes with tomato sauce) and alioli, but there are also other tapas and sandwiches. For everyone and every dress code

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  • Nightlife

    Nightlife is concentrated in the Cañadío area (downtown). You will mostly find bars and pubs which catter for different kinds of crowd. If the weather is nice, most people will have their drinks on the street. In Summer the Sardinero district also sees some activity, especially around the casino, but the crowd tends to be older.

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  • Coffee and Gossip

    We found this place by accident! It was great to see families enjoying the company of friends and family chatting , drinking coffee and playing with the chidren. Such a wonderful place to people watch.The coffee is good too. There are tapas and a few individual shops selling coffee, oil, cheese and pasta.

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Santander Transportation

  • Car rental at Santander airport

    If you are planning to rent a car in Santander airport, that should not be a problem. What car rental companies are present at Santander Airport?Upon arrival at the airport you can rent a car from four different providers, namely Europcar, Enterprise Atesa, Hertz and Avis. Via EasyTerra Car Rental allows you to compare prices from all suppliers and...

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  • Airport Shuttle Bus

    The shuttle bus is the cheapest way to the center. The bus ride can take about 10-15min. There are buses every 30 minuteThe bus from the airport can be found at the exit of the arrivals hall, bus connections to Santander and other places. A single ticket to the center costs € 2.50, tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. The buses run from...

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  • Seve Ballesteros-Santander Airport

    Seve Ballesteros-Santander, located south of the city, in between the port of Santander. Is not a very big airport but it has all the facilities. The airport building has a simple style with a flat roof. The simplicity of interior got too much lights from outsideThe city center of Santander is only 6-10 minutes away by car, easy to reach by public...

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Santander Shopping

  • Downtown

    In downtown there are small supermatkets where you can buy food. There are still some of the old fashion small family run shops where you have interact with the clerck to buy things. Enjoy them while they last!Spain in general is known for having good leather. In Santander you can find many show stores offering high quality shoes at a good price....

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  • Malls

    In the outskirts of Santander there are some big stores (like malls) where the locals go to do most of the shopping. The best is "El Corte Ingles" specially for clothes although is also more pricy than the other malls.

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  • Sobaos and Quesadas

    SOBAOS and QUESADA are tipical Cantabrian cakes, very popular among both locals and visitors. Do not leave without tasting them!They are original from the the Pas valley, nowadays spread through the whole region.In Santander a good place to buy them are Confiterias Gomez, but you can find them in every shop and market too.

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Santander Local Customs

  • The big "Paella" - La gran Paella

    In the popular celebrations it is normal to cook a paella or a pot in a giant pan and it is distributed free to everyoneTo give you an idea paella can be up to 1,200 kilos of rice , meat, vegetables, prawns... will be enough for 12,000 people. You can imagine the smells and the aromas given off during cooking This time it was "marmita"En las...

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  • "La Virgen del Mar"

    On Whit Monday, Santander celebrates its patron , the "Virgen del Mar"There is a great devotion to the Virgin, people will visit the chapel throughout the year, but the feast day there is a procession that bring the Virgin to his hermitage , then they say a Mass and finally people stay to eat paella or pot, which is made on the site in large pots...

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  • Change of look - Cambio de look

    The walls of old houses change their "look" and are painted with marine motifs. The shift is completeLas paredes de de las casas antiguas cambian de "look" y se pintan con motivos marinos . El cambio es total

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Santander Warnings and Dangers

  • Explosive- cyclogenesis - Explosiva

    Before we called big storms and arrived a couple of times a year, now they call cyclogenesis.They really scare and can do great damage especially when the sea storm has coincidence with intensive winds and tidals with high coeficient Antes lo llamábamos simplemente temporales y azotaban un par de veces al año, ahora los llaman ciclogenesis ....

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  • Confusing Street Names

    Visitors may be confused by the fact that many of the most prominent place names in the city maps are not used by the majority of the population, which calls them otherwise. To avoid confusions, these are some of the streets and squares of Santander with their official and unofficial versions:- Plaza del Ayuntamiento is officially known as Plaza...

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  • It can rain sometimes

    Even the statues huddled together under trees to escape the elements.I think in nice weather they stay there to avoid the harsh rays of the sun.

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Santander Tourist Traps

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    Barrio Pesquero

    by ToiCondio Written Jun 5, 2003

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    Well, it's not bad, I must confess... but believe me, there are lots of places in Santander wher you can eat better fish food...

    ASk the locals about "La Maruca"... it's a little beach located north of Santander full of little restaurants

    Unique Suggestions: Enjoy... fodd is fine, wine is ... medium. You can enjoy the meal.

    Fun Alternatives: La Maruca, as said before...

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Santander What to Pack

  • Beachwear

    Trendy beachwear is an essential item in the luggage of any visitor to Santander. Top-less is common in all the beaches, although La Concha and the First of El Sardinero tend to be more conservative. Naturist beaches are located out of the city, in El Puntal, Langre and the Liencres area.Although the weather is rainnier in Santander than in most...

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  • Umbrella

    Yes. It rains in Santander. Ever wondered why the region is so green ? Bring an umbrella. Chances are you will use it!Also, if you go to the interior of the region, be aware of the mosquitos. Cantabria is humid in summer. Mosquitos love that. By the coast mosquitos are less frequent.

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  • Warm clothes in the mountains.

    Good waterproof panniers or rucksack. The weather in the mountains can change very quickly.Warm clothes and waterproof clothing.

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Santander Off The Beaten Path

  • Sala de Exposiciones-Fundación Botín

    This is another venue to enjoy excellent temporary exhibitions.- Address: Calle Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola- Internet: www.fundacionbotin.org

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  • Museo de Arte Moderno

    Excellent permanent and temporary exhibitions.- Address: Calle Rubio, 6- Phone: (+34) 942 20 31 20- E. mail: museo@ayto-santander.esFree entry.

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  • Biblioteca y Casa-Museo de Menéndez...

    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_PelayoYou can visit his house too.- Address: Calle Rubio, 6- Phone: (+34) 942 23 45 34- Fax: (+34) 942 37 37 66- E. mail: biblioteca-mp@ayto-santander.es

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Santander Sports & Outdoors

  • Tour of Spain - La vuelta ciclista a...

    Once a year in September we used to have the visit of the tour of SpainThe multicolour serpent makes a revolution in Santander with its colour, the noise, the traffic, the famous cyclists... that are preparing for difficult mountain stagesUna vez al año, en septiembre solemos tener la visita de la Vuelta a EspañaLa serpiente multicolor revoluciona...

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  • Racing Santander

    Local football club, 2008/9 playing in the top division.Not able to attend a game but went along for a look at the stadium anyway.

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  • Play *Palas*

    This sort of beach tennis is very popular among locals and played even in the most crowded beaches, like the First of El Sardinero.

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Santander Favorites

  • Juan Sebastián Elcano

    From time to time we have the visit of the Spanish training ship Juan Sebastian el Cano, that goes in and out of the bay with all its sails deploying in its four mastsIt's a show to accompany it in a small boat during the arrival and departure to Santander . You can take a boat in the Pedreña boat station and accompany the ship on its way out and...

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  • General Info

    Tourist Offices:*Oficina de Turismo de Santander Hernán Cortés, 4 (Mercado del Este) 39003 Santander (Cantabria) - Tel.: (+34) 942 31 07 08 - Fax: (+34) 942 31 32 48 - E. mail: ofitur@cantabria.org* Oficina Municipal de Turismo de Santander (pic)C/ Jardines de Pereda, s/n 39001 Santander (Cantabria) - Tel.: (+34) 942 20 30 00 / 001 - Fax: (+34) 942...

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  • The Weather in Santander

    It's always important to check the Weather before the visit.On this occasion, I give you three links:- In English- In English- In Spanish

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Stroll along the boulevard
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Santander Bank Building
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Church of Santa Lucia
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Porticada Square
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The Post Office
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Taxis outside the terminal
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The red tourist bus...hop-on hop off
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Plaza del pescado Fish market
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Bicicletas - Bicycle
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Santander by bike
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Santander World ( Exhibition )
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Train
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Prom
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Cathedral
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Famous bank
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El Soplao
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Comer o no comer - To eat or not to eat
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La Plaza de toros - The Bull ring
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Mercado del Este
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Tapas - Pinchos
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Los Jardines / The Gardens
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From Santander
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Santander airport
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Bus Parayas airport Santander
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When in Rome ( or Santander )
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Great tapas & menu of the day.
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Best patatas bravas
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Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno
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