Santander Travel Guide

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Santander Things to Do

  • Beaches

    Santander is blessed with a number lovely sandy beaches. There is very little commercialisation, just the occasional bar/restaurant.

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  • Santander by bike

    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)...

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  • Santander World ( Exhibition )

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

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Santander Restaurants

  • 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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  • Barrio Pesquero - Fishermen Warf

    In the Barrio Pesquero, which is the area where the fishermen live there are restaurants where you can eat paella, good fish and even seafoodYou walk in front of the restaurants , you see how they are making paella on the street, smell the grilled fish ... and decide which is the one you like more and certainly you will not be wrong En el Barrio...

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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

  • Train

    Santander was a stopover on my travel along the FEVE train from Ferrol to Hendaye. Leaving Santander 08-00 for Bilbao 10-46. From the FEVE station trains go Oviedo, Bilbao and others , from the RENFE station trains go to Alicante, Madrid and Valladolid Ferries go to Portsmouth and Plymouth in England.Buses go to the airport from the bus station The...

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    FEVE red on map. The map was on a tiled wall hence the straight line on picture The blue line is the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compastello..

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  • By FEVE

    FEVE stands for Ferrocarriles (Railway) Españoles (Spanish) de Vía (Track) Estrecha (Narrow), sort of commuter trains, covering most of the north coast of Spain, up to Oviedo to the west and Bilbao to the east.The FEVE Railway Station is at Plaza de las Estaciones, next to the Railway Sation and opposite to the Bus Station.

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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

  • 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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  • Comer o no comer - To eat or not to...

    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...

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  • La Plaza de toros - The Bull ring

    "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...

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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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    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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