The gateway to Northern Spain, Santander is a wonderful city characterised by its beautiful coast, past opulence and fantastic gardens and parks. Within the Cantabria region, one of the lesser known in Spain but as a true favourite with domestic tourists, the city and area is a fantastic holiday destination.
Begin your visit by exploring the Plaza Porticada, the central square where you will find many of the city’s emblematic buildings as well as plenty of opportunities to do a little retail therapy and to get a taste of Santander’s delicious gastronomic offering. Although perhaps not with the same church appeal as some other European cities, the Cathedral with its fantastic altarpiece and cloisters is definitely worth a visit. If a visit to a museum is always on your trip itinerary then discover the interesting exhibits on human history at the Prehistorical Museum or fascinating world of planets and stars at the city’s Planetarium.
While in the city, be sure to head to the scenic Magdalena Peninsula and visit the Magdalena Palace with its beautiful surrounding grounds: a perfect spot for a picnic. There is also a small zoo on the peninsula with a selection of penguins, sea lions and seals which is a great activity for children. Along with the peninsula, there is plenty of way to enjoy this fabulous coastal city; from strolling along the stunning Pereda promenade and gardens to spending the day at one of the many beaches nearby.
Known for its natural beauty and landscape, the surrounding area of Cantabria is also well worth exploring. Head to Santillana del Mar, a quaint medieval village which offers visitors great Romanesque architecture and traditional bakeries; and just outside of the village, you will find the fantastic Altamira caves and museums. Furthermore the area has numerous superb surfing spots, perfect for those looking to catch a wave while in the area.