Santander is a coastal city with a great bay pointing the South. Its beauty has made the city be part of the “Club of the most beautiful bays in the World”.
The city has been developed in several hills and river beds, which makes the city have streets with steep slopes, spacious avenues, and coastal promenades. Most of the city center has been built gaining land over the sea.
Originally Santander was a fishing village, but its main industries nowadays are tourism, stores and businesses, manufacturing industries located nearby, and port industries.
It is a modern city due to the devastating fire occured in 1941, which destroyed its old town and forced a major rebuilding of the city. Its city center is surrounded by villages that have been attached to the city: Cueto, Monte, San Román de la Llanilla and Peñacastillo.
The Parliament of Cantabria, the Government of Cantabria, the Universidad de Cantabria and the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), apart from other institutions, have their headquarters in Santander. The city has a typical Atlantic Climate, rainy and mild, keeping average temperatures quite constant. In Winter temperatures vary between 8 and 12 degrees, and in Summer they don’t exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Humidity is quite high all year round and it can be more than 90%.
PLACES OF INTEREST
he city has several visits that can’t be missed such as the Cathedral, the Palacio de la Magdalena, the Plaza Porticada, the Banco de Santander, the Gran Casino del Sardinero, the Palacio de Festivales, Palacio de Exposiciones o Palacio de Deportes. These last three are modern buildings. We can’t forget important museums such as the MAS (Modern Art Museum), the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico, la Casa Museo (and Library) Menendez Pelayo, the Art Center Cabo Mayor, the Prehistoric Museum or the CLAMS
Península de la Magdalena: Itinerary: 2.700 m. 1h, 30 minutes walking.
Visit with touristic train Magdaleno. Timetable: Summer 9:00-22:00 h. Winter: 9:00-20:30 h.
Santander is well known for its great variety of beaches: El Sardinero, La Magdalena, Bikinis or Mataleñas are only a few of them.
CULTURE AND LEISURE
Santander has many museums and leisure activities.
- MAS. Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander y Cantabria. Tfno: 942 203 120
- Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico. Tfno.: 942 274 962
- Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueología.
- CIAMS. Centro Interpretación de los Antiguos Muelles de Santander.
- Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor. Tfno: 942 203648
- Museo Taurino. Tfno: 942 332 289
- Museo del agua. Tfno: 942357 399
- Escenario Santander.
- Batería de San Pedro, in Monte.
- Casa Museo de Menéndez Pelayo.
- Palacio de los Riva Herrera, in Pronillo
FESTIVITIES AND FAIRS
- Baños de Ola: (Interés Turístico Regional) beginning of July.
- Semana Grande: 25 of July
- Feria Taurina de Santiago: during Semana Grande programme
- Feria de Día: incluído during Semana Grande programme
- Semanuca: last week of August.
- Romería del Faro: end of August.
- Virgen del Mar: first Monday after Whit Sunday.
- Festival Intercultural: three weeks in August.
- Muestra romana Santos Mártires. 29, 30 and 31 of August
- Navidad, Cabalgata de Reyes, Carnaval, Semana Santa...
SHOPS AND STORES
Santander has a great variety of shops and stores.
The Townhall has an Official Support Office located in the Town Market of Puertochico. It offers all the information about the shops and businesses in Santander.
- Mercado de La Esperanza: behind the Townhall.
- Mercado de Méjico: Cuatro Caminos Area.
- Mercado Puertochico: Puertochico Area.
- Mercadillo de los domingos en el Pasaje de Peña, "El Túnel”