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Santander

8 months ago

If anyone needs information concerning the city and surrounding areas, do not hesitate to ask. Happy travels!

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Spain
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8 months ago

What places to visit, where to eat well and economically, thank you

I'll give you a top 10 of the best places to visit in Santander. Palacio de la Magdalena,Centro Botín,Maritime Museum of the Cantabrian, Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology, Santander Cathedral, Peninsula of Magdalena, Jardines y Paseo de Pereda, Playas de Santander, Faro del Cabo Mayor, Mercado de la Esperanca. As for eating well in Santander you won't have a problem if you move around Puerto Chico, Tetuan or fishing district. The attic is one of my favorites, in terms of quality, price. If you're looking for menus around EUR 10-15 go to Vargas Street where you have enough restaurants at affordable prices like Casa Mariano or Picos de Europa.

If you know more places to visit, I'd appreciate it, Jose Luis.

There are many more places to visit. You mean, the capital?

Si Capital Santander and environs. Thanks for your help, Jose Luis.

If you have a couple of days you can start the tour of Pereda Gardens and take advantage of it to ask for information at the tourist office there.From there you enter the historical hull which is not very wide due to the fire that engulfed the city there in 1941. The best thing is to walk through its streets and slowly discover its monuments. The first thing that will call us the attenuation is the majesty of the facades of your banks. If we continue down Hernén Cortes Street, we arrive at Porticada Square, one of the most living places in the city and a whole symbol, since it was built to be the new center of the city after the fire.
Next door, we find the Church of Christ and Santander Cathedral, opposite the Church of the Company. If we continue on Juan de Herrera Street, we reach the Town Hall Square.From here, we can get closer to the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts or to the Casa-Museo and Biblioteca Menendez Pelayo, one of the great thinkers of this land. That is, if what we are looking for is joy and knowing the day by day of the saints, nothing better than entering the Hope Market, where one of the best fresh fish in Spain is sold. If we continue on JesÃos de Monasterio and San Fernando streets, we will be in the most commercial area of Santander.
The afternoon is the perfect time to see the marquis Santander walking by the beautiful pier area. We left Pereda's gardens, next to the famous GrÃoa de Piedra. We can have a coffee on Pereda's promenade, Swiss Cafe. A few metres away, we find the Embarcadero's Palace, and from here we can take excursions to see the Bay. The view we get from the city from the sea is incredible, so this one-hour trip is a wonderful experience.
On our return, we can take the opportunity to visit what has become one of the city's new symbols: the Boat Center. It is a cultural space dedicated to contemporary art, music, cinema, theatre and literature.
Afterwards, walking down the Calderon Pier, we came across the sculpture of The Weirdos, representing a few kids jumping into the water and made as a reminder of the kids who were throwing themselves in the bay a few years ago to pick up the coins that tourists threw at them.
If we keep walking, we pass by the Maré Port Club and in front of striking buildings like the Planetarium or the Palais des Festivals. On Severiano Ballesteros Avenue, we arrived at the Maré Museum. Once we leave behind the museum, the area of beaches begins (Los Dangros and La Magdalena are the first ones)
At dinner time, a good choice is to go back to the centre and get out of bed in the vicinity of Caño Square. And it's just that this area is one of the most well-known areas in the city to go out and have a drink.

DAY 2

You can dedicate the morning to knowing Magdalena's peninsula, one of Santander's most beautiful and special environments. Before we arrive, we can go down Horadada Street to the edge of the beach, and by the rocks, get a beautiful view of the Tower Islands and Horadada.
We passed by Los Bikinis Beach to meet the Royal Embarcadero and reach the Pig's Lighthouse. If we continue to surround the Peninsula, we will arrive at an esplanade leading to the jewel of Santander: the Magdalena Palace. On the way down, we found three authentic carabels that Vital Alsar donated to Santander and a fun mini-zoo where we can see marine animals like seals, pingÃ1⁄4inos or sea lions immersed in the water coming directly from the sea.
If we go through Queen Victoria Avenue and through the beautiful gardens of San Roque, we reach Plaza Italia. Here we will find the majestic and iconic Grand Casino.
We are in the most popular area on the coast of Santander: El Sardinero, where we have several beaches to choose from: from Camello or La Concha to Sardinero beaches (over a kilometre long).
We can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, make a stop at the spectacular viewpoint of Piquéo Gardens (very romantic, if we go together) and continue to the end of Mesones Park. On the way, we'll see some of the most beautiful palaces and houses in town on one side and sailboats on the other.
We can encourage ourselves to continue and make the journey that leads us to the other end of the city, the Cape Major Lighthouse, 30 metres high. We'll get to him on Faro Avenue and it's perfect if what we're looking for is a much wilder landscape of nature, as the sea is more open there and the cliffs are worth admiring.
Keep in mind
A tourist bus runs through the city and stops at the most tourist points.
The Faro de Cabo Mayor area features the Mataleñas Golf Course, overlooking the coast.
There are two indispensable excursions if we have time to explore Santander’s surroundings: Cabérceno Nature Reserve, only 15 minutes away; and Altamira Museum, 30 minutes away. It would also be highly recommended to visit Santillana del Mar, a very quaint little town declared one of the most beautiful in Spain, just 30 minutes from Santander.

We'll have a good time if we see everything. We're going to Santander for three days and we're going to try to see most of it. You've helped us a lot. Thank you, Jose Luis.

If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask.

Netherlands
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2 months ago

Thank you so much Jose Luis, we're going to the end of April and your advice comes from pearls, a greeting

Singapore
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8 months ago

Hi Luis, thank for this. How many days do I need to explore the place?

If you're planning to visit the city just with a couple of days it would be enough at the most three to be able to make any excursions nearby. If you want to know the Cantabrian community, maybe five or six days would be enough.

If you know places of interest to visit in the city of Santander, you'd be grateful to tell us that other places we can visit. Thank you very much.

Hungary
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6 months ago

I spent four days in Santander early September. Most of the time the weather was perfect to go to the beaches. They are super cool. The city of Santander is a gem! Beautiful places , nice food and drink and very friendly people! You will love it!

Spain
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8 months ago

And good beaches on santander

The Sardinero, the first and second are the most popular.The Magdalena, Bikinis, Dangers and Horadada are located to the south and are very quiet bathing beaches. Mataleñas for my taste is the best of them all and one you definitely have to visit is the Puntal although it doesn't belong to Santander but it's 10 minutes by ferry or as we say here at the Pedreñera.

Spain
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8 months ago

If you want to ask questions about Barcelona, ask and if I can help you I will.

Spain
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8 months ago

Hola, a mí me gustaría encontrar un alojamiento barato para pasar unos días en Barcelona, alguna recomendación?

Singapore
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8 months ago

Planning to visit BILBAO as well. Any recommendations on places to visit please, as well as how many days is enough to explore the place? Thanks!

Italy
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8 months ago

Ciao, ad Agosto andrò a Cala D'or, sapreste consigliarmi dove poter mangiare bene senza spendere troppo? E poi, avreste modo di consigliarmi quali posti visitare? Premetto che sono automunita. Grazie

Spain
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8 months ago

Thank you so much, Jose Luis. You've made some plans for us.
We'll be from August 1st to 8th.

I hope you have a good time. Any questions you can ask me and I'll help you in any way I can.Greetings.

Spain
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7 months ago

Hello Jose Luis, first of all thank you for all the information, thank you very much.
We will also go to Cantabria, we also like hiking very much, but this year we are going with a new member (a baby). We've been in the area for years, but this year we're a little lost because we don't really know where to go, make it "easy" because we have to carry it in a cart or a backpack.
Do you know any hiking/cave/activities you can do?
A thousand thanks in advance, it's a joy to have people involved like you. Good morning, everyone.

Hi. First of all, congratulate him on the arrival of that baby, and secondly, thank him for choosing my land again to spend his vacation. I'm going to propose some plans and I hope some of them will suit your needs.
STEPS

The Mataleñas Trail tour through a comfortable itinerary that looks out over the Cantabrian offers remarkable views of the cliffs and the charming beaches on which it runs. In the middle of this circular walk, you can reach the lighthouse of Cabo Mayor, a beautiful spot from which you can admire much of the Cantabrian coast.

The Vaguada de Las Flames is a wetland that can be crossed by several walkways from which you can see the flora and fauna of this space. There is a large park, very popular with holy families.

MUSEOS-Neocueva and Altamira Museum. It is worth starting the tour of the museum, where there is a special circuit for families, and entering the neocave, a reproduction of the original Altamira Cave. While it may not be particularly interesting for the little ones next to it is the “museoteak”, a space dedicated to thinking and acting as prehistoric families, self-guided activities guided by museum staff can be arranged.
The Soplao Cave.
El Castillo y Las Monedas (Puente Viesgo), El Pendo (Escobedo de Camargo) and Cullalvera (Ramales de la Victoria)
To deepen prehistory and history, we should not miss the visit to the Cantabrian Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology (MUPAC).

CENTRES occupying an exceptional natural corner. Casa de las Mareas hosts an exhibition with interactive elements, including a light table for drawing different birds and a small aquarium. On the water, with transparent soil, there is a room for enjoying views, especially during bird migration, with tables, sofas and carpets.
Visits to the nearby Santa Olaja Mill can be arranged from this centre, but are dependent on the tides. Please contact and book in advance to ensure your visit.
GRANJAS

Cantabria is unimaginable without its cows. Different livestock companies organise visits to their premises and to places where their cows graze. Any of them is an incredible experience to enjoy with children in Cantabria.
In these farms, activities such as breastfeeding of calves and the environment in which they operate are possible, including the Cudaña Farm, the Val del Mazo Livestock Farm and La Lejuca.

PARKS
The Cabárceno Nature Reserve is a peculiar landscape today, home to more than 100 species of animals from the five continents. The vast expanse and orography of the place makes the enclosures large – even in some cases they may coexist with more than one species – allowing animals to live in semi-freedom.

BOSQUES Hayal de Aloños. The landscape transforms with each season, discovering new elements on each visit. In Aloños you can stay in The Hague, plus an environmental education and interpretation centre you can sleep in tree huts or try glamping.

Mount Hijedo. From the village of Riopanero you can follow a number of paths into this magnificent oak grove. The road is simple, with no large discrepancies and suitable for carting (at least much of the journey can be easily done with it). While the route continues, it is recommended to walk for an hour and return to the starting point. More information on this site can be found at the Mount Hijedo Visitor Centre.

Mount Big Head Sequoia Natural Monument.Its history dates back to the 1940s, when it was decided to plant more than 800 redwoods to supply the area with wood. When it came time to cut their wood, it was no longer of industrial interest and fortunately for nature-loving families... there they were. Declared Natural Monument in 2003, some of the redwoods are up to 36 metres long and their perennial leaf makes it possible for them to be seen at any time of the year.

LABERINT

The largest in Spain and another classic in Cantabria. Through the entrance, and for the next hour, all you can see is the path, the green of the trees – the walls of the labyrinth – and the faces of the people who cross inside, sometimes. In order to avoid impatience among small companions, guests are advised to print the aerial image of the maze or take a photo on the sign at the entrance. It is certainly one of the most fun experiences to have in Cantabria with children.

The Nansa River Trail is a simple and beautiful signposted promenade along the banks of this Cantabrian river.

Spain
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6 months ago

Thank you very much. A hug ;)

Gracias a tí Lucia. Un abrazo

Spain
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7 months ago

Hi José, I'm going to Santander next Monday, 26/08 for a 4-day stay, and I'm staying at a hotel in Hoznayo. How could I get to all these places? Could you give me a tour of these places as much as possible? Thank you in advance.

Hi. If you want to send me your e-mail and I'll tell you how you can organize it. A salute

Hola me podrias decir restaurantes vegetarianos? Gracias.

Sorry, I didn't see your message. Well, I only know a couple of them. Yerbabuena and the San Martin stop.

Muchas gracias.

United States of America
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6 months ago

Thanks for all the info. I will save for future reading. I am hoping to part of the summer in Santander. Can you recommend best neighborhoods (nice, good public transport)? It would be very helpful as I look through hotel and apartment options. Thank you.

Hello Diana. For me the best neighborhoods to stay are Sardinero,Puertochico and Zona centro. Santander is a small city and you can go by foot or by bus anywhere in the city. I have three options for you in the sardinero area: Suite home Pinares(55€) Petit boutique hotel Santander (62€) Hotel Las Brisas (84€). In Puertochico you can stay in NH ciudad de santander (91€) or Vincci (110€). In the city center you have too many hostels or a good hotel like Hotel Bahia (89€) or Abba Hotel (60€). If you prefer some hostel let me know.

United States of America
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6 months ago

Thank you for the info! I normally stay awhile (two weeks or more), rent a vacation apartment and explore from there. I will check the neighborhoods and places you recommend. I'm definitely not a hostel kind of girl. Would love to attend the summer school at the Palacio someday.

Uruguay
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6 months ago

What areas in Santander do you recommend to rent flats to study at the University of Cantabria? Thank you.

Hi, Jessica. A good area is the avenue of the Castros between the gazebo of the Dolphins and the gazebo of the Polio descent. Benidorm Street and Honduras Street are also a good area. These streets are close to the University of Cantabria and you will be walking in no more than 20 minutes.

Uruguay
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6 months ago

Thank you so much for the information!

Muchas gracias

Spain
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3 months ago

Vitoria

Spain
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2 months ago

Greetings!! We go four days to Cantabria in the first days of March. We planned to stay the first night in Santander to visit the city and the rest in Santillana del Mar to visit Altamira and make some other excursion from there, which do you advise us? Because I can't find very accurate information about the distances and we don't want to spend the four days by car. Thank you very much in advance.

Hi. Cantabria is a small community, so you will have no problems with travel, as everything from Santillana del Mar is relatively close to you, less than an hour to the most recommended places. If you stay in Santillana, I wouldn't miss Liebana or the Comillas area, San Vicente de la Barquera and Cabuérniga.

United States of America
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2 months ago

I am on almost the same trip but in May. Can we compare excursions from Santillana del Mar with each other? Please message me on facebook. Gary

Argentina
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2 months ago

Hi. I am planning to travel in June (10-12 approx.) that places advise me and what is the temperature at that time to know what to wear. Thank you.

Hi. If you read other answers, you'll find recommended places in Cantabria. If you need to hear from one particular you tell me. The weather in Cantabria is somewhat unstable, but by that time the temperature is usually nice, you'll need some jacket or light jacket for the nights.

Hola, vamos a Figueres a pasar tres días, si podéis decirme sitios donde comer bien a un precio razonable os lo agradecería , así como que visitar a parte del museo Dali.
Gracias

Hi. This is a forum dedicated to Santander, Cantabria. Ask at the forum devoted to Spain. There you can help. Greetings.

Argentina
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2 months ago

Good morning, we travelled in April to Spain and the idea is to explore Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country.In the case of Cantabria, where should we base it? The idea is to use public transport (buses between city and city'). While it is feasible to rent cars, we prefer you to drive another car and appreciate the landscapes. Is that a good idea? Thank you!!

Hi. It's a good idea to move between the cities you tell me by bus since the distances aren't too long. As for the base to tour Cantabria, I would choose Santander. If you need a rental car to explore Cantabria, I can recommend some more local company than the most recognized ones. Greetings.

Spain
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2 months ago

Hello Jose luis, you can help me by recommending, where to stay economical with kitchen or restaurant around Cabarceno I take my kids, I go three days a holy week, and besides jailhouse you can recommend places to see

Hi. I know some self-catering apartments about 15 minutes from Cabárceno, their price is around 45 € but since it's Santa Week it'll increase a bit I guess. I also know another apartment near the park about 10 minutes away but it does not have a kitchen but there are restaurants nearby quite affordable. This apartment is around € 45 but I'm sure it will rise something due to the dates. If you plan to get to know Cabárceno it'll take you almost all day, so the other two days you have left, at least I'd get one to Santander and one to the Santillana del Mar area and the surrounding area. I hope I helped you, any doubt you can ask me. The apartment with kitchen is called Boo Bay and the other is the new Mirones 634. You also have this hotel which is super cheap and is very good, besides it is the closest one to the park. Roses 29 euros per night.

Spain
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1 month ago

Good afternoon, I need advice on what to visit in and around Asturias, we are going on holiday at the end of April 2020 and I would like to plan it, thanks in advance, a greeting.

Good afternoon, this is a post about Santander and Cantabria in general. If you need to know anything about any particular area bordering Asturias, let me know.

United States of America
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1 month ago

Hi, I am coming to barcelona next week. what is current life like there with the virus?

The current life in the city is normal. Don't worry about it very much.

Spain
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19 days ago

Hi! I want to go to Cantabria for 4 days and I'd like to see a bit of everything where I can stay the 4 days without having to change accommodation?

Hi. In principle a good basis for seeing all the corners of Cantabria could be Santander or the Torrelavega area because it is in the middle of the province of Cantabria.

Greece
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8 hours ago

Refund policies vary. The virus outbreak has tremendous consequences to the worldwide travel & tourism and hospitality industry. The crisis will pass and people will continue to travel for business or pleasure, but stay assured that the first think they will remember while rebooking, is the treatment they received from travel agents, airlines and accommodation proprietors during this crisis. Keep travelling, as there are still a lot to be seen out there !!!