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First time going to Santander? We want you to get the most out of your rental-car Santander experience. That is why, we've enlisted the help of a local travel expert to help get you on your way. Follow these important travel tips and enjoy the best that Santander is offering.
See: Santander is famous for its stunning coastal location so make the most of the Mediterranean the sun at one or more of northern Santander’s 11 sandy and pristine beaches. The Gardens of Piquito lie between the first and second beaches at Sardinero and from here you have a great view of Magdelena Peninsula and the Palace of Magdelena.
The Cathedral of Santander is the cities oldest monument. Dating back to the 13th century the building is mostly gothic in style although it has been reconstructed several times. Of particular interest is the 12th century crypt and the Gothic cloister.
If the sun is out, take a motorboat tour out into the Bay of Biscay to see the rugged coastline and the lighthouse at Cabo Mayor or, if the seas are too rough, head to Plaza Alfonso XIII and take a stroll to the promenade and Gardens of Pereda.
Shop: Unlike most Spanish cities many of Santander’s stylish shopping areas lie not only in the city centre but also a little further a field in the suburbs.
In the historic Old Quarter on Calle del Arrabal is a delightful shop called La Muralla, the only place in Santander that you will find the traditional Cantabrian ceramics that this area is famous for. La Muralla also sells general souvenir items.
Need a new purse or handbag? If your budget allows for it Ares at Calle Hernén Cortés, 18 is the place to go for all the big name quality leather goods.
If you want to get lost in a shopping frenzy for a few hours, stray a little further out of town to Centro Commercial Valle Real, a large, stylish shopping mall accessible by train from the city centre.
If something a little laid back is more your style, or for a taste of the local atmosphere and some fresh-food goodness, head to the Esperanza Market, the oldest market in Santander. Behind the Esperanza is also an open-air market that sells flowers, fruit and clothing.
Eat: Northern Spain is a gastronome’s dream and you could easily eat your way through this coastal city. The seafood is fresh, the tapas are abundant and the choices are limitless! You could go for fine dining in an elegant setting at the Michelin rated El Serbal where traditional northern Spanish cuisine is served with an imaginative twist.
Or eat in one of the cities old wine cellars or ‘bodegas’ like Bodega del Riojano especially good for grilled fresh fish and delicious homemade desserts.
If tapas (or pinchos as they are called in this area) is what you are after there is no shortage of bars serving these delicious morsels or, if you prefer, the larger raciones. Bar Ganbara is a favorite specializing in mushrooms. Enjoy an assortment of different mushroom varieties sautéed in butter and garlic.
A great place to sample these and other traditional Cantabrian sweet-treats is the family-run bakery Confiterias Gomez, but you will also find them in most supermarkets and markets.
On a sunny day grab an ice cream from one of the many Regma ice cream outlets and head to beach.
Tapas bars where you can enjoy a snack with your drink, are plentiful while the bares de copas primarily serve drinks and are found in the popular late-night bar area of the Plaza de Canadio.
Eh Marcelino is popular amongst a younger crowd and boasts an extensive wine list so it is a great place to try some of the wines from the region. Rioja and Ribero wines are a personal favorite.
Stay: Accommodation options are varied in Santander, from coastal resort style hotels to more laid back, homely pensions and bed and breakfasts. For high-end options there is the luxurious Hotel Real situated on a hill overlooking the bay or the Hotel Bahia closer to the waterfront.
For something a little gentler on the budget there is Posada de Mies Villa, a peaceful bed and breakfast in a tranquil garden setting.
Walk: If you are keen to see the city on foot the central Santander Tourist Office offers a free city guide that details five city walks that include particular areas of interest: Santander’s historical monuments, the lighthouse at Cabo Mayor, the Magdelena Peninsula, Santander’s port area, and the beaches of Santander.
Get Out: A picturesque three-hour drive from Santander is the Picos de Europa, one of the highest mountain ranges in Europe. The drive itself is a treat as you pass through small Spanish villages before you arrive at the magnificent and rugged Picos that stand at 7500 feet at the highest point.
The famous pilgrimage trail, El Camino de Santiago, passes through Santander and you can visit other nearby towns that are also on the ancient pilgrimage route: San Vicente de la Barquera, Santona or Comillas.
If you feel like a boat trip there are regular return services from Santander to Pedreña, Somo and back through Santander Bay. It is about a 45-minute round-trip.
Listen: If it’s jazz and blues you are looking for, El Rocambole on Calle Hernan Cortes will be sure to satisfy. Local acts appear at this jazz club regularly and the music keeps going well into the early hours.
Canela in the Plaze de Canadio is also a great place to have a (slightly overpriced) drink and hear some live music.
The International Music and Dance Festival is one of the most important events on the Spanish cultural calendar and is held in Santander in August at the Palacio de Festivales. The Palacio also hosts regular musical events: check their calendar for upcoming events.
Avoid: Avoid spending too little time in this city!! There is so much to see and do in Santander and surrounds and you will want to include a couple of days lazing on the beach and a stroll though the Picos de Europa in your itinerary so…don’t rush.