Santander is the capital and largest city of Cantabria in Northern Spain. Like most of the cities and towns on the northern coast of Spain, Santander features an interesting blend of lush, green, and mountainous scenery with picturesque, sandy beaches.
The city itself is elegant and modern with plenty of amazing places to eat and neat things to see and experience.
Santander Travel Guide - Contents
The 2 Most Popular Santander Tours
Santander boat trip
Private Tour of Santander
5 Top Reasons To Visit Santander
Visit the Palacio de la Magdalena
At the edge of the city of Santander, there is a small peninsula that jets out into the Cantabrian Sea, known as the Magdalena Peninsula. The Palacio de la Magdalena or Palace of Magdalena is located on this outcrop.
The palace was built between 1908 and 1912 and it is a perfect example of the characteristic architecture of Northern Spain. Up until the 1930s, the palace was used as a summer residence for the Spanish royal family. Nowadays it is open to visitors and used for big social events.
Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria
The Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria is home to a wide variety of artifacts from the Upper Palaeolithic and the Iron Age, all discovered in Cantabria.
You will also find Roman items discovered in the nearby town of Castro-Urdiales and other amazing findings that illustrate the long and rich history of the region.
Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico
Many towns on the coast of Northern Spain have a long and complicated relationship with the Sea. Many of the great sailors and merchants that Spain has produced were came from this area of the country. The Museo Maritimo del Cantábrico or the Maritime Museum of Cantabria is dedicated to chronicling this relationship.
Here you will find a little bit of everything from exhibits on natural history and archaeology to displays on shipbuilding and cartography, some dating back to 1790. The Museum is located next to Los Peligros Beach, slightly north of Santander’s city center.
Visit the new Centro Botín
There are two famous Botin’s in Spain. One opened the oldest restaurant in the world located in Madrid. The other founded one of the country’s most important banks, and named it after his home town, Santander.
The Centro Botín is the city’s newest arts center and a gift from the Santander bank. The gallery is housed in a futuristic-looking spaceship-like building. The center is dedicated to highlighting art, from video and photography to painting and sculpture. You can enjoy the works of some renowned international artists such as Carlos Garaicoa, Mona Hatoum, Joan Jonas, Jannis Kounellis, and Julie Mehretu.
Kick it at the beach
There are several excellent beaches near Santander’s city center, the most famous of which is Playa del Sardinero which spans across 1300 meters and has been awarded a blue flag award for its sustainability and environmental efforts. South of the city you will find the Playa de Los Peligros and Playa de la Magdalena, spreading out towards the peninsula.
Best Time To Visit Santander
The best months to visit Santander for good weather are May, June, July, August, September, and October. However, the most crowded and warmest months are in Summer: July, August, and September. So your best bet would be from May to July. August is the best month if you are going to want to take a dip.