What to Do and What to See in Santander

Useful guide on places to visit during a holiday in Santander in Cantabria, Spain.


Santander is an elegant and cosmopolitan seaside main town of the Spanish Cantabria.

It overlooks a beautiful breathtaking bay and a promenade that offers beaches with fine golden sand, amazing views and locals that overlook the sea and greenery.

Santander is a city to be explored on foot or by bicycle.

You may get a rental directly at the point of bike sharing. And do not forget to go out and enjoy even its intense nightlife.

You will find many places to have a drink, often noisy and crowded with local young people and many restaurants where you can taste the best dishes of Cantabria.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

Cathedral our Lady of the Assumption

It is worth a visit to the Cathedral of Santander.

The cathedral has three naves in possession of three chapels and a wonderful square cloister with arcades.

The cathedral was built on Roman ruins and its present appearance is the result of the superposition of two different churches in Gothic style.

Not only that, we must remember that the cathedral suffered considerable damage during the fire of 1941 that devastated and hurt the entire city.

The church was then restored and some with modern elements such as stained glass windows. Absolutely to emphasize is the presence of a font that has a unique feature of its kind, in fact, an inscription in Arabic.

Playa El Sardinero

Playa el Sardinero Santander

This is one of the most famous beaches of Santander.

Here comes the famous waves for surfers, for which it is best suited to reach the nearby Somo.

This, however, is a real paradise for all those who love sailing, wind surfing and canoeing. The beach is free and is equipped with a wonderful wooden walkway with showers.

You’ll find lush green at the end of the beach with immense flowering shrubs and many green plants.

Peninsula of Magdalena

Peninsula Magdalena Santander

The Peninsula of Magdalena is a public park that covers over 25 hectares of surface.

Here you can immerse yourself in wonderful strolls and if you do not fancy walking you can always get on a little train that will take you to discover all the secrets of the place.

Here you will have the opportunity to observe striking vistas overlooking the small islands of los Ratones, Pedroda, the tower and la Horadada, views that will allow you to observe the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Inside the park there is also a small but charming zoo, three ships and of course the many beaches such as Playa de los Peligros, Playa de los Bikinis and Playa de la Magdalena.

Cantabrian Maritime Museum

Museo Marittimo Cantabrico Santander

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum is one of the most beautiful museums of Santander, modern and attractive that really wants to pay tribute to the relationship that has always bound the inhabitants of the city to the sea.

The exhibition unfolds in more than 3000 square meters and allows you to explore the marine cartography and navigation systems, fisheries and all the various species of fish that live in the area of Santander as well as numerous water sports that have been practiced in these areas.


Somo Santander

The small town of Somo can be easily reached by ferry from Santander.

You will arrive in a wonderful place where you will find an immense beach of fine sand waiting for you, one of the most popular beaches for surfers.

In fact, right in Somo there are plenty of surf schools and at sea you will always see beginners struggling with their first waves and professionals who are training.

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