Guide Santander see also hotels Santander northern Spain.
The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain between Asturias (to the west) and the Basque Country (to the east).
Many visitors arrive in Santander by ferry from the UK, anxious to press onwards to the Mediterranean costa's after a 24-hour journey across the Bay of Biscay.
With its glorious beaches and dramatic mountains you can discover more of 'Green Spain'. On the other hand, an impressive road network means that Madrid, the Costa's, Portugal and the south of France are all easily accessible from Santander
Beach near Santander
Santander, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, forced it to develop in a elongated manner along the northern rim of the bay which opens out to the Cantabrian Sea
Today Santander remains a popular tourist destination. It is renowned for its mild, (though rainy) climate. It leads in Cantabrian tourism and has continually flourished.
City lovers interested in history, architecture, culture or simply the discovery of what lies beyond the harbour of one of Spain's major ports will not be disappointed in Santander.
With many historical buildings in the city such as the Cathedral, (see hotels near Santander cathedral) the Palacio de Pronillo and the Edificio del Banco de Espana as well as many galleries and museums, such as the Galeria El Cantil, the Museo Taurino and the Museo de Bellas Artes,
There is a huge choice of cafes, bars and restaurants in the centre, around the Puerto Pesquero (fishing port), and at El Sardinero.