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Banco Santander

Vacation Travel Guide
Banco Santander featuring heritage architecture

Consider the importance of this institution in the banking world while you marvel at the building’s vast hole through which vehicles pass.

Banco Santander is the headquarters of the multinational bank of worldwide renown. As the location of the bank’s founding, its neoclassical building is suitably majestic, featuring a large burrowed arch at its center and a rectangular pediment on its roof with a Spanish flag flying in the breeze. Pass through the central arch and gaze up at the enormous building as you consider its rich history.

Look up at the elegant balconies that adorn the many windows spread symmetrically across the rectangular front of the building. Inspect the intricate carvings decorating the façade. These engraved artworks symbolize such themes as the arts, culture and industry. The bank headquarters opens onto the tree-lined, tiled boulevard of the Paseo de Pereda, which offers gorgeous views of Santander Bay.

Across the road from the building, sit at a bench by the sea and snap photos of the impressive site. Think about how the building’s grandeur and architectural richness match its global status as a banking behemoth.

Drive or take a taxi through the large hole that penetrates the building, gazing up at the sides of the arch’s interior. On the other side of the arch are the myriad plazas and quaint alleys that characterize the Santander City Center. Relax in the tapas bars and try the paella, rabas (fried calamari) and other traditional Cantabrian cuisine.

Note that the bank’s building has been an iconic fixture of this coastal promenade since its completion in 1923. It was designed by local architect Javier González de Riancho

The Banco Santander flanks the boulevard on the northern side of the Jardines de Pereda set of gardens in the heart of the city. Ride a bus to a stop next to the building or walk northeast from the Santander railway station for 10 minutes to get here. Visit some of the nearby highlights, such as the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, the Centro Botín and Santander Cathedral.

Top Hotels Close to Banco Santander

Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥15,212 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is steps from Parroquia Santisimo Cristo and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (773 reviews)
"Cuartos muy grandes y vista espectacular del mar y montañas"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Hotel Bahia
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
4 out of 5
Avenida Reina Victoria, 153, Santander, Cantabria
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,542 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Santander, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry ...
4/5Very Good! (284 reviews)
Que no os timen con el Parking
"Hice una reserva en el hotel Silken Rio por haber una mayor disponibilidad de aparcamiento, pero como estaba cerrado, una chica muy amable me preguntó si me importaba cambiarme al Silken Coliseum, pregunté que cómo estaba el Parking por el centro, y me dijeron que no me preocupara que podía meterlo ..."

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2021

Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Eurostars Hotel Real
Eurostars Hotel Real
5 out of 5
Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥28,302 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Peligros Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (327 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel, well maintained with very friendly and welcoming staff. The breakfast is delicious too! Room was spacious and had a gorgeous view."

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Eurostars Hotel Real
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Banco Santander

Hotel Silken Coliseum
Hotel Silken Coliseum
4 out of 5
Plaza de los Remedios, 1, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥14,083 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥15,212 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
4 out of 5
Avenida Reina Victoria, 153, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥17,542 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Eurostars Hotel Real
Eurostars Hotel Real
5 out of 5
Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥28,302 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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Hotel Art Santander
Hotel Art Santander
4.5 out of 5
SANTA TERESA DE JESUS,20, Santander, SDR
The price is ¥14,151 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Hotel Art Santander
Gran Hotel Sardinero
Gran Hotel Sardinero
4 out of 5
Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
The price is ¥17,633 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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Abba Santander Hotel
Abba Santander Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Calderón de la Barca, 3, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥18,867 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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Hotel City House Alisas Santander
Hotel City House Alisas Santander
2 out of 5
Calle Nicolas Salmeron, 3, Santander, Cantabria
Hotel City House Alisas Santander
Hostel Santander
Hostel Santander
2 out of 5
Paseo de Pereda 15, 1B, Santander, Cantabria
Hostel Santander
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