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Bikini Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Magdalena Beach showing a coastal town, a beach and general coastal views

Find some seclusion and get away from the hubbub of Santander’s main beaches at this peaceful spot near a former royal residence.

A summer in Santander can sometimes consist mostly of jostling for space on beaches, but Bikini Beach is an exception. Sheltered on the far side of the Magdalena Peninsula, the beach is mostly frequented by the students of Menendez Pelayo International University, who take classes in the impressive former royal residence, the Palacio de la Magdalena, that gives the area a regal ambience. Wear the swimsuit that gives the beach its name or visit in the winter for a pleasant walk amid the picturesque surrounds.

Change into your swimsuit in the cabins before running out onto the sand. Look out over the sparkling sea, but don’t forget to look behind, where the magnificent architecture of the Palacio de la Magdalena sits splendidly overlooking the beach.

On the other side of the bay, spot the mountain ranges standing proudly. Visit in winter to enjoy the contrast between their snow-capped peaks and the warmth of the beach itself. Build sand castles in the fine sand.

Tan on the sand or swim out in the shallow water, protected year round by the breakwater that leads towards the offshore island of La Horadada. Watch your children having fun at the on-site playground, which includes a slide. Grab a drink from the café inside the Menendez Pelayo International University. Chat with students in the area for the summer.

Go exploring at the end of the beach, where trails lead to the jetty once used by King Alfonso XIII when he spent his summers in Santander. Sit on the edge of the pier and watch the boats come in as evening falls.

You can get to Bikini Beach on the bus from the main train station. By car, it takes about 20 minutes. Parking is available near the Palacio de la Magdalena, though due to it being an active summer university, it can be hard to get access. Lifeguards are on duty at Bikini Beach during regular business hours.

Top Hotels Close to Bikini Beach

Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
4 out of 5
Avenida Reina Victoria, 153, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥15,988 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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)
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"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 ¥28,393 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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
Gran Hotel Sardinero
Gran Hotel Sardinero
4 out of 5
Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
Nestled on the beach, this Santander hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Primera El Sardinero Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Bay of Biscay is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (232 reviews)
"Excellent hotel, right in front of the Sardinero beach in Santander. The room was large, clean, looking new or recently renovated. Parking is available on the hotel itself, also spacious (no risk of scratching your car at all). Good cafe for breakfast (better to avoid the "breakfast included" option ..."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Gran Hotel Sardinero
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 Bikini Beach

Hotel Art Santander
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥14,788 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
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Hotel Silken Rio Santander
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥15,988 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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5 out of 5
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The price is ¥28,393 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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Gran Hotel Sardinero
Gran Hotel Sardinero
4 out of 5
Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
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Hotel Santemar
Hotel Santemar
4 out of 5
C/ Joaquin Costa, 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥17,745 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥15,261 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Hotel Hoyuela
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4 out of 5
DE LOS HOTELES,7, Santander
The price is ¥15,261 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
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Gran Hotel Victoria
Gran Hotel Victoria
4 out of 5
Calle Maria Luisa Pelayo, 38, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥24,370 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos
Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos
3 out of 5
Calle Duque de Santo Mauro, 20, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥19,520 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos
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.