Make your way to a delightful spot on Santander's coastline to swim, stroll, relax and enjoy stunning views out to sea.
Plan to spend some time at Magdalena Beach (Playa de la Magdalena) and unwind at a popular and attractive sandy sanctuary. It sits within a sheltered bay at the foot of the Palacio de la Magdalena and extends for approximately 2,953 feet (900 meters).
Put in some sunbathing time on the sand, on the large lawn area or on top of one of the tethered floating platforms. If you are feeling active enjoy a swim and participate in watersports such as surfing and windsurfing. Go for a stroll along the shoreline or on the boardwalk that runs to the neighboring beach of Los Peligros.
Enjoy sea views that look out to the Isla de la Torre, a tiny island that's home to a sailing school and Isla Horadada, a rock with a small lighthouse.
Magdalena Beach is part of the Magdalena Peninsula, an attractive park that covers a large amount of land and features numerous attractions. Explore the green surrounds on foot or by taking the tourist train. Visit the Muelle de las Carabelas (Dock of the Caravelles, also known as the Museum of Man and the Sea) where there are reproductions of three Spanish galleons known as caravels. Stop by the marine park to see penguins, sea lions, seals and ducks.
Study the park's monuments including a statue of the Spanish naturalist and TV presenter Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Go over to the 19th-century La Cerda Lighthouse and embark on a guided tour of the Palacio de La Magdalena, a royal palace that was built in 1912.
Magdalena Beach is located at the foot of the Magdalena Peninsula, approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the city center. Buses stop close to the entrance to the peninsula. Alternatively, drive and park in the free parking lot near the Playa del Camello or the free parking spaces in Reina Victoria Avenue. From either of these places, it's a short walk to Magdalena Beach. Among the beach facilities are showers, toilets and disabled access.