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Magdalena Beach

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.


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Hotel Bahia ¥7,811
Hotel Bahia

Hotel Bahia

C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santander Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Gran Hotel Sardinero
    Gran Hotel Sardinero

    Gran Hotel Sardinero

    Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Santander hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Primera El Sardinero Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hotel Chiqui ¥6,792
      Hotel Chiqui

      Hotel Chiqui

      Avda. Manuel García Lago 9, Santander, Cantabria
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Santander, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of El Sardinero Beach, Palacio de la Magdalena, and Bay of Biscay. Playa de los Molinucos and Parque de Matalenas are also within 10 minutes.

        Gran Hotel Victoria ¥6,793
        Gran Hotel Victoria

        Gran Hotel Victoria

        Calle Maria Luisa Pelayo, 38, Santander, Cantabria
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Santander hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Magdalena Peninsula and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Eurostars Hotel Real ¥11,207
          Eurostars Hotel Real

          Eurostars Hotel Real

          Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Hotel Santemar ¥6,793
            Hotel Santemar

            Hotel Santemar

            C/ Joaquin Costa, 28, Santander, Cantabria
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Santander hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Bay of Biscay and Santander Ferry Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hotel Silken Rio Santander ¥6,260
              Hotel Silken Rio Santander

              Hotel Silken Rio Santander

              Avenida Reina Victoria, 153, Santander, Cantabria
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Santander, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos ¥6,793
                Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos

                Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos

                Calle Duque de Santo Mauro, 20, Santander, Cantabria
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Santander, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Bay of Biscay is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.