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Magdalena Peninsula
Vacation Travel Guide

Magdalena Peninsula showing a sandy beach, rugged coastline and general coastal views
Relax on the beaches at the base of the bluffs and ride the little train to observe sea lions and penguins.

Magdalena Peninsula features scenic terrain, made up of emerald bluffs, pine woodland and golden sandy beaches. Adorning this serene landscape are some of Santander’s best attractions, including three galleons, a marine zoo and a majestic palace. Snap photos of the rugged coastline and the nearby islands rising from picturesque Santander Bay. 

Admire the impressive white façade and towers of the Magdalena Palace, located at the peak of the peninsula. Built in the early 20th century, it is today among the city’s most iconic structures. Embark on a guided tour to appreciate the period décor and wonderful architectural features. 

Catch the little blue-and-white train that traverses the headland. Hop off at the Magdalena Marine Park and marvel at the sea lions, penguins and other aquatic creatures. 

Go jogging or cycling along the perimeter of the peninsula and stop to appreciate stunning views of the sea from the Punta el Higar and other lookouts. Wander through the shaded woodland and have a picnic beside a pine tree. On the southern strip of the headland is Los Peligros Beach. Bring the whole family to enjoy the shallow and calm water here. 

Saunter along the wooden deck that runs along the length of the strand, before crossing over to neighboring Bikinis Beach. Spot Torre Island and its little sister Horadada Island on the horizon. A little east of the beaches lies the Faro de la Cerda, a charming white lighthouse and its adjacent red-and-white building overlooking the sea. Other highlights on the cape include the three ships of local 20th-century mariner Vital Alsar Ramírez and the neighboring mermaid sculpture.

Magdalena Peninsula is a 69-acre (28-hectare) headland that juts out from the southeastern corner of the Santander City Center. Drive east from the Santander railway station for 3 miles (5 kilometers) to arrive here in about 20 minutes. See some of the nearby highlights, such as El Sardinero Beach, the Gran Casino de Sardinero and the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico. 

Relax on the beaches at the base of the bluffs and ride the little train to observe sea lions and penguins.

Magdalena Peninsula features scenic terrain, made up of emerald bluffs, pine woodland and golden sandy beaches. Adorning this serene landscape are some of Santander’s best attractions, including three galleons, a marine zoo and a majestic palace. Snap photos of the rugged coastline and the nearby islands rising from picturesque Santander Bay.

Admire the impressive white façade and towers of the Magdalena Palace, located at the peak of the peninsula. Built in the early 20th century, it is today among the city’s most iconic structures. Embark on a guided tour to appreciate the period décor and wonderful architectural features.

Catch the little blue-and-white train that traverses the headland. Hop off at the Magdalena Marine Park and marvel at the sea lions, penguins and other aquatic creatures.

Go jogging or cycling along the perimeter of the peninsula and stop to appreciate stunning views of the sea from the Punta el Higar and other lookouts. Wander through the shaded woodland and have a picnic beside a pine tree. On the southern strip of the headland is Los Peligros Beach. Bring the whole family to enjoy the shallow and calm water here.

Saunter along the wooden deck that runs along the length of the strand, before crossing over to neighboring Bikinis Beach. Spot Torre Island and its little sister Horadada Island on the horizon. A little east of the beaches lies the Faro de la Cerda, a charming white lighthouse and its adjacent red-and-white building overlooking the sea. Other highlights on the cape include the three ships of local 20th-century mariner Vital Alsar Ramírez and the neighboring mermaid sculpture.

Magdalena Peninsula is a 69-acre (28-hectare) headland that juts out from the southeastern corner of the Santander City Center. Drive east from the Santander railway station for 3 miles (5 kilometers) to arrive here in about 20 minutes. See some of the nearby highlights, such as El Sardinero Beach, the Gran Casino de Sardinero and the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico.

Top Hotels Close to Magdalena Peninsula

Hotel Santemar
Hotel Santemar
4 out of 5
C/ Joaquin Costa, 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥8,490 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (571 reviews)
AMAZING
"This place is AMAZING, it was clean, comfortable, everything you need for a stayover or long term stay. Unfortunately this was only for one night waiting for a ferry, but we are extremely glad we booked in. If ever we are in the area again, this is definitely on our list of places to stay again. ..."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

Hotel Santemar
Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥10,798 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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! (767 reviews)
"Excellent location, nice hotel"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Hotel Bahia
Eurostars Hotel Real
Eurostars Hotel Real
5 out of 5
Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥18,077 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (326 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 Magdalena Peninsula

Hotel Santemar
Hotel Santemar
4 out of 5
C/ Joaquin Costa, 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥8,490 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Hotel Santemar
Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥10,798 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Hotel Bahia
Eurostars Hotel Real
Eurostars Hotel Real
5 out of 5
Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥18,077 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Eurostars Hotel Real
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
4 out of 5
Avenida Reina Victoria, 153, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥8,766 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Gran Hotel Victoria
Gran Hotel Victoria
4 out of 5
Calle Maria Luisa Pelayo, 38, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥10,798 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Gran Hotel Victoria
Gran Hotel Sardinero
Gran Hotel Sardinero
4 out of 5
Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
The price is ¥10,798 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Gran Hotel Sardinero
Hotel Hoyuela
Hotel Hoyuela
4 out of 5
DE LOS HOTELES,7, Santander
The price is ¥8,490 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Hotel Hoyuela
Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos
Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos
3 out of 5
Calle Duque de Santo Mauro, 20, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥14,053 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos
Hostería Santander
Hostería Santander
2 out of 5
Joaquín Costa 43, Santander
Hostería Santander
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.