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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.

Top Hotels Close to Magdalena Peninsula

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 ¥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
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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 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
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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
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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 27 to Jul 27
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Hotel Hoyuela
Hotel Hoyuela
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 ¥24,844 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
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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
Hotel Chiqui
Hotel Chiqui
3 out of 5
Avda. Manuel García Lago 9, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥26,855 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Hotel Chiqui
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.