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Palacio de la Magdalena

Experience the ostentatious splendor of a palatial home where members of the Spanish royal family used to take their summer vacations.

Enter the richly decorated rooms and salons of the Palacio de la Magdalena where Spanish royals used to enjoy their vacations. This magnificent early 20th-century building was the summer residence of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia de Battenberg for 18 years. They ruled Spain until the country became a republic for the second time, in 1931.

Today, the palace is used for university summer courses, weddings and other events throughout the year. Exploring the interior is only possible on a guided tour. Visit rooms that are furnished with centuries-old furniture. Study Bargueños pieces from the Spanish renaissance. This is a style of wooden cabinets from the 16th to 18th centuries characterized by many draws and storage compartments and embellished interiors.

Examine the oil portrait of Queen Victoria Eugenia by the notable Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla. There is also a bust of the queen by the English sculptor Conrad Dressler and a painting of the royal children. Other highlights include a 16th-century table and English Baroque and Hepplewhite furniture.

Go to the chapel for its 17th-century altars and look around the Saleta de la Reina, formerly a private room of the queen. 

The palace is open daily except during the summer months when it can be toured only on the weekends. Guided tours take place several times a day and last for approximately 45 minutes. The tours have a fee and are only conducted in Spanish. Children under the age of 10 enter for free.

The Palacio de la Magdalena is located at the top of the Magdalena Peninsula, a large coastal park that encompasses other attractions including a small marine park, the Muelle de las Carabelas (the Dock of the Caravelles, also known as the Museum of Man and the Sea), beaches and a lighthouse. Take a bus from the city center that stops close to the peninsula’s entrance or drive and use the large free parking lot just outside the park.


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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 Bahia ¥7,766
    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 Victoria ¥6,782
      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).

        Hotel Silken Rio Santander ¥4,984
        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 Santemar ¥6,753
          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).

            Eurostars Hotel Real ¥11,190
            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 Apartamentos Don Carlos ¥6,782
              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.

                Hostería Santander
                Hostería Santander

                Hostería Santander

                Joaquín Costa 43, Santander
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Santander, this beach pension is 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).