Santander City Centre

Santander
Banco Santander featuring heritage architecture

Wander through the picturesque gardens and along the coastal boulevard, enter the vast cathedral and examine the fascinating monuments in the heart of Santander.

Stunning gardens, a lively market and spacious plazas are what characterize the Santander City Center. Overlooking scenic Santander Bay, this central district is full of intriguing monuments, fascinating museums and living history in the form of Cantabrian customs and traditions. Try the “rabas” fried calamari and the paella for an insight into the local flavors.

Further your culinary study at the large and historic Mercado La Esperanza. Enter the market’s eponymous 19th-century building and chat with the friendly vendors occupying stalls serving jams and marmalades alongside all types of cheeses, meats and fish.

Stroll along the quaint alleys of this old town quarter and you’ll soon find the Jardines de Pereda. This enchanting set of gardens displays a range of sculptures and a fountain dedicated to acclaimed female author Concha Espina.

Adjoining the gardens’ eastern side is the Paseo de Pereda, a promenade with excellent views of the sea. Inspect its Monumento a los Raqueros, featuring statues of the children who were forced to work in the harbor. Walk to the western edge of the boulevard to encounter the Centro Botín, which puts on regular art exhibits and events.

Learn about the history of the region at the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria. It displays many of the artifacts excavated from digs in the caves dotted around the area. Get a sense of the religious history of Santander by visiting its churches. Examine the ecclesiastical artworks in the Parroquia Santisimo Cristo, which forms the lower half of Santander Cathedral.

A little southwest of the Magdalena Peninsula, this district incorporates the historic center and the nucleus of the city of Santander. It is a little east of the Pesquero neighborhood and overlooks Santander Bay. Arrive at the Santander railway station and explore the area on foot. You can also fly to the Santander Airport and drive north for 10 minutes to get here.

The Santander City Center showcases the historical highlights and cultural delights of the Cantabria region.


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Hostal La Mexicana
Hostal La Mexicana
2 out of 5
Calle de Juan de Herrera, 3, Santander
The price is ¥6,152 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santander Cathedral, Cantabria Maritime Museum, and Los Peligros Beach. Santander Ferry ...
4/5Very Good! (34 reviews)
Santander stopover
"La mexicana is a basic yet good quality budget hotel. Its a no frills, value for money option. It is very convenient for bus and train services and so the airport bus dropped me close to the hotel. There are shops and bars in the next street so i didn't have any problems with noise. There is a ..."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

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Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,220 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Parroquia Santisimo Cristo and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Palacio de la Magdalena. Monumento a ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (784 reviews)
"Cuartos muy grandes y vista espectacular del mar y montañas"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

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Hotel Silken Coliseum
Hotel Silken Coliseum
4 out of 5
Plaza de los Remedios, 1, Santander, Cantabria
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,432 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mercado La Esperanza and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Magdalena and Santander Ferry ...
4.4/5Excellent! (600 reviews)
"Hotel was easy to access by car and it was easy to access Santander’s central sights by foot. Onsite parking is first come, first served and when we arrived at 3:30 pm, parking was already full. There are paid lots nearby and street parking a few blocks away—free if it’s a Sunday or holiday but leave ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

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Hostel Santander
Hostel Santander
2 out of 5
Paseo de Pereda 15, 1B, Santander, Cantabria
Located in Santander City Centre, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Banco Santander and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Palacio de la Magdalena. Museum of Prehistory and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (15 reviews)
Very nice hostel in a fantastic location
"I can't fault this hostel at all, the location is excellent, facilities fantastic and it was spotlessly clean. I would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

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Apartamento Reformado en Pleno Centro
Apartamento Reformado en Pleno Centro
Santander, Cantabria
Located in Santander City Centre, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Plaza de Pombo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Magdalena and Santander ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Perfecta estancia y ubicacion
"Piso completo, moderno , muy limpio, dueño muy agrable y atento , la mejor ubicación de Santander. Muy buena relación calidad precio."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

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Apartamento Reformado en Pleno Centro
Cozy apartment in the center of Santander, renovated and with elevator.
Cozy apartment in the center of Santander, renovated and with elevator.
Santander, Cantabria
Located in Santander City Centre, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Plaza de Canadio and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Palacio de la Magdalena. Plaza de Pombo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Cooks beware
"In case you are planning to prepare elaborate meals, take note there is no conventional oven at this property. Only a microwave."

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

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Cozy apartment in the center of Santander, renovated and with elevator.
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