Santander

Travel Guide
Santander showing rugged coastline, a sandy beach and general coastal views

Stroll down sweeping sandy beaches and waterfront promenades in this magnificent seaside city that has lured vacationers since the 19th century.

Santander is Cantabria’s major hub and an exciting seaside city in northern Spain. The city has broad appeal for its wide beaches, boutique shopping and vivid dining scene. Check the surf or explore the busy city harbors. The city’s historic district is a charming neighborhood with belle époque grandeur and elegant civic landmarks.

Wide beaches and a series of harbors border Santander’s northeastern area, alongside the mouth of the gorgeous Bahía de Santander. This bay area is where you’ll find the popular seaside resorts for which the city is now known. Visit the handsome beachside neighborhood of El Sardinero to see some of the city’s most exquisite heritage architecture. The waterfront has a wide promenade with a collection of beautiful buildings, including hotels, restaurants, cafés and the impressive Gran Casino del Sardinero. Stroll along the broad promenade or check out 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) of golden sands on Sardinero’s popular beach. Swim in the gentle waves or relax on the sand. Other popular beaches in the Santander municipality include Los Peligros and San Marcos.

The southern part of Santander is where you’ll find the city’s preserved historic district, where a selection of buildings survived the fire that raged through the city in 1941. Among the downtown treasures are the Cathedral of Santander and the Palacio de la Magdalena. Walk out toward the bay’s headlands to see the Cabo Mayor Lighthouse and explore the grassy coastal park. Walk along the Paseo de Pereda to find cafés with bayside views. Try delicious local seafood dishes that include the region’s specialties: clams, squid, sardines and seabream.

Learn about the region’s history at the Cantabrian Regional Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology or check out the Cantabrian Maritime Museum.

Santander is the capital of the Cantabria region. Reach the city via its airport or make use of the network of trains, buses and ferries that connect the city to other major Spanish hubs. Choose from Santander’s wide range of accommodations, from luxury resorts to charming seaside villas in the wider municipality. The city is a popular vacation spot for Spaniards, so visit outside of peak periods to avoid the crowds.

Where to stay in Santander

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 ¥8,006 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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. Primera El Sardinero ...
4/5Very Good! (287 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Hotel Silken Rio Santander
Eurostars Hotel Real
Eurostars Hotel Real
5 out of 5
Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥12,860 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Peligros Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Gran Casino del Sardinero and Camello Beach ...
4.4/5Excellent! (330 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
Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,301 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

Hotel Bahia
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Estudios Aranzazu
Estudios Aranzazu
2 out of 5
Mies del Valle, 4, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥5,651 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in the heart of Santander, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Méjico and Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital. Santander Cathedral ...
3.4/5Good! (152 reviews)
"Excellent place with most things in order. Shower head at 2 meters high in a loose fitting is not a good idea."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Estudios Aranzazu
Art Suites Santander
Art Suites Santander
2 out of 5
Calle Hernán Cortés 25 1, Plaza Pombo, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥8,948 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Monumento a La Sardinera and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Magdalena and Santander ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (40 reviews)
"Decor. Equipment. Location. Secure apartment with nearby parking"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Art Suites Santander
Apartamentos River Santander
Apartamentos River Santander
3 out of 5
Ojaiz 166, Santander, Cantabria
The price is ¥5,886 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 14
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ethnographic Museum of Cantabria, Parque del Doctor Morales, and Playa de San Juan de la Canal. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (45 reviews)
MS
"Very clean, tidy and great comfort beds"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

Apartamentos River Santander
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