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Santander - around the old town

We had only two and a half days to enjoy Cantabria. Cantabria in one of the northern provinces in Spain. If you like beautiful green scenery, this is one of the places to go, all along with Galicia, Asturias and Basque Country. Since it was our first trip to Cantabria, our plans were too ambitious. We wanted to visit the capital , Santander, and hit some other beautiful spots in the region. Eventually, and mostly due to bad weather and lack of time, we ended up staying all 2 days in Santander and visited just one of the villages in our list on the way back to Madrid.

Santander turned out to be a nice city to walk around, despite the rain, with a large selection of bars in the old town and quite a few things to see.

El Sardinero
It's a big town so you will be doing some walking, but if you don't feel like it, there are many buses connecting the two main areas: the old town and El Sardinero.

We walked the old town (Plaza Porticada, the market, Plaza de Pombo...) and then took the street by the coast up to La Magdalena, a little hilly peninsula crowned by a Palace. You'll have great views from here. If you don't feel like walking up to the palace, there is one of those tourist trains that will take you up the hill. We didn't take it. Actually, the walk up to the palace is really pleasant. In summer the whole city gets really crowded, so I can imagine it loses some of its charm...

After La Magdalena, we kept on walking along the coast, getting to El Sardinero, a beautiful beach, 2 km long, which gives its name to the football stadium of the local team. Here you'll find lots of restaurants and bars too. We had a delicious typical lunch in one of them with a nice bottle of wine.

In the afternoon, we enjoyed a nice walk along El Sardinero beach, had some coffee, and headed back to the hostel by bus when heavy rain started hitting.

The next day we wanted to drive around and visit a few beautiful villages in the area, but it was really pouring down and I didn't feel like driving like that, so we took it really easy walking around the old city. To sum it up... coffee, walk, wine, walk, tapas, walk, more coffe, walk back to the hotel.

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Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander - around the old town
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
Santander
Santander
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
View from La Magdalena
View from La Magdalena
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
Santander
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
El Sardinero
Santander
Santander
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
La Magdalena
View from La Magdalena
View from La Magdalena
Around El Sardinero
Around El Sardinero
Santander
photo by: viajeroh