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The Cabo Mayor Lighthouse has been watching over the entrance to Santander Bay since 1839. Although still used as a navigational aid, parts of the ash-colored cylindrical tower and attached buildings have been transformed into an arts center. Peruse artistic interpretations of the lighthouse and coastal landscape and appreciate the views from the cliff the landmark structure stands on.
Stand in front of the lighthouse to look out at the ocean from the balcony. If there are passing ships try to get close-up views through the permanently mounted binoculars.
Go into the Cabo Mayor Room in the old lighthouse keeper's house. This is the focal point of the arts center and it features paintings of the lighthouse and sea by Eduardo Sanz. He was a Santander native noted for the hyperrealism of his work. Next door is the Cabo Menor Room. It is home to lighthouse paintings by other Spanish artists. Then go to the Anular Room at the base of the lighthouse. It features a collection of objects such as jewelry, stamps, posters, and coins that have lighthouses in their designs.
After your visit explore the surrounding Cabo Mayor and Cabo Menor headlands. The area encompasses the Parque de Mataleñas and Forestral Park. This is a tree-top adventure park for all the family. It has courses that snake their way through the trees with zip lines, rope bridges and elevated walkways to get around.
Cabo Mayor Lighthouse is located in the most northeasterly point of Santander, 3 miles (5 kilometers) away from the center. Drive and use the free parking spaces outside the tower or come by public transportation. Buses stop about a 20-minute walk away. A fun and scenic way to get here is the 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) walk from the Parque de Mataleñas, a route that offers exceptional sea views. The lighthouse is open every day except Mondays and admission is free.
Located in Santander, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of El Sardinero Beach, Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay. Playa de los Molinucos and Parque de Matalenas are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Los Peligros Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated on the boardwalk, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Sardinero Beach, Palacio de la Magdalena, and Santander Ferry Terminal. Bay of Biscay is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Parroquia Santisimo Cristo and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 miles (5 km). Santander Station is 6 minutes by foot.
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 miles (5 km).
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 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Santander, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of El Sardinero Beach, Primera El Sardinero Beach and Gran Casino del Sardinero. Palacio de la Magdalena and Santander Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of El Sardinero Stadium, Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay. Santander Ferry Terminal is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.