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Santander City CentreSantander

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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Top hotels in Santander City Centre

Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
The price is £71 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (736 reviews)

"We stayed here for one night after our ferry docked in Santander. We then had an additional night’s stay when our return ferry was delayed. The hotel is exceptionally convenient for the ferry terminal. We had an excellent clean room (the same each time) overlooking the bay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Hotel Bahia
Hotel Silken Coliseum
Hotel Silken Coliseum
4 out of 5
Plaza de los Remedios, 1, Santander, Cantabria
The price is £52 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mercado La Esperanza and within 3 miles (5 km) of Palacio de la Magdalena and Santander ...

4.4/5Excellent! (586 reviews)

"Camera spaziosa e pulita, personale gentile e attento alle norme anti-covid19"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Hotel Silken Coliseum
Hostal La Mexicana
Hostal La Mexicana
2 out of 5
Calle de Juan de Herrera, 3, Santander
The price is £28 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santander Cathedral, Cantabria Maritime Museum and Santander Ferry Terminal. Gran Casino ...

4.2/5Very Good! (22 reviews)

"I like that it is in the center of the city accessibility is easy near bus station and train Restaurant and store love Santander"…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Hostal La Mexicana
Plaza Pombo B&B
Plaza Pombo B&B
2 out of 5
Hernán Cortés 25, 3, Santander, Cantabria

Located in Santander City Centre, this pension is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Canadio and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of ...

3.8/5Good! (42 reviews)

"The hotel was located in a great location, close to the waterfront and sights. We had to leave the window open for air, so it was pretty noisy during the night. The breakfast was good and the staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

Plaza Pombo B&B
Cozy Apartment in the Center of Santander, Renovated and With Elevator
Cozy Apartment in the Center of Santander, Renovated and With Elevator
21 Calle Daoiz y Velarde, Santander, Cantabria

Located in Santander City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Canadio and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena ...

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 24 May 2019

Cozy Apartment in the Center of Santander, Renovated and With Elevator
Hospedaje Botín
Hospedaje Botín
1 out of 5
Calle Isabel ll 1, 1, Santander, Cantabria

Located in Santander City Centre, this pension is within a 15-minute walk of Mercado La Esperanza and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
2 Night Stay with Late Arrival

"Well this was a cheap but functional stay at an amusing little Pension. There's no breakfast and the toilet is shared. There's a shower unit in the spacious bedroom and the beds are comfortable. The great location was met with a bit of noise on the Saturday night which wasn't ideal. The owners don't ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2016

Hospedaje Botín
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Other areas in Santander

Ensanche, Santander, Cantabria, Spain

Ensanche

Beaches, shopping and historical sites are some highlights of Ensanche. You might stop by Santander Ferry Terminal or Palacio de la Magdalena while you're in the area.

Ensanche
Tetuán, Santander, Cantabria, Spain

Tetuán

Notable for its beaches, shopping and waterfront views, Tetuán is a sought-after destination for many travellers visiting Santander. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Santander Ferry Terminal or Palacio de la Magdalena.

Tetuán
Cantabria Maritime Museum featuring marine life and interior views

San Martín

Notable for its beaches, shopping and waterfront views, San Martín is a sought-after destination for many travellers visiting Santander. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Palacio de la Magdalena or Santander Ferry Terminal.

San Martín


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