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SantanderSpain

Be amazed by the charm of this beautiful city located on the shores of the Cantabrian sea, famous for its natural and cultural beauty.

Discover one of the most beautiful cities in northern Spain while enjoying an excellent holiday in Santander, the capital of the Cantabria region. It won’t be hard to find a flight + hotel package holiday to Santander and learn why this city never fails to enchant any who visit. Take in its elegant monuments and majestic façades as you explore its historical old town. Head over to the square, Plaza Porticada, one of the liveliest spots in the city, where you can enjoy all sorts of artistic performances. Continue your walk and you’ll find yourself at the superb cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, whose gothic cloister is sure to amaze you. Then take the chance to walk to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the square where the Town Hall is located, and visit the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art or the Menéndez Pelayo Library and House-Museum, home of one of the city’s great thinkers.

Find a package holiday to Santander and marvel at La Magdalena Peninsula, a huge public park that is home to a former royal residence and is today the headquarters of the Menéndez Pelayo International University: the majestic Royal Palace of La Magdalena. Choose to stroll around the area on foot or on the tourist train called “El Magdaleno”. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

Santander offers excellent sandy beaches, such as El Camello, La Concha or El Sardinero. This last beach shares its name with one of the most popular areas of the city, where apart from enjoying the beach, you can visit the Palacio de Congresos exhibition centre or the Palacio de Deportes sports arena. At nightfall, head to the Plaza de Italia viewpoint: you’ll be amazed by the sunset, with the Royal Palace of La Magdalena as a backdrop.

Of course, as a strong seafaring city, enjoy excellent cuisine, with the seafood stealing the show. Ready to get your cheap holidays to Santander? It won’t be hard, as the city enjoys excellent transport links with the rest of the Spanish mainland. What are you waiting for?

Where to stay in Santander

Banco Santander showing heritage architecture

Santander City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Travellers come to Santander City Centre for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Santander Ferry Terminal and Centro Botín while you're in town.

Santander City Centre
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
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

Top hotels in Santander

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bahia
Hotel Bahia
4 out of 5
C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
The price is £73 per night from 18 Oct to 19 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! (726 reviews)

"As we approached on our ferry and saw our hotel only a few meters away from the ferry terminal we thought we’d made an excellent decision. The hotel was much better than I had originally thought. Excellent views over the bay, great facilities and a lovely large and clean room. Close to the promenade ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Hotel Bahia
Eurostars Hotel Real
Eurostars Hotel Real
5 out of 5
Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
The price is £91 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (321 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 20 Feb 2020

Eurostars Hotel Real
Hotel City Express Santander Parayas
Hotel City Express Santander Parayas
3 out of 5
Abilio Garcia Baron, 1, Santander, Cantabria
The price is £50 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from La Marga Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Santander Ferry Terminal. Plaza Méjico and Marqués de Valdecilla ...

3.8/5Good! (203 reviews)
A safe, easy to find hotel in Santander.

"This was a good overnight stay. Being British we did miss not having a hot breakfast but the Continental breakfast was well provided."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Hotel City Express Santander Parayas

Popular places to visit in Santander

Palacio de la Magdalena
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Palacio de la Magdalena

4/5(6 reviews)

Experience the ostentatious splendor of a palatial home where members of the Spanish royal family used to take their summer vacations.

El Sardinero Beach
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El Sardinero Beach

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Explore the casino, international restaurants and many quaint cafés that adorn the charming promenade that overlooks this picturesque sandy haven.

Santander Cathedral
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Santander Cathedral

4.5/5(11 reviews)

This fortress-like building is actually two churches combined and stands on a pile of Roman ruins. Inside, see religious works of art and sacred relics.

Magdalena Peninsula
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Magdalena Peninsula

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Relax on the beaches at the base of the bluffs and ride the little train to observe sea lions and penguins.

Centro Botín
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Centro Botín

4.5/5(7 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Centro Botín, a museum with a story of its own, during your holiday in Santander. Visit the area's shops or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Banco Santander
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Banco Santander

4/5(2 reviews)

Consider the importance of this institution in the banking world while you marvel at the building’s vast hole through which vehicles pass.

Top things to do in Santander

6 Days Northern Adventure SD 2020
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6 Days Northern Adventure SD 2020

£792
Per adult
8 Days Tour North Trail through Santander
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8 Days Tour North Trail through Santander

£914
Per adult

Reviews of Santander

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

Much bigger than expected, a bustling city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Aug 2019

Beautiful sandy beaches everywhere, seafood is fantastic

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Aug 2019

Nice town, good for the beach

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Aug 2019

Beautiful city with good restaurants, bars, food, good prices, nice beaches and walks. Went to Racing football match good stadium and atmosphere. Airport very convenient for city 10 min taxi.

5/5 - Excellent

AliReza

20 Jul 2019

Santander is one of the nicest places I have visited.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jul 2019

This is now the main gateway to Cantabria, as Oviedo has lost most of its international flights.

Cities near Santander

Santander - Cantabrian Coast showing general coastal views, a sunset and rocky coastline

Camargo

Santa Cruz de Bezana

Santa Cruz de Bezana

Photo "Soto de la Marina" by jmghera (CC BY) / Cropped from original

Soto de la Marina