Santander Travel Guide


Santander is a beautiful city in the North of Spain. Visiting northern areas in Spain is slightly uncommon to foreign visitors, because most of them are unaware, that the area has amazing landscapes and mesmerising beaches. These areas are preserved by friendly locals, who make the tour enjoyable. Thus, choosing to tour Santander will serve you more than you expect.

It is the prime city located in the Spanish region of Cantabria. There are over 185,000 inhabitants and the middle-large city spreads by the bay. There are numerous beaches and harbours, which limit the city area, but you also get to witness the old city centre and mountainous landscapes apart from the waters. Tourists who come to this region gets a bit of blues and greens, since the amalgamation of seas and mountains brew in quite an exclusive experience.

Santander has been derived from its Latin name Sancti Emeterii.  The origin of the city is related to Portus Victoriae which was founded by the Romans. Although, the urban development of the area came after the 12th century, and the city began growing around San Emeterio Abbey.  During the 18th and 19th century, the city had become an important trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and American colonies.  In the middle of the 19th century, the city of Santander became a famous tourist’s destination for Spanish politicians, aristocrats and higher classed people.  It was treated like a resort which was accompanied by lovely palaces and promenades.  They have a bay-type architecture which includes white buildings, cafes and casinos, and these are a few reasons why people like to travel to this area till today.

If you are touring throughout Spain, Santander should be one of the cities on your list.  For Spanish residents, this city is one of the best tourism destinations, as they know the real appeal it provides. It happens to have numerous holiday resorts, which is also an important occupation for hospitality. Apart from that, the city is becoming important for congresses and conferences.

The entire area of Cantabria has a lot of opportunities for excursions throughout the natural landscapes, beautiful mountains, sky resorts, prehistoric sites, cute villages and some world heritage sites.  The marine and commercial tradition syncs centuries of history with lovely beaches like El Sardinero beach and promenades like La Magdalena peninsula.  Cantabrian capital bestows the cultural wealth from Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela, along with neighbouring Altamira Caves.  Other places near the city and in the Cantabria region that attracts tourists would include the park of Cabarceno, Comillas with its University, village of Santillana del Mar and few more beaches.