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    Santander: A Stroll Through the Most Stately City of the Cantabrian Sea

    Santander: A Stroll Through the Most Stately City of the Cantabrian Sea
    Starts from

    Gijón

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    15

    Duration

    13 hours

    Length

    49 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Gijón

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    13 hours

    Length

    49 mi

    History and CultureUnusual LocationsFamily-FriendlyGastronomy
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    Marta Carnero

    Marta Carnero

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Discover San Vicente de la Barquera, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
    • Admire the stately buildings full of history of the city of Santander.
    • Taste typical Cantabrian sweets such as sobaos or quesadas pasiegas.
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    Few one-day routes can be more inspiring than the one that separates Gijón from Santander. On this route you can admire the beauty of San Vicente de la Barquera, discover the fascinating history of the Altamira Cave or stroll along stunning beaches such as El Sardinero. Nor will you miss palaces, museums, stately buildings or the best seafood cuisine offered by the Bay of Biscay.
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    Few one-day routes can be more inspiring than the one that separates Gijón from Santander. On this route you can admire the beauty of San Vicente de la Barquera, discover the fascinating history of the Altamira Cave or stroll along stunning beaches such as El Sardinero. Nor will you miss palaces, museums, stately buildings or the best seafood cuisine offered by the Bay of Biscay.
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    Marta Carnero

    Marta Carnero

    Travel Expert

    • Discover San Vicente de la Barquera, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
    • Admire the stately buildings full of history of the city of Santander.
    • Taste typical Cantabrian sweets such as sobaos or quesadas pasiegas.
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    15 Activities
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    Day 1

    49 mi2 mi

    A Walk Through the History, Architecture and Flavors of Santander

    Magdalena Palace, Sardinero beach, cathedral, Centro Botín... The Cantabrian capital is a box of surprises and one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine. This modern and stately city, surrounded by sea and mountains, rises around a beautiful bay that will make you fall in love with it. Check out the main places to see in Santander on this route.
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    San Vicente de la Barquera
    09:0045 min

    San Vicente de la Barquera

    City Centre
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    On the way to Santander you will stop in one of the most beautiful villages of Cantabria, San Vicente de la Barquera. There you can admire the Castle of San Vicente, built in the early twelfth century and of Cultural Interest since 2002, the Plaza Mayor del Fuero, the Provost's Tower or the Palacio de los Corro.
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    23.5 mi30 min
    Cave of Altamira
    10:1545 min

    Cave of Altamira

    Historic Site
    Open Details
    Although the Altamira cave has a very controlled access regime (only 260 people per year), it is possible to access its replica, the Neocueva, located a few meters from the original cave in the museum of the same name. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, and located 2 kilometers from the Cantabrian municipality of Santillana del Mar, its polychrome ceiling has been described as "the Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic art".
    The paintings and engravings of the cave belong to different periods (Magdalenian and Solutrense, mainly), which ensures that it was used during several periods, adding up to about 22,000 years of occupation within the Upper Paleolithic. A fascinating visit!
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    22.5 mi50 min
    Magdalena Palace
    12:001 hr

    Magdalena Palace

    Palace
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    This true icon is your first stop in Santander. Declared a historic-artistic monument in 1982, it is one of its most emblematic buildings. Built between 1909 and 1911 by architects Javier González Riancho and Gonzalo Bringas Vega, it can be visited on a guided tour that will show you the gala dining room or the royal lounge.
    These visits are subject to the celebration of events, so we recommend that you visit their official website for more information and to buy tickets. During the summer, due to the UIMP courses, they only take place on weekends, while the rest of the year they take place from Monday to Sunday.
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    0.7 mi5 min
    Balneario la Magdalena
    13:1545 min

    Balneario la Magdalena

    Restaurant
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    With the best sea views you can imagine, the Balneario de la Magdalena has a wonderful terrace on the beach of the same name. Perfect time and place for an aperitif or snack before continuing your route through Santander.
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    0.5 mi5 min
    14:055 min

    Car Park

    Parking
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    Park your car here while you take a pleasant stroll along Santander's largest beach.
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    0.2 mi5 min
    Primera Playa del Sardinero
    14:1530 min

    Primera Playa del Sardinero

    Beach
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    Located in the heart of Santander, the First Sardinero Beach boasts almost 2 kilometers of fine sands. For a long time it was a sardine fishing ground (where the freshly caught fish was processed), hence its suggestive name. Enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city while breathing the smell of the Cantabrian Sea.
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    1.9 mi10 min
    14:555 min

    Car Park

    Parking
    Open Details
    Park your car here to continue on foot this route through Santander. You will walk through its historic center and your legs will be your best ally.
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    0.1 mi5 min
    El Diocesano
    15:151 hr

    El Diocesano

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    In a privileged location, next to the bay of Santander, in its menu you will find a wide variety of dishes and portions with seafood flavor: the typical rabas, mussels, cuttlefish, squid or Cantabrian anchovies.
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    0.3 mi10 min
    Mercado del Este
    16:3015 min

    Mercado del Este

    Market
    Open Details
    Work of the architect Antonio Zabaleta and declared of Cultural Interest, it was built in 1842. In it you will find stores with as much history as Mantequerías Cántabras, opened in 1860, or a branch of the Tourist Office of Santander, in case you have any questions during your visit.
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    0.3 mi10 min
    Santander Cathedral
    17:0030 min

    Santander Cathedral

    Church
    Open Details
    The Gothic structure and apparently austere in comparison with other cathedrals, the present building is composed of two superimposed churches.
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    0.3 mi5 min
    Centro Botín
    17:451 hr

    Centro Botín

    Art Museum
    Open Details
    This spectacular art center designed by Renzo Piano is cantilevered over the sea, suspended on pillars and columns at the height of the treetops of the Jardines de Pereda, without ever touching land. Check out its extensive exhibition program to see which of its many activities suits your tastes and dates of visit.
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    0.3 mi5 min
    Plaza Porticada
    19:0010 min

    Plaza Porticada

    Plaza
    Open Details
    Created during the reconstruction of Santander after the great fire of 1941, in the basement of the Plaza Porticada lie archaeological remains of the old medieval wall and the Puerta del Mar (main maritime entrance in the Middle Ages), as well as bunkers and air raid shelters from the Civil War.
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    0.2 mi5 min
    Plaza del Ayuntamiento
    19:1510 min

    Plaza del Ayuntamiento

    Plaza
    Open Details
    A meeting point for locals and tourists, the beautiful Plaza del Ayuntamiento is one of the most photographed spots. In its surroundings you will find one of the most commercial areas of the city, with the presence of most fashion brands and accessories.
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    0.1 mi5 min
    Sobaos y Quesadas Luca
    19:3015 min

    Sobaos y Quesadas Luca

    Bakery
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    Sobaos, Quesadas and Galletas Pasiegas are some of the most traditional sweet delicacies of Cantabria. In Sobaos y Quesadas Luca they have been making these products since 1968 with the same secret recipe passed down from father to son. All their products are made daily with high quality raw materials.
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    0.4 mi10 min
    La Casa del Indiano
    20:001 hr 30 min

    La Casa del Indiano

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    Seasonal products with traditional recipes from Cantabria await you in this restaurant located inside the Mercado del Este. Warm octopus salad, peppers with anchovies and cheese, pan-fried clams, grilled cod with vegetables, turbot... The best flavors of the Bay of Biscay to regain strength before returning home.
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