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Located on Spain’s rugged northern coast, Santander holidays present you with a beach break with a difference. Beyond the attractive prospect of the fine beaches of Cantabria, you’ll discover a city with a condensed historic centre, a variety of engaging museums, some beautiful churches and one of the most famous palaces in the whole of Spain.
While much of the country’s southern coast is popular with holidaying Brits and young families, the north is still relatively unfettered in comparison, thus exposing holidaymakers to a more authentic taste of Spanish coastal life. Holidays to Santander promise to be the next Spanish destination adorning the wish list of families looking for a holiday in the sun but with a little bit of culture on the side – is there a more perfect balance?
Santander holidays can take on various forms, though many visitors will naturally feel drawn to the beautiful and expansive list of beaches in the area. The city is spoilt for choice, with dozens of beaches available for locals and tourists to flock to, though among the most popular and beautiful options are Playa de Langre, Playa de el Puntal and Playa de Matalenas. If lazing on the sand and dipping into the blue sea isn’t enough for you, you can embark on some water sports in the form of sailing or sea-kayaking.
If you fancy a more comprehensive impression of Santander Bay, there are countless boat trip options available to visitors who would like to experience some of the vistas from the open water. The sea theme continues in the direction of the local cuisine, with some fantastic seafood available to those looking to indulge in the local culinary scene. One of the best places to try some fresh fish is undoubtedly around the fishing harbour district where you’ll also find many hotels.
Spending your holidays in Santander will allow you to explore one of the most charming and condensed historical centres in Spain. Within the city you’ll encounter some beautiful landmarks, including public buildings, churches and palaces. The cathedral is worth a few spaces on your camera, while the Santisimo Cristo Church is also worth a portion of your time. Edificio del Banco Santander is an iconic figure of the city’s commercial significance, while the Prehistoric and Archaeological Museum of Cantabria and the Municipal Museum of Arts will provide you with a decent cultural influx.
The city is also awash with public parks, providing you with some great places to spend an afternoon with a picnic or a good book. Jardines de Piquio is a beautiful green space with great sea views, while Jardines de Pereda, the city’s most famous park, boasts some wonderful flora.
Easily the city’s most impressive landmark, the Palacio de la Magdalena is famous as an old summer residence for the Spanish King. The King resided in the palace every summer from 1913 to 1930, and today the palace acts as a popular tourist attraction, great for children with its engaging zoo and attracting parents with its stunning façade and beautiful grounds.