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15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain [With Photos]

You plan to travel to Santander, Spain Soon? Read our tips below about Things to do in Santander With recommended tours!

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Santander is the capital city of the Cantabria region on the north coast of Spain. It is known for its tranquility and quiet surroundings, Diverse transportation and communication infrastructure and mild climate all year round. In this wonderful place, you will enjoy a lot of outdoor activities that are sure to make your stay in Santander even more memorable.

Now if you are ready, let’s not wait any longer and find out what we can do while in Santander.

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15 things you should do and visit in Santander, Spain

1. The first beach of El Sardinero

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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Playa Primera de El Sardinero is a very popular beach in Santander, Spain. With stunning scenery, it also has a wide, beautiful, clean sand bay. Perfect for kids or adults, for families, with your friends or even when you’re alone.

2. Royal Palace La Magdalena

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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Palacio Real de La Magdalena is located in the Magdalena Peninsula of Santander city, Cantabria, Spain. This is the house of the Spanish Royal and was built from 1909 to 1911. It has become the symbol of Santander.

3. The Cantabrian Maritime Museum

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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Museo Maritimo del Cantabrico displays a local marine heritage. It also has everything about natural history and archeology such as whale skeleton, shipbuilding and cartography. You can also enjoy an aquarium and a restaurant overlooking the bay.

4. Explore the Cantabria Museum of History and Archeology

Cantabria Museum of Prehistory and Archeology is a modern museum with artifacts from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages and interactive exhibits. It has many types of screens. You will definitely learn a lot after visiting this place.

5. Visit Santander Church

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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Santander Cathedral is located in Santander city of Spain. It was built in the 13th century. It has a Gothic structure that has been expanded and renovated in later times dating back to the 14th century.

6. Magdalena Peninsula

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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The Magdalena Peninsula is a 69-acre peninsula located near the entrance to Santander Bay in the city of Santander. It is like a large playground next to a cafe. It is covered with trees, meadows and parks with beaches or rocky coasts surrounding it. This place is sure to give you the relaxation and fun you need.

7. Cabo Mayor Park

If you love trekking through the woods, then Parque de Cabo Mayor is a must! It has a very nice view. A great place to walk around and have views of Santander. It is worth walking out to enjoy.

8. Piquio Gardens

If you get tired of walking around El Sardinero all day, then you must visit Jardines de Piquio. You will be able to feel relaxed and calm while in this garden. Especially, if you are a nature lover, this garden is really recommended.

9. El Puntal Beach

Playa de El Puntal is a long beach, ideal for walking. It’s a quiet beach with lots of activities like surfing and kite surfing. It also has good restaurants that you can absolutely enjoy. A must visit beach.

10. La Esperanza Market

Mercado de La Esperanza is the main market of Santander. In this place you will find fresh fish, meat and other market food. It was first opened in 1904, which makes this market even more special.

11. Matalenas Beach

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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A hidden gem in Santander, Spain. You can walk around, admire the scenery, go swimming or sunbathe. If you want to swim freely but don’t want to be in a crowded place, then Playa de Matalenas is the place for you. Fewer than El Sardinero but with the same picturesque setting.

12. Forestal Santander Park

An adventure park that everyone can enjoy. You can Fly through the air, slide down zip lines 220m long and 25m high, jump like Tarzan and cross exciting Tibetan bridges. This park is perfect for people of all ages.

13. Non-warm home

15 best activities to do in Santander, Spain
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An air bomb shelter or shelter is located in Santander, Spain. It was built during the Spanish Civil War. The tour will help you learn more about the war in that time, and you will experience what the people inside the bunker felt when the bombs fell. Really a fun place to visit.

14. Puerto Chico

Puerto Chico or Little Harbor was one of the city’s first harbors. Today, it has beautiful bay views and easy access to the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria. You can have a good walk here, or even shop at nearby stores.

15. Virgen del Mar’s hideout

This very simple building was built in the 17th century to honor the statue of Nuestra Senora del Mar (Virgin of the Sea). From the church you will see the clean ocean that makes this place a relaxing place to go.

These are the possible things you can do in Santander, Spain. So if you’re ready to have a fun and enjoyable ride, you know what to do and where to go! Pack your belongings and prepare for a great adventure in Santander.

How to Go to Santander, Spain from United Kingdom |

Via Ryanair: (one way)

* From London Stansted to Santander Airport

Fare: 29.37 pounds

Via Easyjet: (one way)

* From London Stansted to Bilbao Airport (103km from Santander, Spain because there is no direct flight to Santander at Easyjet)

Fare: 35.25 pounds

* Prices are subject to change.

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About the writer

Fatima Turla2Hello! I Fatima. My first big tour was in 2016 in beautiful Cebu city. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I like to learn languages ​​and cultures of other countries. My goal is to visit at least one country per year and share my experience with others through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.



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