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A substantial city and the capital of the Cantabria region, Santander benefits from a dramatic location fringing a long bay. Santander offers travelers all the stores, restaurants and amenities of a major metropolis along with the elegant beach of Sardinero, lined with belle-epoque buildings. Santander is still a working fishing port and visitors will enjoy exploring the excellent seafood restaurants and atmospheric bars after a day of shopping and sunbathing. Choosing Santander hotels at Venere ensures guests can find a place to stay conveniently sited for their preferred attractions, with maps on the website pinpointing the distances to the sights and transport hubs.
What's Santander Like?
As the ferry terminal for connections across the Bay of Biscay, Santander is the first port of call for many visitors. First impressions are of a bustling modern place, with much of the city rebuilt after a huge fire in 1941. Most visitors head to the east of the city to the graceful Magdalena quarter, overlooked by the 19th century Palacio De La Magdalena with its elegant park and small zoo. The cliff-shaded Playa de la Magdalena has a windsurfing school in summer, while the Playa El Sardinero is the beach where everybody in Santander meets up at weekends for a stroll, a little bronzing and lunch. Santander has a lively cultural scene and an impressive modern art museum on calle de Rubio. The prehistory and archaeological museum on calle de Bailen showcases some of the significant finds made along the Cantabrian coast. Santander provides pleasant average temperatures all year round, and provides a slightly cooler climate than hotter southern Spanish resorts.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Santander
Spanish beach culture isn't all about soaking up the rays. Imitate the locals by investing in a couple of wooden bats and a rubber ball and playing endless games of beach tennis where the aim is to keep the ball airborne as long as possible. Sunday lunch time is when the locals eat fish or shellfish and rice dishes. Most restaurants offer their own versions and Santander families gather in large groups to eat together. Online accommodation specialist Venere offers a wealth of Santander hotels to choose from. Identifying the perfect Santander place to stay is made easy by the our site's use of certified reviews from travelers alongside extensive use of photos and sample room details. Venere ensures you can find the best value Santander rooms to suit any budget or requirements. The diverse range of Santander hotels featured at Venere helps visitors identify the perfect choice for their stay in this vibrant coastal city.