SANTANDER: A small, beautiful and little-known Spanish town

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A small, beautiful and little-known Spanish town


Isolated in the north of Spain with 173,000 inhabitants, Santander stretches along a vast bay. It is a very pleasant port town and seaside resort, thanks in particular to its exceptional beaches.
Santander, founded in the year 26 BC. J.-C, and titled Cité in January 9, 1755, will also satisfy travelers in search of history and mountains. Like the Altamira Cuevas, absolutely unique caves classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Author: José Daniel Terán . Source: flickr
Author : Goran Gail . Source: flickr
The Botín Center is an art center. Its building was designed by architect Renzo Piano, and inaugurated on June 23, 2017. ( Author: santiago lopez-pastor . Source: flickr )
Playa del Sardinero (Author : jroblear. Source: flickr)
When I open the window of the hotel room, I marvel at this splendid palace from the beginning of the 20th century which does not appear in any tourist guide, nor on any map … it seemed to be in perfect condition, clean , neat and tidy. But there was nobody..I looked on the internet, … Nothing ……. And I went down to reception to ask …… and this is a summary:
“In the mansion ‘El Promontorio’ in the bay of the Cantabrian capital in Queen Victoria Avenue, it is located which was the residence of the Botin family until 2006. It was built between 1915 and 1918, being the work of architect Javier González de Riancho.
……Miquel Fabre ( Photo author: Miquel Fabre . Source: flickr)
Statue of Pedro Velarde [(1779-1808) Spanish soldier, hero of the Spanish War of Independence], in Plaza Porticada de Santander. The text reads: “Santander to the glory of the hero. 1880”. ( Photo author: Alberto Grazi . Source: commons.wikimedia )
Author : puffin11k. Source: flickr

Title photo: The Royal Palace of La Magdalena is located on the Magdalena Peninsula, opposite the island of Mouro, it was built between 1909 and 1911, by popular subscription, to house the Spanish royal family; It is located where the ancient fortress of San Salvador de Hano was located. It is the work of architects Javier González Riancho and Gonzalo Bringas Vega. (Photo author: santiago lopez-pastor . Source: flickr)

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