The belle-époque elegance of El Sardinero apart, modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that's old or quaint. But Cantabria's capital makes the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander, and it's a lively place to spend a day or two, with good city beaches, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, and a few cultural attractions to leaven the mix. It's a very popular summer holiday resort for Spanish tourists.
Santander destination guides
Santander Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
There is no better way to see Santander than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Santander attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Santander Cathedral, Paseo Pereda, Cantabrian Maritime Museum, El Sardinero beach and much more.