Guided Tour activities in Santander
If you'd like to take a self-guided tour, or simply an informal wander, begin within the stately Plaza Porticada, which is surrounded by 64 porticoes.
Proceed down past the post office to the cathedral. Below it, amid a traffic circle, a poignant sculpture recalls the devastation of the 1941 fire. To the east spreads the lovely Jardines de Pereda, named after the Cantabrian writer José María de Pereda, whose seminal work, Escenas Montañesas, is illustrated in bronze and stone here. Opposite the park you'll see the 1950s Banco de Santander building, one of the country's major financial institutions. Going through its grand archway you enter the old quarter. Proceed…