Main Santander attractions are half a dozen magnificent city beaches. This one is El Sardinero Segunda.
The best time to visit Santander are the three driest, sunniest months of June, July and August, when a little rain can still be expected, high temperatures will hover between 23C – 26C and lows around 14C.
Santander has a breezy and often humid climate with neither too much heat in the summer nor too much cold in the winter. Don’t expect to see much of the sun in winter but even so low temperatures won’t go much below 6C with highs around 14C.
Santander Cathderal on the right, also known as the ‘Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Santander‘ but is almost equalled in grandeur by the local Oficina de Correos, the post office on the left.
Santander is a bit short of great ancient architecture is due to a massive two-day fire in 1941 that wiped out the city’s medieval town as well as the old Romanesque cathedral.
The cathedral is an odd place as the main steps up to it actually lead to the Iglesia del Cristo, a short, low, old church sporting some glass-covered Roman remains. Meanwhile the cathedral (originally 13thC but mostly burned in the Great Fire of ’41) is hidden around the back. Touristically-speaking, neither the old church nor newish cathedral offer any must-see features or treasures.
Buses are reasonably cheap (1. 30 euros any distance) and frequent, including night buses, but a car is useful here to permit easy exploration of the region’s magnificent attractions on superb roads, ranging from extraordinary towns, caves and Los Picos de Europa mountain group to some exquisite beaches if Santander doesn’t supply enough sand or space to meet your needs.
One of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trails runs thru the centre of Santander and is marked as such with wall and pavement signs.
Along the waters edge of Paseo Pereda is this famous sculpture of old-time raqueros, kids diving for coins.
Apparently the raqueros did more than just diving for coins, they were also paid to rescue things that fell or were blown into the water, plundered sinking or sunken boats and when times were hard turned their little hands to a little light thieving.
This stone monument dedicated to the city’s sailors is on the sea front, Ave Reina Victoria.
Gran Casino del Sardinero, with Plaza de Italia out front.
Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria located on the harbour coast roughly between Playa de los Peligros and the marina.