Santander Attractions, Spain
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.
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.
Attractions near Santander: beaches, mountains and towns
Playa de la Arnia
Check out some of the many stretches of unusual Cantabrian sand if you’re bored by Santander’s city beaches.
This gorgeous example is Playa de la Arnia, just 15 minutes drive from Santander. It offers plenty of clifftop parking if you’re ready to cough up 1 euro, but no facilities on or near the sand at all, so pack your picnic bag and prepare to pee in the sea.