Things to do in Santander

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Things to Do in Santander


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Top Attractions in Santander

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  • Lisa T
    Bedford, UK15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk and stunning views. Very pretty grounds. Loved the penguins and seals. So peaceful. The little train was fun.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • 117Beach
    Boston, MA41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting palace. The tour was concise, yet only in Spanish. There is an audio program available for mobile phones. Lots of time to look around. Unfortunately, the day we visited was foggy and rainy, so our view of the bay was limited. Taxis were allowed up to the building entrance, otherwise the small train leaves from the guard station.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • Jill H
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So clean, not a piece of rubbish seen in the five days we were there. Good facilities and Very well signed . No hawkers, no sunbed touts. Great experience
    Written June 17, 2023
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  • Lisa T
    Bedford, UK15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum. Beautifully presented in the most engaging way. Great use of tech - especiallly the VR experience. Super value.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Adrian D
    Harrow, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely lovely place with a genuine relaxed atmosphere.
    The streets and paths were spotless and people were friendly and helpful.
    Brilliant walks along the coast to the lighthouse and beyond and a boat trip is a must.
    Supermarkets are fun if you are self catering and there is coffee everywhere at a great price.
    A fabulour museum on prehistoric live and cave art. Highly recommended
    Written October 11, 2023
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  • sayers17
    Manchester, UK576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic beacon on both sides of this stop of land with stunning views and peaceful location great boat ride over from Santander well worth a trip
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Merrionman
    Dublin, Ireland86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice museum. The displays of the history of shipping were excellent. So many beautiful models of galleons and ships dating back to the 15th century. I have to say that I was disappointed that there was so little English translation of the description of these exhibits. The aquarium in the basement was very nice too.
    Written May 18, 2023
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  • Emilia L
    Abingdon, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a little gem!
    We were blown away with variety of fresh local produce.
    Never seen such a high quality fish before!
    We bought so much cheese. 💙
    Loved local Liebana honey from a very friendly lady.
    This is the location which need to be visited when you are in Santander.
    Written November 7, 2023
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  • freddiedoncaster
    Stockton-on-Tees, UK2,689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were in Santander after docking at the ferry port.
    We arrived early so decided to stretch our legs and take in some more sea air!
    A wonderful beach, very quiet and with great views!
    Written October 17, 2021
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  • massimoswitz
    Opfikon, Switzerland710 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice garden between 2 beaches 20 min from the center of Santander, where around there are many hotels, restaurants and more.
    Written October 29, 2022
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  • Simon B
    Leeds, UK100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic area full of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Beautiful Bay Area for walks or riding a bike. Great views of the ocean.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • El-Pescador007
    Vancouver Island212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful chapel in honour of the Virgin of the Sea, which is originally several centuries old. Located on a small island, access is normally done through a bridge but you can also walk through the sand at low tide. The area is better known for the beach, which is very popular during the summer. There are some trails in the area, and from the cliffs you can enjoy looking west a great view of Soto de la Marina. The area is great for enjoying a swim or tanning on the beach during the summer, and also for a nice picnic or hiking. During fall, winter and spring it is a great area for storm watching. Just be careful with the cliffs and donn't get too close to the water if the weather is rough. There is plenty of parking before the beach. Recommended.
    Written November 12, 2017
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