North Road - Santander

information about santander

Santander is the capital of Cantabria and therefore the most populated city in the Community. It is located on the Camino del Norte and constitutes a metropolitan area of just over 300,000 inhabitants around the bay. It stands as one of the most important cities in northern Spain and one of the most visited.

A little history

The history of Santander dates back to the 1st century, with the appearance of Roman archaeological remains linked to the city. The first documentary records we have of the city date back to the Middle Ages, when Santander was promoted to the category of abbot’s town. Together with Laredo, Castro Urdiales and San Vicente, it was part of the 4 villages of the sea. During the following epochs of history, it will live an unprecedented development thanks to the maritime trade.

what to see and do in santander

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

It is one of the most important elements of Santander ‘s religious heritage. It was built between the 12th and 14th centuries on the site of an old monastery. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest at the beginning of the 20th century. Since 2015 it has been home to the Santander History Interpretation Centre.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption - Santander

Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria

It is a museum specialising mainly in prehistoric archaeology, but also has sections dedicated to ancient and medieval history. We must not forget that the Cantabrian-Pyrenean region is home to some of the best examples of Palaeolithic rock art in Europe.

Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology - Santander

Cabo Mayor Lighthouse Art Centre

It is a small centre-museum, located in the lighthouse of Cabo Mayor, where visitors can enjoy learning about various objects related to the sea.

Magdalena Palace and Gardens

Located on the Magdalena Peninsula, it is the most outstanding civil building in Santander and one of the most important in northern Spain. It was built with the intention of being a summer residence for King Alfonso XIII.

Magdalena Palace - Santander

Sardinero Promenade

This is the most iconic promenade in Santander. It runs along the city’s seafront and forms part of one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the city.

Paseo del Sardinero - Santander

map of santander