Santander is the capital of Spain’s Cantabria
region and is located at the mouth of the Bay of Santander on the rocky La Magdalena
Peninsula. It is a seaside city that’s considered to
be one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in northern Spain and offers a whole host
of attractions for visitors, from museums to art centres and stunning beaches. Before we get into the top 10 things to do
in Santander, we’ve included links in the description to various discount codes and
links to resources of things to do, so make sure you check those out. 10) At number 10 is the Palace of La Magdalena The Palace of La Magdalena is situated on
the vast Magdelana Peninsula, on the edge of the city, and has become a symbol of Santander. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is one of
the best examples of this style of architecture in northern Spain. The palace was used as a summer residence
for the Spanish royal family between 1913 and 1930, and today is open for visitors and
grand events. 9) Number 9 is the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Santander With 9 bus stops throughout Santander, covering
all major tourist attractions, the Hop-on Hop-off Bus is a great way to explore the
city. The scenic route has been specially chosen
to give a comprehensive introduction to Santander’s rich history and dazzling culture. With audio guides and unbeatable panoramic
views, visitors can get to know the ins and outs of this fantastic city. 8) At number 8 is the Museum Centro Botín The Centro Botín is Santander’s newest
arts centre, housed in a futuristic-looking spaceship-like building. The centre specialises in contemporary arts,
and its exhibits comprise everything from video and photography, to painting and sculpture. You can see works here by international artists
and discover a collection of modern art masterpieces. Visitors can see stunning works by masters
like Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Juan Gris and more in the museum’s permanent collection. 7) Number 7 is Santander Cathedral One of the most impressive buildings in the
city is the Santander Cathedral, which simply can’t be missed. It was originally built in the 13th century,
although the upper part of the cathedral dates from the 14th century, and the cloisters were
built later. Inside, you can find the tomb of the writer,
literary critic and historian Menéndez Pelayo. 6) At number 6 is the Maritime Museum of Cantabria Santander has a strong relationship with the
sea and an important maritime heritage. One of the best places to learn about this
is the Maritime Museum of Cantabria, located next to Los Peligros Beach. This venue offers a fascinating look at different
areas of the underwater and maritime world. With over 3,000 square metres, it aims to
show the relationship between man and the maritime world throughout history. 5) Number 5 are the Gardens of Pereda The beautiful Gardens of Pereda are named
after the 19th-century Cantabrian writer José María de Pereda, and sit alongside the seafront
promenade. The space boasts specimens of magnolia, holly,
palm tree, cedar, horse chestnut, pine trees, apple blossom and many more. Filled with walkways, palms and pavilions,
they make a perfect place for a relaxing stroll. 4) At number 4 is Santander’s Planetarium Visitors can discover the fascinating world
of astronomy at Santander’s Planetarium. The impressive building is found at the Santander
Nautic University and exhibits about galaxies, solar systems, and constellations offer interesting
scientific insights about everything that’s seen in the night sky and beyond. 3) Number 3 is La Magdalena Peninsula Located on the edge of the Bay of Santander,
La Magdalena Peninsula offers a range of experiences. There is plenty to do in this 69-acre park. Enjoy the sea and wildlife in the Marine Park
with its small zoo, or marvel over the three beautifully intact and fascinating galleons
sailed by Spanish mariner Vital Alsar Ramírez. There are also two beaches to enjoy, as well
as a lighthouse on site. 2) At number 2 is the Museum of Prehistory
and Archaeology Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria
is located in the centre of the city, close to the Bay of Santander. The museum has a collection of 1,200 artefacts
and remains, discovered in archaeological excavations in Cantatria, including stone
and bone objects collected from various caves and sites in the region. An exhibit of Roman art and funerary objects
is also on display. 1) And at number 1 is Cabárceno Nature Park Cabárceno Nature Park is no ordinary zoo,
it is a man-made nature area, created from the primitive beauty of the landscape. Located in the green hills 20 minutes south
of Santander it is home to around a hundred animal species, living in semi-freedom in
large enclosures. Covering more than 1,900 acres in a beautiful
environment of meadows and hardwood forest, visitors can see wild boars and Cantabrian
brown bears, and then lions, cheetahs, elephants and gorillas. So that sums up our top 10 things to do in
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