Santander is a port city in the North of Spain, sitting at the mouth of Santander Bay. Known for its beaches, parks and iconic coastal palace, this city flawlessly combines Spanish heritage with the modern world today.

The Palace of La Magdalena is the most iconic building in Santander. It is situated at the highest point of the Peninsula bearing the same name. It was constructed between 1908 and 1912 and was used as a summer house for the royal family. Visitors can experience guided tours of the palace, but only during the summer months, at the weekends.

The Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria conserves all the artefacts and remains recovered by archaeological excavations in the region. It is divided into two parts: Prehistoric and History. The Prehistoric section shows the evolution of stone tools, detailing how material culture and technical process has changed. The History section show the changes throughout time, particularly throughout the Roman Age and the Middle Ages.

The beaches of Santander are still one of the most popular reasons for visiting the city. Popular with families and couples alike. These golden sands offer the perfect location to swim, relax and take in some water sports.

The Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico del explains all about Cantabria’s long seafaring history. This museum and aquarium not only teaches you about the local marine life, it teaches you about the history of the trawlers and ships which worked there.

The beautiful Magdalena Park is the perfect place to let your little ones go exploring. You’ll find a large kids’ playground, a zoo and a museum housing full-size replicas of Christopher Columbus’ three caravels. Every August the park hosts the Santander Music Festival which a three day event which features, Pop, Rock and Indie groups and artists.

Travelling to Santander by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Santander is Santander Ferry Terminal.

The other ferry terminal of Bilbao is situated 92km (58 miles) from Santander which is approximately 1 hour 5 minute drive. Where ever you live in the world, driving to Santander should be easy with ferries arriving into Spain from England and the Republic of Ireland.