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Santander is famous for its fabulous beaches and its elegant holidaymakers: King Alfonso XIII used to spend his summers here nearly a hundred years ago, and the town is still popular among fashionable madrileños who like to be seen sauntering along the El Sardinero seafront with its belle époque architecture. When the sun goes down and the bikinis are cast off, the town also has some great restaurants and a lively bar scene. It’s also a good place from which to explore the pristine countryside of Cantabria.

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Population 182,700
Currency 1 Euro = 100 cents
Opening hours Shops open from 9.00 or 10.00 to 14.00, and from 17.00 or 17.30 to 20.00 or 20.30. Banks are open Monday to Saturday, 8.30 to 14.30.
Newspapers El País, ABC and El Mundo, Spain’s main national newspapers.
Crónica de Cantabria (www.cronicadecantabria.com) Local publication.
El Diario Montanés (www.eldiariomontanes.es) Local publication.
Emergency numbers 112
Tourist information Jardines de Pereda, 39002 Santander
Paseo de Pereda
+34 942203000/+34 942203001

From 15 September to 14 June
Monday to Saturday - From 09.00 to 19.00
Sunday - From 10.00 to 14.00

From 15 jun to 15 sep
Monday to Sunday - From 09.00 to 21.00