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Do & See

Club Nautico La Horadada

This centre on the Playa de la Magdalena offers a wealth of water sports for the active beach-goer, including windsurfing, surfing, sailing, water-skiing and canoeing.
Cuevas Del Monte Castillo

Cuevas Del Monte Castillo

It is worth a trip out to these magnificent caves at Puente Viesgo (24 kilometres from Santander), where stalactites and stalagmites stretch among incredible prehistoric paintings. The village itself is also pretty. Tours start at the visitor centre 1.5 kilometres above the village. Buses run to Puente Viesgo from Santander’s main bus station.
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Menéndez Pelayo Library

This impressive collection contains 41,500 volumes gifted to the town by the writer and thinker, Menéndez Pelayo.
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Museo Marítimo

With exhibits ranging from model boats to whale skeletons and sixteen aquariums, this is a superb museum covering everything nautical. Look out for the two-headed sardine!
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Paseo Marítimo

The Spanish like to stroll, and this one-kilometre boardwalk is a good place to join them. It stretches from the Estación Marítima (Ferry Station) and Puerto Chico, and features several points of interest including the Palacete de Embardadero and sculptures of the raqueros – children who used to dive naked into the sea to gather coins thrown by passers-by.
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Playa De Somo

This beach across the bay from Santander is much loved for its soft sand, incredible views and relative tranquillity. It is also known as a good spot for surfing and there is a surf school that gives lessons and rents boards (Escuela Cantabra de Surf, Calle Isla De Mouro, 12). The best way to get there is by the regular boat service run by Los Reginas on the Paseo Marítimo.
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Playa Del Sardinero

This beach is the largest and most popular in Santander. It is divided into three parts: the Playa de la Concha is the most southerly, then there is the Primera Playa, and lastly, the Segunda Playa to the north. From the Segunda Playa it is a short walk to the Cabo Mayor lighthouse, which perches on picturesque, towering cliffs. El Sardinero is a couple of kilometres from the city centre.
Santanilla Del Mar

Santanilla Del Mar

Many people are enjoying a day trip to this sensationally, pretty nearby village which is located 26 kilometres west of Santander. Santanilla Del Mar is one of the most historic towns of Spain with some interesting architectural treasures. To get there, take one of the frequent buses run by Autobuses La Cantabria. They depart from the main bus station in Santander.
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