Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Its marine and commercial tradition is linked to a century old history of tourism, which has its main attractions in the famous El Sardinero beach, the promenade and the La Magdalena peninsula. The cultural wealth of the Cantabrian capital is enriched with the passage of the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela and the neighbouring Altamira Caves, both of which have been declared World Heritage.
Added to the image of mansions and bourgeois buildings overlooking the bay is that of other buildings of a cultural nature and beautiful beaches. Opposite this famous beach you can enjoy one of the most beautiful promenades in Spain, with magnificent buildings. This privileged area for relaxation becomes, during the summer months, the nerve centre for the famous summer courses of the International Menéndez Pelayo University, a forum which brings together both students and the most outstanding figures in the most varied fields of knowledge.
Situated halfway between the sea and the mountains, Santander has a particular mixture of ingredients in its gastronomy. From the sea and also the interior provides excellent beef and a dish which is emblematic of the entire región.
Nature lovers will find in Cantabria an impressive wealth of protected areas: Picos de Europa National Park and Natural Park of Oyambre. Also near the capital, you can enjoy the Cabárceno Nature Park, the traditional northern route of the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela and Santillana del Mar, declared a national monument. And a few kilometres from this town are the Altamira Caves, which have been declared World Heritage Sites. Considered the “Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic Art”
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