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Best things to do in Santander

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Restaurant
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“Great art and building designed by famous architect Renzo Piano. The cafeteria is amazing and have fantastic views.”
41 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Walk around the Palace gardens and beaches and enjoy food and drinks at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the vicinity.”
51 locals recommend
Museum
“I've heard the aquarium is spectacular and the historical part is quite interesting as well. ”
35 locals recommend
Plaza
“A square surrounded by bars where you can stumble from one bar to another into the early hours of the morning!”
40 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“El Sardinero es una de las playas más emblemáticas y mejores de Santander para pasar un día solo, con amigos o familia. El Sardinero is one of the most emblematic and best beaches in Santander if you want to spend a day on your own, with friends or family.”
24 locals recommend
Theater
“The Palace of Festivals of Cantabria, located in front of the bay of Santander, is an emblematic auditorium that has become an architectural and cultural symbol of Santander of the 21st century. Work of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, was completed in 1991. Since then it has hosted, throughout the year, an extensive cultural program of its own, attracting the most important personalities of the national and international scene. Its facilities also host important international events such as the International Festival of Santander, the International Piano Competition of Santander-Paloma O'Shea or the Music and Academy Meeting of the Reina Sofía School.”
20 locals recommend
Department Store
“Santander y limítrofes poseen varias superficies comerciales de marcas conocidas, que ofrecen servicios de hostelería y entretenimiento en general.”
9 locals recommend
College Academic Building
“beautiful place with an awsome castle and some animals as pingüins or seals”
16 locals recommend
Park
“The newly revamped 92.000 m2 gardens are now part of the Botin Cultural Centre, which is expected to have the possitive efect the Guggenheim‎ had for Bilbao. Los remozados Jardines del Centro Botín.”
20 locals recommend
Route
“Río de la Pila has the best nightlife in Santander. This street is packed with bars, and comes alive every Friday and Saturday night. Don't be afraid to stay out late! In Spain, the party lasts late into the night. ”
20 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum of Prehistory and Archeology occupies a modern exhibition space of 2.000m2 in the Market of the East of Santander, located in the center of the city, in the street Hernán Cortés 4. The exhibition aims to communicate to the visitor how the evolution of the ways of life in the Prehistory and History of Cantabria, a privileged patrimonial scenario, representative of the European Paleolithic and Prehistory. A state-of-the-art facility, equipped with abundant audiovisual and interactive media, digital posters and large-format scenographies, envelops the visitor in a museographic collection of tactile, sonorous sensations.”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Palace of Festivals of Cantabria, located in front of the bay of Santander, is an emblematic auditorium that has become an architectural and cultural symbol of Santander of the 21st century. Work of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, was completed in 1991. Since then it has hosted, throughout the year, an extensive cultural program of its own, attracting the most important personalities of the national and international scene. Its facilities also host important international events such as the International Festival of Santander, the International Piano Competition of Santander-Paloma O'Shea or the Music and Academy Meeting of the Reina Sofía School.”
17 locals recommend
Church
“--ES--Se trata de un conjunto histórico y monumental, construido entre finales del siglo XII y el XIV.--FR--C'est un complexe historique et monumental, construit entre la fin du XII siècle et le XIV.--EN--It is a historical and monumental complex, built between the end of the XII and the XIV centuries.”
11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A media hora caminando del apartamento. Baño tranquilo con vistas preciosas al puntal. Para ir en autobus es válida cualquier línea que pare en la avenida de Reina Victoria, y se accede por una bajada por escaleras hasta la cota de la playa. Si se recorre se llega a la playa de binikis bajo la penícula de la Magdalena. Paseo muy recomendable.”
11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Este siempre ha sido uno de los resturantes más ricos de Santander. En los últimos se ha popularizado mucho al abrir también en Madrid, por lo que conseguir una mesa se hace más complicado. El tipo de cocina es una fusión de la cocina tradicional, con un toque moderno. Para mí, cada plato es un acierto. Te recomiendo que pidas las Alcachofas con Rabo de toro. Este plato está fuera de carta, y siempre tienen algunas, pero siempre se les agota. Es obligado que lo puedas pedir, no te arrepentirás. Además de las alcachofas, otro plato obligado es el Corte de Queso con Trufa. También podéis pedir la Cecina, las croquetas, Steak tartar o Solomillo. Está todo súper rico :P”
15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Local sea food in this very good restaurant. It is very small and getting a table can be complicated so book well in advance!”
12 locals recommend