Santander, Cantabria – one of my favorite places in Spain
It’s been a while.
I’m recently back in Barcelona, after a week or so in Santander, and I’ve got a new video to share.
Santander – and the Cantabria region – are some of my favorite places in Spain. Check out the landscapes in the video to see why.
I also teach some Spanish geography vocab in there. You know, acantilados and all that. If you want more, check out my Learn Spanish with Daniel channel over on YouTube.
More about Santander, Cantabria
Santander is a port city in the Cantabria region, in the north of Spain. Many people only know it as the name of the bank which was founded there.
A lot of Spanish coastal cities have beaches nearby, but not all have the beach an easy walk from the center.
Santander, though, has several beautiful beaches just a few minutes from downtown. Playa del Sardinero, Playa del Camello and Playa de la Magdalena are all worth a visit.
If you want, you can also cross the bay to Playa del Puntal (there’s a boat that goes to Somo, a little town on the other side) which is enormous and much less busy.
Some typical foods from the area are rabas (fried pieces of squid), chipirones (small squid, usually grilled with onions and peppers), and – interestingly – Spanish omelette stuffed with ham and cheese, shrimp, baby eels or other delicious things.
It’s also a good place to have pinchos.
They’re not quite as elaborate as Basque Country pintxos, but they’re abundant and cheap.
You can also try cocido montañés, which is similar to fabada.
The region of Cantabria is small, and known for its rolling green hills and beautiful beaches, there are several other places worth visiting around Santander: Sanitllana del Mar and Laredo spring to mind. Or you can go a little further and check out Bilbao in the Basque country – it’s about an hour and a half by bus.
Also nearby is the Cave of Altamira, site of some ancient cave paintings.
The center of Santander is busy and full of shops, and there are plenty of nightlife options if you’re into that sort of thing.
The only real negative: the weather’s not incredible. It frequently rains and is often cloudy, but doesn’t get particularly hot in summer or cold in winter.
Anyway, if you have a chance to go, you definitely should.
Daniel AKA Mr Chorizo.
P.S. First time here? I’ve got more articles about Spain that you can check out. And they’re not all as boring as this one! (This is just an update of a VERY old article that kinda sucked. I just wanted an excuse to embed the video somewhere.)