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Day Trips by Public Transport from Santander

25 Jul 2011  Cantabria lover
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Some ideas for day or half day trips by public transport from Santander. For information on how to travel, see the Getting Around sections in the Travel Guides.

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Santillana del Mar

    Santillana del Mar is often said to be one of the most beautiful villages in the north of Spain, and is a must see on any trip to Cantabria or the north. Beautifully preserved with wonderful architecture, coats of arms, and streets and plazas, and the closest place to the world famous UNESCO Altamira caves.
    Accessible by bus from Santander and Torrelavega.

  • 2. Comillas

    Comillas is a lovely town a lot going for it. It has a lovely beach with beachside restaurants, an interesting old town centre and plazas, and many interesting buildings and architecture, including Gaudi's famous El Capricho, the wonderful Palacio de Sobrellano, the famous Universidad Pontificia, and the cemetery.
    Accessible by bus from Santander and Torrelavega.

  • 3. San Vicente de la Barquera

    With its beautiful long beaches, charming old town with castle and huge church, wonderful seafood restaurants and stunning views of the Picos de Europa mountains from many points, including the beach, San Vicente de la Barquera is a lovely place to spend the day, and is a popular base for this area.
    With public transport links by bus to Potes, Santander, Torrelavega, Oviedo and other towns in Asturias and Cantabria.

  • 4. Somo

    Just a short boat trip across the bay from Santander, this touristy seaside resort town is very popular for sunbathing and surfing. It is a lovely place to spend a sunny day or afternoon, with a huge long beach to walk along, or around to the neighbouring village of Loredo. There are several surf schools here too, and some nice restaurants.
    Accessible by boat, Los Reginas, from Santander.

  • 5. Puente Viesgo

    Puente Viesgo is a lovely small town on the river Pas, with lots of interesting things to see and do. It is home to two fantastic caves, El Castillo and Las Monedas, with some of the best cave art in Cantabria (a short 5 minutes walk from the centre), a lovely river walk and river swimming along the popular cycle track, some lovely restaurants and bars and a very popular and well known spa.
    Accessible by bus from Santander.

  • 6. Lierganes

    Lierganes is another lovely town east of Santander, with wonderful example of old stone buildings and architecture, some good town walks, and pretty river. With weekly Sunday market it makes a good day trip for a Sunday, and there is also a spa in the town.
    Accessible from Santander by FEVE train.

  • 7. Santoña

    Santoña, a town famous for its anchovies and seafood, is a great place to spend a day. With the long Berria beach a short walk from the town centre, great for sunbathing and surfing, and a short boat journey giving access to Laredo beach in summer, as well as the impressive headland of Monte Buciero with its great network of walks and lighthouses, Santoña is a popular holiday destination.
    Accessible by bus from Santander.

  • 8. Castro Urdiales

    Castro Urdiales, right on the border with the Basque Country, is Cantabria's second biggest city, being as it is so close to Bilbao. It has several good beaches, an impressive gothic church, pretty port area and some fantastic seafood tapas bars along the port front.
    Accessible by bus from Santander.

  • 9. Calzada Romana

    For a different kind of day trip, this is a wonderful walk along an extremely well preserved 5km section of Roman road, the Calzada de los Blendios. Marked as the GR 73 (red and white marks) it goes uphill from Barcena Pie de Concha, and ends at Somaconcha, from where there is a short walk down the road to Pesquera. From here it is possible to walk back to Barcena along the Camino Real (details also on the town hall website above) or take the train/bus back.
    Both Barcena Pie de Concha and Pesquera are accessible by RENFE train (Cercanias) from Santander or by bus.

  • 10. Potes

    Although a day, or afternoon if by bus, does not do justice to Potes, it is possible to do, giving you time to walk around the pretty town centre and have something to eat, but little more. If it were to be done as an overnight stop, there would be time for a walk in the mountains and trip up to the Fuente De cables car, or the Monasterio de Santo Toribio.
    Accessible by bus from Santander.

  • 11. Bilbao

    Only an hour's drive from Santander, and similar on the bus, with frequent services, Bilbao is an easy day trip from Santander. Visit the Guggenheim, try some delicious pinxos in the old town, and wander along the river. It is perfectly doable in a day if that's all you have.

  • 12. Madrid!

    Although at first this may sound ridiculous, it is also perfectly possible to do a day trip to Madrid from Santander, due to the low cost airline Ryanair have two daily flights to and from Madrid, one early in the morning and one at night. Admittedly, a day is not enough to see Madrid by any means, but with a specific agenda, especially for the return traveller, it is a possibility.