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Monumento a Los Raqueros

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Address: Paseo Pereda, 39004 Santander, Spain
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Very realistic

Came across them when taking a stroll alongside the sea. They look quite realistic and are to scale and you can imagine boys diving into the sea for the coins thrown in for them.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2017
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Came across them when taking a stroll alongside the sea. They look quite realistic and are to scale and you can imagine boys diving into the sea for the coins thrown in for them.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We almost missed the Monumento a Los Raqueros, as we walked down towards the town from the beaches, but the sun caught on polished bronze and we were lucky. The group of young boys is so skilfully depicted, larking about by the water side, and you can only see the diver, when you see his bottom (polished by people no... More 

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Thank Sue J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

A joyous group celebrating Santander's history. A group of small divers waiting to dive for coins, an activity that took place some years ago when passenger ships called.

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Thank John N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

They attract a lot of attention, from the moment we saw them we knew that we wanted to know more about them.

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Snohomish, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It's a statue. We walked by it and said, that's interesting, and then we continued on our way. Not something to go out of your way for.

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

These statues are very easy to find near the port in Santander and are worth finding. They are very lifelike and you almost expect them to come alive.

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Thank plantsman_10
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Before we set off to Sardiniera we had a stroll down the quay in Central Santander. We found the statues that make up the Raqueros. Pleasant site on the quay and worth a stroll in the sun.

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Thank Gary S
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

There is a plaque alongside these statues which unfortunately does not have any translation which is a shame as it would of made more sense when I visited .

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Thank Robert H
Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

"Raquero" was the name given to the poor children in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, that frequently visited the area of the port of Santander to make a living by - among others - jumping into the water to catch the coins that were thrown there for fun by the ships crews or docks workers. Figures of four... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We walked to the beach taking in the sculptures the are very well photographed, then you pass the marina , its worth the walk and lots of bars to take a rest

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