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Santander for one night in May

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Santander for one night in May

3 of us are spending one night on Saturday in Santander (travelling from San Sebastian) before we fly out late on Sunday. Looking for a central cheap room also what is there to see and do there because of limited time we just want to see the main sights get really nice look around the shops and cafes with a nice restaurant and some bars on Saturday night.

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1. Re: Santander for one night in May

fran:

You can take the bus to the La Magdalena Peninsula and see the palace and the beautiful grounds there.

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Ok, in Santander you've got 2 options as to areas, El Sardinero beach area and the centre of town. If you want cheap, hostals (look for Pension signs), you're best in the town centre, there are some places around the Plaza de las Estaciones (where the SS bus gets in, and the airport bus goes from, there is left luggage at the bus station on the bottom floor if you need it too, lockers and office. Airport bus leaves from outside the bus station), but I'd go a little further into town to be sure of getting somewhere decent. There are places around Plaza Pombo for example (this is more or less the centre of town, and a good place for a wander, between here, Plaza Cañadio, Plaza Porticada and Plaza del Ayuntamiento). One piece of advice though, they're currently building a huge new arts centre on the waterfront, so I'd avoid staying too close to there (near the Jardines de Pereda). As for things to see, well it really depends on the weather and what you like! If the weather's good, head up to the Sardinero area, beautiful beaches (in my opinion better than San Sebastian!), great surf, lovely walks around the Magdalena peninsula, and in the other direction a longer walk (an hour or so) round the coast path to Mataleñas beach and the Cabo Mayor lighthouse and art gallery (you can get the bus one way or the other). There are easy bus connections between Santander centre and El Sardinero (timetables are easy to read), and it's only a 30 minute walk between the two areas along the seafront promenade and boardwalked beaches. Other options if it's a nice day would be to head over on the ferry boat to Somo, across the bay, another great beach, great surf, and fun atmosphere in the sunshine. You could easily do that on the Sunday morning, keep an eye on the ferry timetables though. If it's raining, then you could head to one of Santander's museums, either the Maritime Museum with its aquarium on the seafront, or the Prehistory and Archeology Museum, underneath the Mercado del Este (near Plaza Pombo), or the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum near the town hall. Details for all of these here: http://www.museosdesantander.com/

Or...you could have a great night out on the Saturday and spend Sunday recovering! For this try heading to Calle Río de la Pila, Calle del Sol, Calle Santa Lucia and Plaza Cañadio (a good place to start) in the town centre. Also, if you want concerts etc. check out the What's On section of my website closer to the time (too soon in advance to have much on there now): …wordpress.com/2013/…

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3. Re: Santander for one night in May

Could somebody help me with the area without parking problem for one night?

Thank you

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4. Re: Santander for one night in May

If you're worried about parking, stay in El Sardinero area, it is busy during sunny days with beachgoers, but at night it's easy to park as they've all gone home, lots of free parking around up there, both on the street and in car parks. Most large hotels both in El Sardinero and the centre of town will have private car parks, but beware of car parking fees at these, they can be pricey. It is difficult to park for free (or paying) on the street in the centre of Santander and I wouldn't advise even trying to be honest, if you want to stay in the centre, pay for the hotel car park.

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5. Re: Santander for one night in May

Got it - El Sardinero ;)

Thanx

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