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Best Hotels in Santander

  • Jardin Secreto 6 rooms from $69

    Santander

    A cheerful guesthouse located in the centre of Santander. Its six comfortable rooms are all individually furnished, some featuring exposed brickwork and others wood panelling. Just a short walk from Santander's fine art gallery it is perfectly located for exploring the city. A superb value option.

    Value chic  -  Well priced, homely option in the heart of town
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed for exploring on foot
    Spa  -  Guests enjoy special rates at the Club Metropolitan Aqua-Floranes Spa.
    Local markets  -  Pick your way through the bustling street markets of Satander.
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About Santander

Santander lies on Spain’s North coast and is the capital of Cantabria. It's also where the ferry service from Portsmouth docks and as well as being ideal stopping off points, either to or from the boat, the best places to stay in Santander are ideal bases for exploring this most historic of cities.

Santander’s origins are Roman, and it owes its existence to the great harbour of the bay of Santander which became the most important port for Castille and trade with the New World.

There was a great fire in 1941 which raged for two days and destroyed the old town, but don't let that put you off there's still plenty to do and see including

  • the Cathedral of Santander,
  • the Museum of Fine Arts,
  • the Palacio (which is quite English in influence),
  • El Hotel Real (1917), t
  • he Gran Casino del Sardinero (1916),
  • the lighthouse of Cabo Mayor

There are many beautiful Belle-epoque style buldings, and there's a healthy foodie scene with loads of little tapas bars and restaurants on charming plazas and hidden down side streets. And culturally, there are various festivals from May through August which are worth a visit.

During the early twentieth century Santander became the favoured summer residence of King Alfonso XIII with his Palacio de la Magdalena, and it remains a popular beach resort to this day, with plenty of swathes of golden sand to satisy even the fussiest.

Santander is the birthplace of Seve Ballesteros, probaby Spain's most famous golfer (the airport is named after him). There is also horse racing on the Campa de la Magdalene. And for watersports enthusiasts, there are surf camps for all standards!

The best places to stay in Santander are ideal whether you're here for a few days or simply passing through. But if you're planning a visit during the peak summer months, book well ahead, it's a busy city!

Best places to stay in Santander

For a value stay in the centre of town

  • Jardin Secreto is an extremely comfortable guesthouse with a beautiful garden, in the city centre, close to the fine art gallery. It offers great value for those on a budget and has a reciprocal relationship with the Club Metropolitan Aqua-Floranes spa enabling guests to use the facilities at a reduced rate. Rooms start from just €65 per night!

Still undecided? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Santander, widen the net to include all our Cantabria recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.