Wednesday, July 29, 2009

SPAIN - CANTABRIA: SANTANDER


Cantabria was the first stage of our trip, where we spent two days. The second one was the Basque Country, where we visited Bilbo (Bilbao) and Donostia (San Sebastián). In Cantabria we visited Santander and the lovely villages of Comillas and Santillana del Mar.

Below I would like to show you some pictures of Santander, of which I liked a lot Sardinero Beach, Magdalena Palace and its gardens


Saturday, 25th july 2009


Santander




Pereda gardens in Santander
Pereda gardens was our first stop in Santander. It's a little garden near the seafront and the Chico harbour

Puerto Chico in SantanderThis picture of fishing boats in the Puerto Chico reminds us that, originally, Santander was mainly a fishing town

Magdalena beach in Santander
Magdalena beach lead us to Magdalena peninsula, a wide park located in the north of Santander


Zoo in Magdalena peninsula in Santander

In this peninsula there is even a little zoo with seals, sea lions and penguins. Here, two seals with the Sardinero beach in the background

Magdalena palace in Santander
The Magdalena Palace is a really beautiful building and, thanks to its privileged location, the views of Cantabric sea are magnificent. Nowadays this building is Menéndez Pelayo University headquarters and it has been a summer residence of the spanish monarchy


Sardinero beach in Santander
From Magdalena Peninsula we went to Sardinero beach. As the day was lovely, the beach was really crowded. Here we ate a delicious big icecream in Regma ice-cream parlor


Casino of Santander

The casino, located next to Piquio gardens and the Sardinero beach, belongs to one of the most beautiful places of Santander


Piquio gardens in Santander
Piquio gardens, located between the two Sardinero beaches, were an ideal place to eat a wonderful Regma ice-cream before coming back


Pereda Gardens in Santander

There was town fiesta in Santander the weekend we spent there, so there were a lot of people walking, as it can be seen in this picture

City Hall of Santander
The city hall of Santander at night. I liked this building but it was a pity that there were works in front of it



Apart from the city of Santander, other beautiful villages and places you can visit in Cantabria are:

  • Comillas and Santillana del Mar
  • Laredo
  • San Vicente de la Barquera
  • Castro Urdiales
  • Cuevas de Altamira (Altamira Caves)
  • Reinosa
  • Picos de Europa National Park


Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:



- Catalonia

- Basque Country

- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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