Reasons why we love Santander:
- Scenery: If you are after a city break with museums & architecture, then Santander is not the place for you. But what it does have is amazing scenery. I highly recommend walking around the peninsula to Matelanas where the coastal views are amazing. On the way, there is a lovely rose garden which is worth a visit. And you can always stop off for a cool drink or a gelato on the way! It is also a hidden gem, so despite its beauty, it is not too crowded or touristy and the beaches are very clean.
- Its only a 2 hour flight from London: Who would have thought that this hidden gem with golden, sandy beaches was a mere two hours away from the grey, drizzly, concrete jungle that is London. Making it perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Ryan Air flies there from Stansted at 6:50pm on Fridays-a perfect time to start your weekend away.
- Santander is also perfect for a weekend getaway as it is a relatively small city which is very easy to navigate and get around. Buses frequently run along the main road right to the peninsulas, but you could walk to the heart of the beach from the city centre in 30 minutes, along the main road. The airport is also only 15 minutes from the city centre, allowing you to have more time at the beach rather than trekking to the airport. The Cathedral and La Boqueria markets can also be easily reached by walking down the main road.
- The FOOD! You definitely won’t go hungry here! You are spoiled for choice, with several cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and gelato places, particularly in the city centre. Seafood is excellent-sardines, langostines, mackeral, deep fried calamari, sizzling garlic prawns and Spanish seafood stew are “must tries”. There is a wide range of Spanish omelettes at most tapas bars and cafes. Spanish olives and olive oils are also delicious. This can all be washed down with a few refreshing glasses of sangria! I personally recommend La Cania near Platas de Magdelenas; they have an excellent selection of tapas dishes, including grilled mackeral and a delicious tuna stew in a spicy tomato sauce. The service is also good-with the waitress taking the time to explain the menu in English. Another one which I would recommend (which is also recommended on Trip Advisor!) is El Parc. Situated directly on the beach, make the most of alfresco dining-with a view. The menu is very reasonably priced, the service excellent and the food, amazing. They have delicious freshly squeezed juices, which are very refreshing on a hot day, as well as a broad selection of tapas, main dishes, salads and desserts. They are also open for breakfast, so why not enjoy breakfast at the beach! They are open from 8am-11pm which makes it extra convenient. With Summer being here and the days extra long, you can then walk off all the food with a nice evening stroll along the beach!
- I am guessing you are enticed by the food and gorgeous scenery and planning your trip to Santander now!