Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Visit Santander in Spain

I take this bridge of Ascension to write this article about the city of Santander in Spain. I had the opportunity to visit the region of Cantabria last year and the time I was missing for detailing you my stay.

Located on the Cantabrian coast north of the land of the Spain, Santander I was pleasantly surprised by its charm and its Bay ranked among the most beautiful bays of the world.

Built in 1912 the Palace was intended for the royal couple Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eurgenia. Today it serves as the palais des Congrès and is open to the public. Access is completely free, which is quite rare for a royal domain. Also, we enjoyed this visit to discover the 28 hectare park which adjoins the Magdalena Palace and houses a small zoo (seals, swans, penguins, ducks..). A trip not to be missed!

This church with its particular style Gothic has been rebuilt many times during its history but remains a magnificent book. It can be visited free of charge every day and (also free) guided tours are offered throughout the summer at 10: 00.

Located a short walk from my hotel (that I also found on this site), this building is the hub of the city. The Porticada square includes shops, cafés, restaurants and of course the Town Hall. There are also all bus lines.

For lovers of games of chance, don't miss the casino of Santander. It is located on the beach "del Sardinero" and accessible all days for adults. Personally I'm not a big fan of casinos, but I must recognize that the architecture of "Gran Casino del Sardinero" and its geographical location makes it unavoidable.

As you may realize, Santander is still unknown and is full of interesting places. We also appreciated its gastronomy and the famous Queso Picón (blue cheese from goats of the peaks of Europe). So if you have a few days of available you can go in one of the most beautiful bays of the world and at a lower cost!

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