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Santander Mid-May 2014

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Santander Mid-May 2014

Flights booked to visit Santander mid-May this year. Last minute decision. We both enjoy good bars and restaurants. While I appreciate the city is not overly large are we best advised to choose a hotel in the centre or one of the many beachside hotels. I am thinking the beach area would still be quiet at that time of year. Any info and hotel recommendations appreciated. Cheers.

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1. Re: Santander Mid-May 2014

killiepie:

I would stay in the center of town. This past winter there were very large waves that hit the Sardinero beach area and they may not have fixed the beach or the buildings by the beach yet.

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2. Re: Santander Mid-May 2014

I believe repair work has been started and is due to be finished soon.

The local Destination Expert is presently on vacation for Easter. They will have up to date information on this. Hopefully you can wait a few days.

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3. Re: Santander Mid-May 2014

Argh!! El Sardinero is absolutely fine!! The seafront was damaged in a few places in the recent storms, but there's been a massive clean up for Semana Santa, and everything is back to normal (really it was only a couple of restaurants and a bit of the promenade which were damaged, which always happens anyway!). So please don't let that influence your decision in any way whatsoever!!

So, back to reality...Santander...

Well, the first thing is that the difference between staying in the two areas in terms of the location is really insignificant as there are such good local bus links between the two on the TUS urban buses (it takes about 5-10 minutes). Buses are regular, easy to use and understand and run late and early. Plus, it's only a 30 minutes beautiful walk along the beaches/seafront between the two areas too.

El Sardinero is the beach area, more upmarket, nice hotels, seafront restaurants, lovely walks along the seafront (walk around the Magdalena peninsula for beautiful views and great picnicing, or try the longer but equally as easy coastal path from the Hotel Chiqui round the headlands up to the Cabo Mayor lighthouse/gallery/cafe, passing the golf course (great place for a drink too), Mataleñas beach, and the lovely park). In terms of entertainment, whilst there's only 1 real club up there (BNS - on the beach), there are some nice bars. And for live music, there's an excellent venue in the Parque de Las Llamas (huge long park good for a walk/skate/cycle), behind the Palacio de Deportes, called Escenario Santander http://www.escenariosdr.es/ (check out their events calendar even if you don't speak Spanish), they have great live music, markets and more. There's also sometimes markets in the Palacio de Exposiciones, next to the Racing statium (which also sometimes has stuff going on on the car park).

And as for Santander centre, well firstly I'd avoid staying right on the seafront at the moment, as they're currently in the final phases of constructing the new Centro Botín arts centre right next to the ferry port, so lots of building going on there. That'll only be a nuisance if you're right on the seafront. Further in there are many nice hotels, both little and larger, and you'll find loads of great shopping, pedestrianised streets, restaurants, tapas bars and the lovely seafront. Good day and night life around Plaza Cañadio, and Plaza Pombo is a good central point to wander around off. There're good bars around Rio de la Pila, Calle Santa Lucia, and always loads going on in and around Calle del Sol (good jazz, alternative, nice eats and good vibe), and some good food places along Hernán Cortés too. There're loads of live music venues in town, try Sala Black Bird (Calle Vista Alegre 13), and bars along the beforementioned streets.

Check out all the events and what's going on before you go (best to check back the few days before you go) here: …wordpress.com/2013/…

And check out the general blog for photos and other ideas here: www.ratoncantabria.wordpress.com

Also, a post on here which might interest you, day trips by public transport from Santander: tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i25629-Day_Tr…

And Casa I'm back! Great trip, will trip report on your forum this week!

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4. Re: Santander Mid-May 2014

Thank you all, especially Raton, for taking the time to reply. Cheers.

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