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Taking Spanish lessons in Santander

When in Spain, do like the Spanish do. While international visitors flock to the south of the country, Spaniards head north to Santander. And they're not wrong to do so. Once the Spanish royal family's favourite summer getaway, Cantabria's capital is becoming more and more popular with international visitors. Overlooking the Bay Biscay, this charming seaside city is well known for its golden beaches, picturesque promenades, and grand squares and boulevards. Santander vacation rentals will put you in the heart of the action.

Things to do

Learn to live like royalty in Santander

Sadly, many of Santander's most beautiful buildings were lost in a great fire in 1941. Don't worry though, there are still some pretty spectacular sights to behold. On the Magdalena Peninsula, you'll gaze in wonder at the Magdalena Palace, an incredibly grand mansion that was once the summer residence of the Spanish Royal family. In nearby El Sardinero is the opulent Gran Casino del Sardinero, while in the city center you'll find the medieval Santander Cathedral. And to the north is Parque de Cabo Mayor, which features rugged cliffs and rock formations, plus the imposing Faro de Cabo Mayor, Cantabria's oldest lighthouse.

Activities

Santander—a beach for all occasions

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Santander. In San Ramon there's the peaceful Playa de la Virgen del Mar, while in Ribamontan al Mar, you'll find the spectacular Playa de Langre sandwiched between 2 cliffs. Santander's most famous beach is Playa del Sardinero in elegant El Sardinero, which is a popular spot for swimmers, surfers, and those who just want to look good. In the city center, there are many fine museums and galleries to explore, and the Mercado del Este, an indoor market, is worth a visit if you're feeling peckish and want some tapas.

Weather

Some sunny times in northern climes

So if you're thinking typical Spanish beach weather, then think again. Santander is in the north of the country, which means it has a milder climate than most other parts of Spain. That said, it's still pretty pleasant most of the year. The summers tend to be warm and dry, and you can expect it to reach the high 70s in July and August. It's still quite nice in September, with average highs in the low 70s. It starts to get cold and wet come mid-October, so if you want a Santander vacation rental outside of the busy summer months, try early fall.

Natural features

A close escape in Dunas de Liencras Natural Park

Even though it's a city of some 180,000 people, Santander's very close to some seriously rugged landscapes. The Dunas de Liencres Natural Park, at the mouth of the Pas River, is only a 25-minute drive from the city center. The park consists of almost 500 acres of coves, beaches, dunes, and sprawling pine forests. If you book your Santander vacation rental in winter, chances are that you'll happen upon lots of migratory waterbirds, which reside in the dense forest, as well as a few other reptiles and mammals.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Santander

Fly into Santander (SDR), the closest airport, located 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Santander Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Santander?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 374 vacation rentals near Santander. From 121 Houses to 163 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santander for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santander?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santander:

  • El Sardinero: 61 vacation rentals
  • Santander City Centre: 80 vacation rentals
  • Ensanche: 69 vacation rentals
  • Cabildo de Arriba: 57 vacation rentals
  • Tetuán: 78 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santander?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santander. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santander (YJL-Santander Train Station): 658 vacation rentals
  • El Sardinero Stadium: 648 vacation rentals
  • Bikini Beach: 652 vacation rentals
  • Santander Bank Building: 658 vacation rentals
  • University of Cantabria: 649 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santander listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santander?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 121 Houses in Santander. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santander include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 163 rentals available
  • Villas: 15 rentals available
  • Cottages: 47 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santander?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 59 vacation rentals with pool available in Santander. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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