Situated halfway between the sea and the mountains, Santander has a particular mixture of ingredients in its gastronomy.From the sea come the characteristic rabas (fried squid), bocartes rebozados (breaded whitebait), and fresh shellfish.Santander is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea.Its historic quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains.However, the capital's urban development was not to come about until the XI c.when the town began to grow around the San Emeterio abbey.Your visit has to continue through the Fine Arts Museum and the Menéndez Pelayo Stately Home, a building which has been declared an Historic-Artistic Site.
The cultural wealth of the Cantabrian capital is enriched with the passage of the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela and the neighbouring Altamira Caves, both of which have been declared World Heritage.
The residence, which is English in style, has excellent stables and is surrounded by extensive gardens and wooded areas.
This privileged area for relaxation becomes during the summer months the nerve centre for the famous summer courses of the International Menéndez Pelayo University, a forum which brings together both students and the most outstanding figures in the most varied fields of knowledge.
The nearby Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the capital, its earliest construction dating from the XIII c.
Inside you can see the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a work by the sculptor Victorio Macho.
In the part of Santander where there is most tourism is El Sardinero.