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Banco Santander

Consider the importance of this institution in the banking world while you marvel at the building’s vast hole through which vehicles pass.

Banco Santander is the headquarters of the multinational bank of worldwide renown. As the location of the bank’s founding, its neoclassical building is suitably majestic, featuring a large burrowed arch at its center and a rectangular pediment on its roof with a Spanish flag flying in the breeze. Pass through the central arch and gaze up at the enormous building as you consider its rich history. 

Look up at the elegant balconies that adorn the many windows spread symmetrically across the rectangular front of the building. Inspect the intricate carvings decorating the façade. These engraved artworks symbolize such themes as the arts, culture and industry. The bank headquarters opens onto the tree-lined, tiled boulevard of the Paseo de Pereda, which offers gorgeous views of Santander Bay. 

Across the road from the building, sit at a bench by the sea and snap photos of the impressive site. Think about how the building’s grandeur and architectural richness match its global status as a banking behemoth.  

Drive or take a taxi through the large hole that penetrates the building, gazing up at the sides of the arch’s interior. On the other side of the arch are the myriad plazas and quaint alleys that characterize the Santander City Center. Relax in the tapas bars and try the paella, rabas (fried calamari) and other traditional Cantabrian cuisine. 

Note that the bank’s building has been an iconic fixture of this coastal promenade since its completion in 1923. It was designed by local architect Javier González de Riancho

The Banco Santander flanks the boulevard on the northern side of the Jardines de Pereda set of gardens in the heart of the city. Ride a bus to a stop next to the building or walk northeast from the Santander railway station for 10 minutes to get here. Visit some of the nearby highlights, such as the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, the Centro Botín and Santander Cathedral.


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Hotel Bahia $84
Hotel Bahia

Hotel Bahia

C/ Cádiz, 22, Santander, Cantabria
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Santander City Centre, this hotel is steps from Parroquia Santisimo Cristo and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santander Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Eurostars Hotel Real $106
    Eurostars Hotel Real

    Eurostars Hotel Real

    Paseo Perez Galdos 28, Santander, Cantabria
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Peligros Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hotel Art Santander
      Hotel Art Santander

      Hotel Art Santander

      SANTA TERESA DE JESUS,20, Santander, SDR
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centro Botín, Santander Cathedral, and Santander Ferry Terminal. Gran Casino del Sardinero and Primera El Sardinero Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Santander Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Royal Suite Santander $46
        Royal Suite Santander

        Royal Suite Santander

        Paseo Menéndez Pelayo 63, Santander, Cantabria
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monumento a La Sardinera and Santander Ferry Terminal. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santander Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          El Balcón de la Bahía Suites $47
          El Balcón de la Bahía Suites

          El Balcón de la Bahía Suites

          Paseo Menéndez Pelayo 44, Santander, Cantabria
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Santander, this pension is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Canadio and Chico Port. Santander Cathedral and Gran Casino del Sardinero are also within 1 mi (2 km). Santander Station is 21 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Boutique Las Brisas $52
            Hotel Boutique Las Brisas

            Hotel Boutique Las Brisas

            Calle La Brana, 14, (El Sardinero), Santander, Cantabria
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the boardwalk, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Sardinero Beach, Palacio de la Magdalena, and Santander Ferry Terminal. Bay of Biscay is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

              Cabo Mayor $43
              Cabo Mayor

              Cabo Mayor

              C/ Cadiz 1, 2ª Planta, Santander, Cantabria
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Santander, this pension is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Santander Cathedral and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Bikini Beach. Palacio de la Magdalena and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santander Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                Hotel Chiqui $64
                Hotel Chiqui

                Hotel Chiqui

                Avda. Manuel García Lago 9, Santander, Cantabria
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Santander, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of El Sardinero Beach, Palacio de la Magdalena, and Bay of Biscay. Playa de los Molinucos and Parque de Matalenas are also within 10 minutes.