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El Sardinero Beach

Explore the casino, international restaurants and many quaint cafés that adorn the charming promenade that overlooks this picturesque sandy haven.

El Sardinero Beach is one of the most popular and lively strands in Santander. Surrounded by scenic verdant gardens and jagged bluffs, the beach offers stunning views in all directions. Take your whole family for a swim in the calm and shallow waters of the Bay of Biscay. 

Embark on a pleasant stroll along the pedestrian boulevard that follows the back of the stretch of golden sand for its entire length. Join the joggers and skaters on this wide promenade. Notice the intricate patterns of the tiles that make up the sidewalk. 

Lay down a towel or blanket and enjoy a picnic, while listening to the soothing sound of the calm waves lapping against the sand. Clamber over the rocks of the promontories that flank both sides of the beach. Many locals like to sunbathe on the hard surface of these rocks. 

Go swimming in the water to cool down or read a book in the shade of the cliffs and trees that shelter you from the scorching afternoon sun. Relax with snacks and drinks at one of the cafés and restaurants behind this active bay.

Stay at one of the many hotels overlooking the beach. Discover the tree-laden Parque de Mataleñas at the northern end of the strand and stroll along the winding paths of the Parque de Mesones and the Jardines de Piquio farther south.  

El Sardinero Beach is between the Magdalena Peninsula and the Cabo Menor headland on the eastern flank of the city. Drive northeast from the old quarter and harbor area for 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) to get here in about 10 minutes. Leave your car in the large parking lot at the back of the beach. See nearby sights, such as the Gran Casino del Sardinero, the Campo Municipal de Golf Mataleñas and the Palacio de la Magdalena. 


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Eurostars Hotel Real $105
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 Chiqui $63
    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.

      Hotel Boutique Las Brisas $45
      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.

        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.

          Gran Hotel Sardinero $86
          Gran Hotel Sardinero

          Gran Hotel Sardinero

          Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Santander hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Primera El Sardinero Beach and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Hotel Santemar $53
            Hotel Santemar

            Hotel Santemar

            C/ Joaquin Costa, 28, Santander, Cantabria
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Santander hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Bay of Biscay and Santander Ferry Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Apartamentos Las Brisas $47
              Apartamentos Las Brisas

              Apartamentos Las Brisas

              AVDA. FERNÁNDEZ CASTAÑEDA 17, (El Sardinero), Santander, Cantabria
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Santander, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of El Sardinero Beach, Primera El Sardinero Beach, and Gran Casino del Sardinero. Palacio de la Magdalena and Santander Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Royal Suite Santander $43
                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.