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Magdalena Peninsula

Relax on the beaches at the base of the bluffs and ride the little train to observe sea lions and penguins.

Magdalena Peninsula features scenic terrain, made up of emerald bluffs, pine woodland and golden sandy beaches. Adorning this serene landscape are some of Santander’s best attractions, including three galleons, a marine zoo and a majestic palace. Snap photos of the rugged coastline and the nearby islands rising from picturesque Santander Bay. 

Admire the impressive white façade and towers of the Magdalena Palace, located at the peak of the peninsula. Built in the early 20th century, it is today among the city’s most iconic structures. Embark on a guided tour to appreciate the period décor and wonderful architectural features. 

Catch the little blue-and-white train that traverses the headland. Hop off at the Magdalena Marine Park and marvel at the sea lions, penguins and other aquatic creatures. 

Go jogging or cycling along the perimeter of the peninsula and stop to appreciate stunning views of the sea from the Punta el Higar and other lookouts. Wander through the shaded woodland and have a picnic beside a pine tree. On the southern strip of the headland is Los Peligros Beach. Bring the whole family to enjoy the shallow and calm water here. 

Saunter along the wooden deck that runs along the length of the strand, before crossing over to neighboring Bikinis Beach. Spot Torre Island and its little sister Horadada Island on the horizon. A little east of the beaches lies the Faro de la Cerda, a charming white lighthouse and its adjacent red-and-white building overlooking the sea. Other highlights on the cape include the three ships of local 20th-century mariner Vital Alsar Ramírez and the neighboring mermaid sculpture.

Magdalena Peninsula is a 69-acre (28-hectare) headland that juts out from the southeastern corner of the Santander City Center. Drive east from the Santander railway station for 3 miles (5 kilometers) to arrive here in about 20 minutes. See some of the nearby highlights, such as El Sardinero Beach, the Gran Casino de Sardinero and the Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico. 


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Gran Hotel Sardinero
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 Chiqui $65
    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.

      Gran Hotel Victoria $65
      Gran Hotel Victoria

      Gran Hotel Victoria

      Calle Maria Luisa Pelayo, 38, Santander, Cantabria
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Santander hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Magdalena Peninsula and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Hotel Silken Rio Santander $60
        Hotel Silken Rio Santander

        Hotel Silken Rio Santander

        Avenida Reina Victoria, 153, Santander, Cantabria
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Santander, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Ferry Terminal and Bay of Biscay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Santemar $65
          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).

            Eurostars Hotel Real $107
            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 Apartamentos Don Carlos $65
              Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos

              Hotel Apartamentos Don Carlos

              Calle Duque de Santo Mauro, 20, Santander, Cantabria
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Santander, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Casino del Sardinero and Palacio de la Magdalena. Bay of Biscay is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

                Hostería Santander
                Hostería Santander

                Hostería Santander

                Joaquín Costa 43, Santander
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Santander, this beach pension is 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).