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.
Nature lovers will find in Cantabria an impressive wealth of protected areas.
From its Latin name, Sancti Emeterii, comes the current name of Santander.
During the XVIII and XIX centuries, the city became a key trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and the American colonies.
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.
However, the capital's urban development was not to come about until the XI c.