Explore Santander from the comfort of the top deck of an open top bus
Rolling hills, towering cliffs, diverse beaches….. Santander has now evolved into one of Spain’s most popular resorts for wealthy or noble Madrilenos (people from Madrid). Damaged by a fire in 1941, parts of the City have been re-built retaining the original architectural style. The reconstructed area houses Santander’s most popular Gothic Cathedral. Take a City Sightseeing bus tour of the city and hop off at conveniently located stops along the route to make the most of your experience. Let City Sightseeing highlight all of the attractions along the route so that you can hop on and off at your leisure. Hop off at the Paseo Pereda which echoes the character of the old city having escaped the fire of 1941. The area has been declared a Historic Artist site and used to be home to commercial docks, warehouses and traders.
A Santander bus tour is the most convenient and fun way to get around
Hop off at the Museo Maritimo and experience a historical journey through the Spanish Sea where you can take a profound look at different areas of the underwater and maritime world. The museum was built as a tribute to the region and its waters and offers an insight into the world of fisheries, marine biology and life at sea. Discover the stars at the city Planetario. Immerse yourself in a display of suns, moons, planets, galaxies and satellites underneath the dome-shaped screen. Nearby is the Palacio de Festivales with its comprehensive programme of plays, films and workshops. Home to the arts; enjoy music, plays and dance at this magnificent venue. Hop off at The Palacio de la Magdalena, a beautiful early 20th century palace which sits on the shoreline. The palace was originally built as the summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family until 1931. The grounds of this magnificent building offer picturesque walks, a museum, beach, playground and a small zoo.
Let City Sightseeing highlight all the things to do and see in Santander
Hop off and visit the Parque de Matalenas, surrounded by cliffs between Mataleñas beach and the beaches of El Sardinero. Enjoy fabulous views over the city, a round on the golf course or relax by the lake. Covering 230000 square meters, it is one of Santander’s largest and loveliest municipal parks Try your luck at Black Jack, Poker or on the fruit machines at the Gran Casino, which was one of the first buildings to be constructed near Santander’s beaches in El Sardinero. The casino was closed during Franco’s dictatorship but in 1978 following Franco’s death the Casino was completely overhauled and reopened. To experience the city’s vibrant nightlife, head down to the Cañadío area (downtown) where tourists and locals alike traverse from bar to bar until the early hours.
Stop – Rotonda Hotel Bahia
55 – 60 mins all season
1 July – 30 September 2015
Pre-recorded Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Russian Japanese