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  • Bay of Santander

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    Located in the Cantabria region of Spain, the city of Santander (Part of the Camino Del Norte/Northern Way) is a beautiful place to visit with its 11 urban beaches and popular, historical quarter. Situated in the middle of the Camino del Norte, over the years, Santander has received a growing number of visitors. This has led to a great increase in urban development by way of new hotels, cafes, railways, and streetcars. The city is a great destination to visit at any time of year due to its coastal climate.  Although, Spanish visitors mostly come during the summer months for the warmest temperatures.

    Brief History of the bay of Santander

    During Roman times, Santander was known as Portus Victoriae Luliobrigensium. It was one of the Romans port settlements. The current name comes from a martyr named St. Emeterio, a former lord of the town. In 1940, a fire devastated the historical quarter of the city. This was followed by a period of reconstruction and Santander began to develop and evolve into the city we know today - lively, buzzing and modern. Many walking the Camino have spent an extra night here enjoying all the city has to offer.

    Things to See after the Bay of Santander

    The street Paseo de Pereda separates the coastal strip from the historical quarter. This is a wonderful section of the city with beautiful gardens and houses. The nearby cathedral is another popular tourist destination and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Along with visiting the historical quarter, many people spend some time on one of the city’s numerous beaches. It's undoubtedly a very relaxing way to spend your time in Santander. The Camino de Santiago has many gems along the way and Santander is definitely one of them.

    Like the sound of Santander? Feel free to check it out in our Camino del Norte 2/4 - Bilbao to Santander trip here

    Take a look at our article for the Top Festivals on the Camino de Santiago here. Bilbao has the incredible Semana Grande festival, which is the largest festival in Northern Spain!

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