Practical Information

About Cantabria and Santander

The Community of Cantabria is located in the north of Spain, in the central area of the Cantabrian mountains. The lushly rich landscape of its lands is evident at its more than 60km of beaches, in the summits of the Picos de Europa, with altitudes above 2,600 meters, and in the numerous rivers that run from south to north, creating green valleys and natural spaces of great ecological value that make the region unique.

History and art embrace in Cantabria, thanks to medieval villages such as Santillana del Mar and cultural treasures like the caves of Altamira, a universal artistic expression of prehistoric man, which also has a replica that is open to the public in the Museum of the same town.

Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is a modern and cosmopolitan city that sits on a bay, facing south, of spectacular beauty. Many visitors travel here to enjoy its charming landscapes, explore its many green spaces or, during the summer, to relax at one of its eleven city beaches, without a doubt an offer as exceptional as it is irresistible within Spain’s tourist sector. Leisure time, entertainment and culture coexist in perfect harmony in Santander.

How to get to Santander

Airport. The Santander Airport is located about ten minutes from the city (approximately 5km). Airlines such as Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia, Ryanair and Vueling connect Santander with the following national and international destinations: Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malaga, Milan, Paris, Rome and Tenerife.

For more information: + 34 902 404 704/+ 34 942 202 100 and

The airport is connected to the city by a regular bus line, ALSA, that runs every 30 minutes. For more information:

Train. Renfe connects Cantabria with Madrid, among other Spanish cities. Feve is the narrow-track railway network that connects Cantabria with Asturias and the Basque Country.

For more information: + 34 902 320 320 and

Bus Station. The central bus station has buses to the main Spanish cities and three European cities: Brussels, Paris and Zurich.

For more information: + 34 942 211 995 and

Ferry. From March to November, Brittany Ferries operates between Spain and Great Britain offering services from the ports of Santander and Bilbao to Portsmouth and Plymouth.

For more information: +34 942 360 611 and

Tourism Offices

Regional Office of Tourism, Government of Cantabria

Calle Hernán Cortés, 4. Mercado del Este

Telephone: + 34 942 310 708/+ 34 901 111 112. Web site:

Municipal Office of Tourism, City Hall of Santander

Jardines de Pereda, s/n.

Telephone: + 34 942 203 000/01. Web site: