The capital of the Spanish region of Cantabria is a popular vacation spot, although less frequented by British tourists. The city is home to a royal palace, a zoo, stunning urban beaches, intriguing modern architecture, a unique cathedral, a bustling market, and superb tapas restaurants. July and August are the busiest and hottest months, when Santander becomes a hive of cultural and seaside activities. However, with mild temperatures during the winter months and easy access to the mountain ranges for skiing, it is an ideal year-round destination for the discerning traveler. Here are our favorite hotels in the area.
Eurostars Real Hotel
The large five-star property sits opposite Playa de los Peligros beach, imperiously overlooking the Bay of Biscay from its hilltop location. Stay here for classic grandeur – stately French-style hallways, marble bathrooms, wrought-iron balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, thick curtains, Queen Anne furnishings, and hardwood floors are found inside. The hotel has 123 rooms, gardens with no less than 80 varieties of roses, a large terrace and the El Puntal restaurant with 12 tables, dressed in white and silver linen. Eurostars Hotel Real is also home to one of the most advanced thalassotherapy centers in Europe, the Talasoterapia wellness center, with sauna, Turkish bath and jacuzzi.
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