The Port of Santander is located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula and is connected through the Cantabrian and the Plateau motorway and by rail with Madrid and Bilbao.
Port activity in Santander dates from 2,000 years ago and its role has been fundamental to the development of the territory which is settled by fishing, maritime trade, shipbuilding and defense, as well as through practice of sailing. Currently it is working on the development of port infrastructure to provide the commercial port of greater length and depth as well as in the development of logistics and distribution capacity.
To call at the Cruise Port of Santander is an opportunity to know the mutiple heritage attributes of the city but also a perfect opportunity to enter Cantabria and its most emblematic tourist resources.
Maritime Station located in the heart of the city provides cruise passenger comfort when moving to make a tour. Likewise, large cruise ships are part of the landscape and the Cantabrian people can admire, while this closeness causes a direct interaction with the destination agents and a warm welcome for cruise passengers calling at the Port of Santander, the Cantabrian capital.
Since 2008, the Port Authority of Santander has a Cruise Forum, a group of inter-work that deals with the development and evolution of this type of traffic in the port and involves the Port Authority, the Regional Government (with CANTUR) , Santander City Council, the Chamber of Commerce of Santander, the port community as well as the Police, Civil Guard and Aduanaetc.
If the cruise has scale in the port of Santander, between excursions that cruise passengers can enjoy in the capital of Cantabria it is a visit to the Maritime Museum of the city. For lovers of museum destinations is recommended to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Archaeological Museum. Likewise, the Cabo Mayor lighthouse or Faro Bella Vista that welcomes since 2001 an interesting Art Center and offers incredible views.
The Magdalena’s Palace, located in the homonymous peninsula and built to host the Spanish Royal Family in 1909. This event became the time to cut Santander in the summer and this influenced his economic and tourist development. In 1933 he became the International Summer University of Santander, ground of the current Menendez Pelayo International University. In addition, soon, Santander will have the Botín Art Center, a building designed by architect Renzo Piano, the author of the Pompidou. The Center is built on a spectacular white ceramics and a large terrace with sea view and a trampoline on water . Santander also offers water sports, golf and upscale commercial offer.
The gastronomy of Cantabria and the bite routes are themselves a genuine claim on the cruise scale in Santander, a land with a culinary tradition based on quality.
The stopover in Santander may also be the starting point for a visit to some of the most spectacular resources of the beautiful region of Cantabria. Santillana del Mar, the Museum and the Cave of Altamira, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as well as the fishing port of Comillas, where you can visit buildings like the Capricho from Gaudí and the Palace of Sobrellano or Marqués de Comillas.
In the same way, Cabarceno Natural Park is a mandatory visit for lovers of nature and adventure the, with animals in semi liberty and where you can admire from rhinos to deers and monkeys at a distance of over 20 kilometers by spectacular natural landscapes.
The visit to the Caves of Soplao, an enclave that has valuable geological formations and with 4 kilometers of spectacular visitable galleries. In addition to these recommendations, Cantabria has nice typical villages and spectacular beaches that draw incredible seascapes. Places like Bárcena Mayor or San Vicente de la Barquera configure a pleasant cultural and gastronomic visit in this destination full of tourist resources and unique enclaves.