Places of interest
Santander, the city
Palacio de La Magdalena
Located at the highest point of the Magdalena Peninsula, this building -designed by Gonzalo Bringas and Javier González de Riancho- has great historical value as it was the summer residence of King Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia for seventeen years, as well as and for being the main venue for the summer courses at the Menéndez Pelayo International University since 1933. The Palacio de La Magdalena is, without a doubt, one of the city’s tourist landmarks.
Recently opened on June 23, 2017, the Botín Center is a space dedicated to art and creative development. Designed by Renzo Piano, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1998, it is divided into two zones: the West dedicated to art and the East dedicated to cultural activities and training. It has two large exhibition halls, an auditorium with capacity for 300 people, training rooms, a work area, a shop and a cafeteria-restaurant run by Carlos Crespo and chef Alex Ortiz. Its privileged location will allow you to enjoy the best views of the bay.
Palacio de Festivales
Located in front of the Bay of Santander, the Festival Palace has been hosting a wide variety of shows of national and international relevance since 1991. The avant-garde aesthetic building was designed by the architect Sáenz de Oiza and houses three rooms: Argenta, in honor of the Cantabrian musician, the Pereda room and the Greek room, reminiscent of a classical theatre.
Located in Plaza de la Asunción (commonly known as Plaza de las Atarazanas), the Cathedral was originally built as the Abbey of San Emeter. It was declared a Cultural Asset of Interest in 1931, and was partially rebuilt after the 1941 fire. Inside is the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo. Next to the cloister of the Cathedral is the garden, the old cemetery of the town.