Looking forward to a weekend in the city and nature? This little getaway to Santander is for you! This weekend plan includes accommodation in a central Santander hotel, a guided excursion by car to the Cabárceno Nature Park and transfers from the airport to the hotel and from your hotel to the airport if you arrive by plane (optional). As you can see, everything is designed so that you don't have to worry about a thing. In addition, apart from the excursion to Cabárceno Park, you will have plenty of time to explore the city of Santander, go shopping, walk at your own pace or have a leisurely dinner in the many restaurants and bars. No stress!
Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
Stay in a central hotel in Santander
Excursion with entrance to Cabárceno Park
Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
Other tickets not mentioned
Other transfers not mentioned
Umbrella or raincoat if you travel in the winter months
If you want to add transport to get to Santander, if you need a rental car in Santander, if you want to add or remove days from the proposed experience or if you want to customize your trip, do not hesitate to contact us and we will find the option that best suits you.
If you arrive by plane, a vehicle will pick you up at Santander Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. Once you've settled in, it's time to get to know the city. Start with a walk through Puertochico where you will see the famous statues of Los Raqueros. Continue walking through the Jardines de Pereda until you reach the Centro Botín, where you can climb the external staircase to admire the views of the bay. Today is also a good day to do some shopping in the small shops in the center. When lunch or dinner time approaches, in the surroundings of the Plaza de Cañadío you will find a wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can have tapas.
If you want to go inside the Botín Center to see its temporary and permanent exhibitions, let us know and we'll book your ticket.
Santander has a great gastronomic offer, from avant-garde restaurants with Michelin stars to traditional restaurants with daily and alternative menus, as the Cantabrians call going from one place to another to eat small portions and have a drink.
Avant-garde restaurants: Querida Margarita, with a tasting menu at a reasonable price. El Serbal, a restaurant with Michelin stars.
Tapas restaurants in the center of Santander: in the Plaza de Cañadío and in the streets Hernán Cortés, Daoiz y Velarde and Santa Lucía. These streets are connected and full of lively bars and terraces with a great gastronomic offers. Do not miss their seafood rations, among which are the squid and anchovies. To finish, some good Cantabrian cheeses and a Quesada.
The excursion to the Cabárceno Nature Park starts at 9 in the morning. The pick-up is at your hotel and you will enjoy the park until 2:00 p.m., where the driver will make the corresponding stops at the viewpoints of the park and will tell you some curiosities. On this visit you will be able to see semi-free animals from five different continents: African elephants, giraffes, bears, pygmy hippos, lions, gorillas... In addition, the ticket includes a cabin ride where you can enjoy the park from the air. You will surely take hundreds of photos!
The Cabárceno Park is neither a zoo nor a traditional park, but rather a large space of 750 hectares where 1,000 animals live in semi-freedom. This means that apart from being fed by park staff, the rest of their instincts remain free so it is not difficult to see males fighting during mating season or to see pups that have been born in the park. Did you also know that this beautiful park full of animals was an old mining operation? The beauty of the karstic landscape that you will be able to contemplate during your visit is surprising.
This last day in Santander, take the opportunity to have a good butter cup for breakfast and take some home with you. They are delicious! Also take the opportunity to go to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the Cathedral. The visiting hours of the temple on Sundays are from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This cathedral boasts impressive stained glass windows and giant real shells used as a holy water font. A preciousness! When you leave, you can reach the Plaza Porticada. These three stops are very close and can be easily reached on foot.
If you wish, a vehicle will pick you up to take you back to Santander airport.
Under the Cathedral of Santander there are Roman remains.
In February 1941 there was a great fire in Santander that devastated the city center leaving only two relevant buildings intact: the Post Office building and that of the Bank of Spain. This fire is known as the Andalusian fire, because it started on Calle Cádiz and ended on Calle Sevilla.
In the Pereda Gardens there are specimens of each of the tree species that can be found in Cantabria.
This getaway includes a visit to the Cabárceno Nature Park, a naturalized space where almost 120 animal species coexist in semi-freedom. It has 750 hectares so the visit can be done by car or by bicycle but not on foot. If you are traveling by car, we recommend that you select the ticket-only option to Cabárceno Park. If you do not have a car, it is best to book your organized excursion that includes transfers to the Park, tickets and a shared car tour with a guide.
If you have any questions about this experience, if you want more details or if you want to customize your trip, don't wait any longer! Contact us and we will help you tailor your trip.
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