SantanderAt the heart of Cantabria the beautiful bay of Santander not only offers a natural harbour but lovely sheltered beaches right beside the city centre. Favoured by the royals at the turn of the century the city centre has a definite Belle Epoque feel to it and the royal Palacio de la Magdalena stands proud on the headland which all but closes the bay as testament to those days. Often overlooked as a port of entry, Santander is a beautiful, lively city, steeped in history and with plenty of great tapas bars, a fine maritime museum and great shopping too! For self catering accommodation, hotels and travel arrangements to Santander and northern Spain choose Casas Cantabricas, the regional specialists.