Do as the Spanish do: the coastal city that comes alive with locals for the summer

There are golden sands to be found in and around Santander
There are golden sands to be found in and around Santander Credit: istock

Do as the Spanish do and take your summer break in Santander, here's how.

Why go now

With its terrific pincho bars, sandy golden beaches, heaving surf scene, lively fiestas and belle époque architecture, Cantabria’s elegantly understated capital is a much-loved summer escape for Spaniards, and the ambitious Centro Botín arts centre designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 2017 has really put it on the map.

Santander’s annual Semana Grande (santander.es) brings 10 days of merriment. The musical Festival Internacional de Santander sweeps through in August, with jazz, ballet and more at heritage sites (festivalsantander.com).

The summer fun does mean peak prices and beach crowds; June and September...

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