Do because the Spanish do and take your summer time break in Santander, here is how.
Why go now
With its terrific pincho bars, sandy golden seashores, heaving surf scene, energetic fiestas and belle époque structure, Cantabria’s elegantly understated capital is a much-loved summer time escape for Spaniards, and the bold Centro Botín arts centre designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 2017 has actually put it on the map.
Santander’s annual Semana Grande (santander.es) brings 10 days of merriment. The musical Competition Internacional de Santander sweeps via in August, with jazz, ballet and extra at heritage websites (festivalsantander.com).
The summer time enjoyable does imply peak costs and seaside crowds; June and September…