One of the biggest attractions of Santander is its wide range of beaches of fine white sand. Few cities can feel proud of having more than a dozen sandy beaches which are so well-maintained and with such quantity of services. In recent years, in addition to the lifesaving services, showers, public transport connections and the car park, many of the beaches have been equipped with leisure areas, such as libraries and children’s playgrounds, handicap toilets and a service of amphibious chairs to facilitate the bath of people with reduced mobility.
It is the closest beach to the city centre. The tranquillity of its waters, which are sheltered by the Bay, makes it a place very frequented by families. It has 200 metres in length and an average width of about 70 metres. It has a car park, a walkway that reaches La Magdalena and floating platforms for play. It has all the services.
At the foot of the Palace of La Magdalena lies one of the beaches with the best views of the city. It has all the services and the added value of having a large grass area. With its 900 metres long, it is the largest after the Second beach of El Sardinero. Its location, facing South and sheltered by the bay, makes it ideal for families with children.
This 250-metre beach became famous for being the first place in Santander where a bikini was seen for the very first time. This bathing costume was worn by the foreign girls who studied at the Summer University and it revolutionized the moral of the inhabitants Santander. The beach, typical for its calm waters and gentle breeze, has all the services. It can be accessed through La Magdalena.
This urban area is one of the most emblematic beaches in the city. It is so named (The Camel) because to the right, on the water, there is a rock which looks like a camel in profile, which is easier to perceive when the tide is low. This beach is frequented by families and beach-tennis players, a sport which is played throughout the year in Santander. It has a large number of services, including a car park and a bar.
Located in the centre of El Sardinero, this 250-metre beach is fairly quiet, with mild waves. In addition to the usual services, it offers the chance to rent sunshades.
Primera de El Sardinero
It is the icon of the golden age in Santander and the nerve center of the mythical ‘Wave Baths’, so popular among nobility. It has a surface of more than 2,800 square metres, and a nice seafront. It offers all the services. A lift has been recently installed to facilitate the access of people with physical disabilities to the beach.
Segunda de El Sardinero
Ordinary people used to come to this beach, separated from the First by the Gardens of Piquío, at the time when Santander was becoming the tourist town of the monarchy and its court. It is the largest beach of the municipality and it offers all the services as well as a children’s play area. Furthermore, in its vicinity we can find several catering establishments, a big parking area and a park.
In Cabo Menor lies this small beach, just 25 metres long. It is quite isolated since the last 50 metres have to be covered on foot in order to reach it and it does not offer any service, which is the reason why its occupation is so low. It can be accessed either from Mataleñas Park or via the pedestrian path that runs along the edge of Cabo Menor.
Mataleñas beach is situated in a cove surrounded by cliffs. It can only be accessed if we walk down its stairs, located in a steep slope. Despite this, it shows high occupation due to its impressive views. It has all the services and it is very close to a campsite and the lighthouse of Cabo Mayor.
With mild waves and fine white sand, El Bocal beach lies in the locality of Monte, fairly isolated due to the low quantity of road signs in this rural area. It is ideal for those seeking peacefulness. It has few services and lifeguards only work on Saturdays and holidays.
This beach is the great unknown in the coast of Santander, even for its residents. It is quite isolated and solitary, set deep in the rural neighbourhood of San Román. Sometimes it lies hidden by the tide and it can even disappear. It does not have any service and it can only be accessed on foot.
Situated in Monte, in a rocky area with beautiful landscape, this small beach has a car park, nearby catering facilities and the cultural attractions of the river and the battery of San Pedro. It has security, toilets and daily cleaning services.
Virgen del Mar
This beach is located next to the hermitage of Virgen del Mar, in a rocky area against which the waves of the Cantabrian Sea break. It is a very clean beach of fine white sand which can even disappear at high tide. It has good facilities.