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Santander’s imitable combination of coast and culture is sure to satisfy holiday makes seeking both sandy, sun-drenched sanctuaries and stunning sights. The static city possesses both an architectural and artistic appeal that is most prominent in the Belle Epoque elegance of its buildings and the fascinating collections within its museums. Blissful beaches, prehistoric sites, picturesque harbours and refined restaurants are all within reached of the enviable traveller who visits the region of Cantabria’s captivating capital city.
For a blissful experience of beachside botany, visit the verdant and visionary Jardnes de Pereda. Named in honour of the prominent Spanish writer Jose Maria de Pereda, the green and gorgeous gardens back the picturesque promenade and feature sculptures that depict characters from the author’s seminal works.
Santander is a city that pays homage to the ancient while also embracing the modern impulses of the present. A museum that documents this dedication to the prosperous past and present is Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporaneo, a handsome building whose artfully lit array of artworks offers an insight into Spain’s thriving modern art scene. An eclectic collection spans the 16th to the 20th century and presents some of the most impressive artistic expressions of the region.
For a truly traditional taste of Spain’s sublime gastronomic scene, visit the rustic yet remarkable Varadero, a place in which Spain’s regional culinary heritage is honoured with age old recipes. Undoubtedly the restaurant’s signature speciality is the paella, a mouth-watering mixture of steamed mussels, juicy langoustines, saffron infused rice and crunchy vegetables. (Calle Universidad 1, Santander, Spain)