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|— Municipality —|
|Founded||26 BC, as Portus Victoriae Iuliobrigensium 9 January 1755, granting the title of city|
|• Alcalde||Íñigo de la Serna (2007) (PP)|
|• Total||35 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||15 m (49 ft)|
|Highest elevation||108 m (354 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||5,100/km2 ( 13,000/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Santanderino/a, santanderense, pejino/a, chani|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
The port city of Santander (English: /ˌsɑntɑnˈdɛər/, Spanish: [santanˈder]) is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. Located east of Gijón and west of Bilbao, the city has a population of 179,921 (2011).
In the Roman Empire, the city was known as Portus Victoriae Iuliobrigensium. Its present name is possibly derived from Saint Andrew (Sanct Ander) or Saint Emeterio (Santemter, Santenter, Santander), a martyr whose head was brought there in the 3rd century, along with that of Saint Celedonio, according to legend.
The city owes its existence to the excellent harbour of the Bay of Santander. Santander was an important port for Castile in the later Middle Ages, and also for trade with the New World. It officially became a city in 1755.
In 1893 the freighter Cabo Machichaco exploded in the harbour, killing more than 500 people.
In the early 20th century Santander became the favoured summer residence of King Alfonso XIII, who built the Palacio de la Magdalena as the residence of the royal family during the holidays. The city gained great popularity from this and from the 19th century enthusiasm for sea bathing, and it remains popular with the Spanish for beach holidays today.
Great fire of 1941 
Santander fell victim to a great fire in 1941. Fanned by a strong south wind, the fire burned for two days. There was only one casualty, a firefighter killed in the line of duty, but thousands of families were left homeless and the city was plunged into chaos. The fire destroyed the greater part of the medieval town centre and gutted the city’s Romanesque cathedral.
The municipality of Santander has included, since 2009, the city of Santander and urban areas of Cueto, Monte, Peñacastillo, and San Román, places that were once villages but are increasingly being assimilated into the city centre. Santander and these towns have several neighbourhoods that are not ordered administratively or have specific limits but some of them do have a certain personality that differentiates them from other areas of the city. Currently the city of Santander is working to adapt the municipality to the law of large cities and thus decentralise power in several districts.
- Neighborhoods: La Pereda, Valdenoja, Fumoril.
- Neighborhoods: Corbanera, La Torre, Aviche, Bolado and San Miguel.
- Neighborhoods: Nuevo Parque, Primero de Mayo, Nueva Montaña, Ojaiz, Adarzo, Rucandial, Camarreal, Lluja, El Empalme, La Lenteja.
- San Román de la Llanilla
- Neighborhoods: Corbán, Rostrío.
- Santander (Capital)
- Neighborhoods: La Albericia, Cazoña, El Sardinero, Barrio Pesquero, El Alisal, Cabildo de Arriba, Castilla-Hermida, Puertochico, Centro, Cuatro Caminos, Calle Alta, General Dávila, Canalejas, San Fernando, etc.
The maximum temperature reached in Santander was 37.4 °C (99 °F) on 31 August 2009, and the minimum temperature −5.4 °C (22 °F) on 21 January 1957.
|Climate data for Santander|
|Average high °C (°F)||13.3
|Daily mean °C (°F)||9.5
|Average low °C (°F)||5.6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||123
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)||13||12||12||13||11||8||7||7||9||12||13||12||128|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||88||100||134||147||169||174||189||182||157||127||98||74||1,638|
|Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología|
Politics and government 
Since June 2007, Iñigo de la Serna, of the People's Party (conservative) has served as Mayor of Santander. The most important political parties in the local area, in addition to the PP, are the Socialist Party of Cantabria - PSOE (social democrat), whose current spokesman is Jesús Cabezón Alonso, and the Regionalist Party of Cantabria with Rafael de la Sierra González. Throughout its history the most influential political parties have been of the ideological right wing, especially the PP.
The Santander City Council is divided into various areas: finance, property and public safety, city planning, public function, the internal system and culture, economic development, training and employment, social, civic participation and drug addiction; of citizen action, and management of municipal companies. The council holds regular sessions each month, but has often held extraordinary plenary sessions to discuss issues and problems affecting the city.
The Governing Board, chaired by the mayor, is currently composed of 15 PP councillors. The municipal council consists of 27 members, 15 of the PP, 7 of the PSC-PSOE and 5 of the PRC. The following tables show the results of municipal elections in 2003 and 2007.
As a service centre at the regional level, Santander contains important public institutions and private organisations with a large number of employees, including Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, the University of Cantabria and Grupo Santander. Activities related to culture, leisure and tourism are an important part of the city's economy, and the regional and municipal authorities look to augment the summer tourist trade with additional offerings, including conventions, conferences, cultural festivals and cruises.
As of 2004[update], Santander has a population of 183,800. The number has remained fairly steady since 1981. Spain's low fecundity rate and ageing population have combined with rising immigration figures to keep the population growth fairly stagnant. Nevertheless, the Santander conurbation continues to sprawl as young families move away from the high cost of living in the heart of the city.
|Population||180 328||186 145||191 079||185 410||184 264||183 799||183 955|
In this municipality, there are many bienes de interés cultural:
- Santander Cathedral, with the rank of monument
- Regional Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, monument, which also includes two heritages of special protection, the Pátera de Otañes and the Early medieval treasure of Ambojo of Pedreña
- Museum of Fine Arts of Santander, monument
- Tower, walls and monuments of la Casa Noble de los Riva-Herrera, in Pronillo, monument
- Palacio de la Magdalena and its gardens, monument
- Library and casa-museum of Menéndez Pelayo, monument
- Convent of las Madres Clarisas de Santa Cruz (formerly a tobacco factory), monument
- Former Hospital of San Rafael (home of the Regional Assembly of Cantabria), monument
- Mercado del Este, monument
- Iglesia de Santa Lucía, monument
- Parroquia de la Anunciación (La Compañía), monument
- The Dam of Gamazo, monument.
- Seminario de Monte Corbán, monument
- Paseo de Pereda, with historical category
- An area of "El Sardinero", the historic district
- Iglesia de San Francisco, artistic and religious heritage of Cantabria
- Cartulary of San Salvador de Oña (Burgos), personal property kept in the Provincial Historic Archive of Santander
- Cartulary of the Monastery of Santa María de Piasca, heritage preserved in the Library of Santander
In addition, there are several inventory properties in the municipality:
- Iglesia de la Virgen del Faro in Cueto
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Visitación (Salesas Reales).
- Batería de San Pedro del Mar in Monte.
- The Protestant Cemetery.
- Two of the steam locomotives ("Udías, Mary, Revilla, Peñacastillo, Brawl and Begoña 3") inventoried, in particular Peñacastillo locomotive and Revilla locomotive, both located in the old workshop hauled RENFE.
The city 
Famous people 
- Seve Ballesteros (1957–2011), golfer
- María Gutiérrez Blanchard (1881–1932), paintress
- Matilde Camus (* 1919), poet
- Iván Helguera (* 1975), football player
- Pedro Munitis (* 1975), football player
- Eduardo Noriega (* 1973), actor
- Iván de la Peña (* 1976), football player
- Fernando San Emeterio (* 1984), basketball player
- Sergio Canales (* 1991), football player
Urban growth 
From 1950 to the 70s urban growth takes off with the construction of many housing blocks with solid buildings of 5 to 6 storeys but few housing developments for the working population.
In recent decades the growth of Santander is beyond the periphery of the city with smaller buildings and structures and aimed at the residence of the first and second home (this last of special importance). Stresses the El Sardinero, that changes its morphology of garden city to residential and leisure area of Santander, the Nueva Montaña zone recovered industrial land for residential and commercial activity, Cierro del Alisal, Los Castros Avenue and urban sprawl along the northern slope of Vaguada de las Llamas.
In the 1980s the port of Santander was displaced from the centre of the city and in recent years Santander is in a recovery of its southern edge facing the Bay of Santander. The transfer of all port activities to Puerto de Raos has been gradual, with the exception of maritime passenger traffic that is centered on its maritime station front of Paseo de Pereda.
Currently the growth of port activity, increased value-added traffic (vehicles and containers mostly off the liquid and solid) for storage requiring a lot of ground already scarce and insufficient depth for some types of ships, is forcing the Port Authority to consider the long-term construction of a port outside the bay. On 29 June 2005 Santander celebrated the 250th anniversary of the granting of the title of "City."
Main sights 
- The Cathedral of Santander:
- The lower temple, called "cripta del Cristo" was built around 1200 on other earlier roman buildings. Is 31 metres long and 18 wide, organised into three naves. His style is a transition from romanesque to gothic and is accessed by two doors of late romanesque. Here are the remains of the Holy Martyrs (Emeterius and Celedonius), which reached Portus Victoriae (the ancient Roman Santander) by boat.
- The upper church was built between the late 13th and 14th century. At be completed the gothic cloister was built.
- El Sardinero was in 1840 a rugged area of Santander environment. Since 1850, started arriving the first tourists and created some facilities (bath houses, eateries ...). Following the summer of Queen Isabella II in El Sardinero in 1861 and Amedeo of Savoy in 1872, the area acquired great fame and began to attract many tourists. There was a spectacular urban and cultural development with the construction of several hotels, inns, cafes, trains and trams arriving at El Sardinero.
- The Palacio de la Magdalena, eclectic style, English influenced, built in 1909 by public subscription as a gift for the Spanish Royal Family.
- El Hotel Real was opened in the summer of 1917, in a privileged location overlooking the bay and the open sea. It is a five-storey building, with south porch on a high terrace. The style is modern with an air of eclecticism, by the architect González Riancho.
- Next to El Hotel Real stands The old house built for Don Adolfo Pardo from 1915–1918. Of mountain style with well marked tower was designed by the architect Gonzalez Riano and today is the palace of Emilio Botín García de los Ríos.
- The Gran Casino del Sardinero completed in 1916, has some relationship to El Hotel Real and is one of the symbols of the city. It has a terrace balcony which is accessed by a monumental staircase. The central body, two-story is framed by the sides with two octagonal towers, covered by domes, whose edges involved, from top to bottom, shafts with capitals for each floor.
- The Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor presides the entrance to the Bay of Santander. Privileged balcony overlooking the Cantabrian sea and in the city is now one of the most emblematic and evocative for citizens and visitors of Santander. Located in the extreme northeast of the city, the area where is located the Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor is part of a larger area consisting of the headlands of Cabo Mayor and Cabo Menor. The physical configuration of this space is defined by its particular geomorphology, marked by its beaches and cliffs of coastline and a rugged terrain with maximum dimensions of 50 m above sea level. Historically located on the outskirts of the city, the area of Cabo Mayor and Cabo Menor has applications and relevant functions: signal maritime defensive position, horse racing, camping, public park, golf course, etc. Thus became tourist landmark and one of the areas of greatest variety of landscape and environmental.
- La Gandara.
- Cabildo de Arriba.
- Cuatro Caminos.
- El Alta.
- El Barrio Pesquero.
- El Sardinero.
- La Cavaduca.
- La Albericia.
- Nueva Montaña.
- Zona centro or del Ayuntamiento.
- San Martín/Tetuán.
Main streets, squares and parks 
- Streets, avenues and boulevards:
- Paseo de Pereda (The ancient pier is a promenade overlooking the bay and the towns of Somo and Pedreña. cafés can be found as old as "El Suizo" where, in the past, met traders, military writers, such as Pereda himself), the Gardens are also the same name (which, in turn, is the monument to the writer José María de Pereda, which contains references to his works).
- Reina Victoria Avenue (location of chalets overlooking the bay. Through this street it has access to the beach Los Peligros).
- Paseo del General Dávila (El Alta) (former Meteorological Observatory of Santander, I.E.S. José María de Pereda, Conservatorio Jesús de Monasterio).
- Paseo de Pérez Galdós.
- Castelar Street. (Overlooking the bay, joins the Paseo de Pereda with Reina Victoria Avenue)
- Calvo Sotelo Street (Ministry of Finance, Post).
- Burgos Street (It is one of the oldest streets of the city. It may be considered part of the old part of town, although the first references to the street dating from the mid 18th century. The title of Burgos Street was awarded in 1845. The street pedestrian has benefited the trade of the area and its residents. This street is the headquarters of the ONCE and the Plaza de Juan Carlos I).
- San Fernando Street (Street with great traffic flow is the main gateway to the city center. The Plaza de las Cervezas is a pedestrian-only area which belongs to this street, named for the brewery (La Cruz Blanca) which stood there before their current disposition.)
- Alameda de Oviedo (Paseo full of trees, runs from the streets of San Fernando and Vargas, parallel to them, between Cuatro Caminos and Numancia).
- Avenida de los Castros (In this broad avenue are located most of the universities centres of the University of Cantabria).
- Parks and gardens:
- Park of la Magdalena (Located on the Magdalena Peninsula, it is a major tourist spot thanks to the Palacio de la Magdalena, the tank seals and the old stables of the palace, where different college classes at UIMP are held.)
- Las Llamas Atlantic Park (Open to the public on 11 May 2007, but today is still under construction. The park was initially budgeted at 22.5 million euros, but its price has risen 39.1% (8.8 million euros) for the incorporation of improvements).
- Piquío Gardens (so called because they are shaped like the beak of a ship that "enters" into the sea, referring to the views offered at the end of the garden).
- La Marga Park (Located on the outskirts of the city, at the end of Castilla Street, named for the old timber that was placed there.)
- Doctor Morales Park.
- Doctor González Mesones Park.
- Water Park (on the hillside of Calle Alta).
- Parque de la etnia gitana de santander de la Patrona in the Patron santander.
- Mendicoague Park.
- Los Pinares Park (park full of pines).
- Mataleñas Park (Formerly private, was opened to the public as green space on the way to Lighthouse).
- Gardens of Pereda.
- Farm Altamira.
- Farm of Jado.
- Plaza del Ayuntamiento (City Council Square).
- Plaza de Pedro Velarde (Pedro Velarde Square) or Plaza Porticada.
- Plaza de Pombo (Pombo Square)
- Plaza de Atarazanas (Shipyards Square) or Plaza de la Catedral.
- Plaza de la Esperanza (Hope Square).
- Plaza de Italia (Italy Square).
- Plaza de México (Mexico Square).
- Plaza de Juan Carlos I (Juan Carlos I Square) or Plaza del Rey.
- Plaza de las Cervezas (Beers Square).
- Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square).
- Plaza del Cuadro (Cuadro's Square).
- Plaza de Numancia (Numancia Square).
- Plaza de Cañadío (Cañadío Square).
- Plaza Acebo (Holly Square).
- Plaza de Cuatro Caminos (Four Roads Square).
- Plaza de Las Estaciones (Seasons Square).
- Plaza de los Remedios (Remedios Square).
- Plaza de Miranda (Miranda Square).
- Plaza del Príncipe (Prince's Square).
- Plaza del Dos de Mayo (May 2 Square).
- Plaza de Las Brisas (Breeze Square).
- Plaza de Rubén Darío (Rubén Darío Square).
Tallest buildings 
- Alta, 46. 17 floors.
- Feygón Tower. 16 floors.
- Dobra Building. 16 floors.
- Ibio Building.16 plants.
- Vargas, 51. 16 floors.
- Residencia Cantabria. 15 floors.
- Palacio de Festivales.
- University of Cantabria is the largest university in Cantabria.
- Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) specializes in teaching foreigners about Spanish language and culture
Santander has a great tradition and cultural activity, with events that play an important role in cultural and social life of the city. Is a major international university summer UIMP and organizes large festivals of music and dance, as the Festival Internacional de Santander (FIS) and Festival Internacional de Música de Órgano (FiMÓC).
Museums and cultural centers 
- Cantabrian Maritime Museum.
- Museum of Fine Arts.
- Regional Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria.
- Taurine Museum of Santander.
- Palace of Festivals of Cantabria.
- Palace of Exhibitions and Congress of Santander.
- Modesto Tapia Cultural Center.
- Regional Film of Cantabria.
Santander is a city of many festivals and pilgrimages, distributed across the various neighborhoods and areas of the city. Mention the existence of many feasts of neighborhood character, such as those of Mendicoague, Perines, etc. The best known festivals in Santander and more tourist attraction, are:
- January 5: The Cavalcade of Magi covers a small part of the city, from the Palacio de Festivales to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
- The first Sunday of June: Cantabria Child Day is celebrated on Magdalena. It is a 'Regional Tourist Interest', an exaltation of the native, organized by the "Association for the Defence of the Interests of Cantabria" (ADIC), an association founded by Miguel Ángel Revilla. In this event shows among other things, an exhibition of "Aluche" (Ancient Cantabrian Fighting) and types of rural sports like milkmaid racing, archery, salto pasiego and wood chopping.
- Monday of Pentecost: Fiestas de la Virgen del Mar.
- June 24: The Bonfires of Saint John is celebrated in El Sardinero, particularly in the second beach of Sardinero. This festival celebrates the arrival of summer with a bonfire and a pilgrimage. In other parts of the municipality are also makes bonfires as in la Albericia and the Barrio Pesquero neighborhoods.
- July 25: Festivals of Saint James (Regional Tourist Interest).
- August 30: Feasts of the Holy Martyrs (Emeterius and Celedonius). Santander patrons.
- September 15: Fiestas de la Virgen de la Bien Aparecida, patroness of the Diocese of Santander and Cantabria ('Regional Tourist Interest'.)
Santander offers a magnificent selection of seafood that has a high reputation in the Iberian peninsula. Amayuelas highlights products such as ensis and morgueras, panchos, red mullet, anchovies, seabass and sardines, as well as breakers[disambiguation needed] and squid.
Santander also caters dining of other municipalities in Cantabria in fish and shellfish such as the clams of Pedreña, the bonito of Colindres, the anchovies of Santoña, breams of Castro Urdiales, etc. But it also deserves special mention the great variety of legumes, fruits and vegetables produced in the region of Liébana, as well as tables of different kinds of quality cheeses that produce Cantabria and which supplies the city of Santander.
Santander's meat comes from the cattle that are raised in Cantabria. Reared on natural grasses, the veal, heifer, yearling and ox enjoy a great reputation. Santander's restaurants offer a kitchen with great charisma, and based on its varied and exquisite cuisine.
Some typical dishes of the city of Santander are the fried calamari called rabas and double donuts, in addition to leading the aforesaid cocido montañés and fish and seafood dishes ranging from seabass and sardine to products such as the morguera.
In this city plays the football team of the Spanish first division Racing de Santander one of the historic and certainly that was one of the founders of La Liga, play their home games at the Campos de Sport de El Sardinero. Racing de Santander has been 40 seasons in first division and 32 in second. In the 1930/1931 season, finished second level on points with Athletic Club Bilbao (champion) and the Real Sociedad (third), that time was the one that came closest to winning the league championship.
A long tradition in the city was the handball, with CB Cantabria as a banner that has taken the name of Santander in Europe and the world with the achievement of several international titles, the European Cup in 1994,the Recopa in 1990 and 1998 and the EHF Cup in 1993. Currently, the club is dissolved. The only team that has an important place in the national scene at the moment is the Adelma Santander 2016, belonging to the Handball Club Sinfín. He competes in the category of the Divisón de Honor Plata (second division).
Some elite teams of Santander:
- Santander has hosted the Davis Cup in 2000 and 2006.
- Santander hosted in many times a finish of stage of the Vuelta a España.
- There are numerous watercraft rowing regattas in the Bay and Abra del Sardinero.
- Summer tournaments of football and beach volleyball.
- Sailing races organized by the Real Club Marítimo de Santander.
- Horse Racing in la Campa de la Magdalena.
- Around all the municipality can locate many boleras of the modality Bolo Palma, typical of the region. Held various competitions and championships, being common Cantabria and eastern Asturias.
- Surfing championships of international stature. As the WQS 4Stars Rip Curl Pro in Liencres beach, or the female WCT in the beaches of Liencres and Sardinero.
Main sports centers:
- Sport Complex of la Albericia (Sport Municipal Institute).
- High Performance Centre of Sailing Príncipe Felipe.
- Puertochico (sporting marina).
- Mataleñas golf field.
- Royal Society of Tennis La Magdalena.
- Santander is the only coastal city in northern Spain facing the south.
- The lamp of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento represents the four seasons.
- The building of the Banco de Santander is not symmetrical, because it was not built all at once. First it was the right, then sent to the arch and the left side, but lacks a balcony.
- The chalets located on the left of Paseo de Reina Victoria were built for the nobles and bourgeoisie who were to summering with King Alfonso XIII of Spain.
- In El Sardinero there are two beaches called the first and the second. The first was for the nobility and upper classes, and the second for everyone else.
- There is a cross next to the Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor that is a monument to the Francoist, conservative, and clerical victims of the Republicans killed during the Spanish Civil War, thrown over the cliff by mandate local functionaries of the Republican Government.
- In the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, right next to where there used to be a statue of Francisco Franco (removed due to public protests), the coat of arms of the Second Spanish Republic were hidden under a tree.
- The Beach of the bikinis was named because it was a beach frequented by foreign students coming to study at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) during the summer in the 1960s and 1970s. The female students wore bikinis, but the new beachwear fashion had not yet arrived in the then conservative Santander, so the students' beachwear attracted attention.
- La Plaza de Italia (Italy Plaza) was named after the Spanish Civil War to mark the arrival of the Italian brigade ("Littorio" Division) at the Gran Casino del Sardinero, as part of the troops sent by Benito Mussolini (called Corpo Truppe Volontarie). They fought in the Battle of Santander on the Nationalist side against the Republican troops. In that square, there is a memorial to those soldiers.
- The great fire of Santander is known as "The Andalusian" because it started in Cadiz Street and ended in Seville Street.
- The waterfront formerly came up as far as Plaza de Cañadío.
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