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|• Alcaldesa||María Puerto Gallego Arriola (2007) (PSC-PSOE)|
|• Total||11.53 km2 (4.45 sq mi)|
|Elevation||7 m (23 ft)|
|Highest elevation||315 m (1,033 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||39740 |
Santoña is situated in the Autonomic region of Cantabria at the north of Spain in the Altlantical Coast. The nearest towns are at the West side Noja, and at the East Laredo. Of specific importance are the marshland of Santoña, known as the Santoña Victoria and Joyel Natural Park is formed by the mouth of the Rio Ason and the Mont Buciero at the entrance of Santoña´s bay.
First testimonies of occupation of the place takes us back to the paleolithic. The town counts with 3 forts, San Martin, San Carlos, Del Mazo or Napoleon. which are a unique testimony of the military history of the region. The San Martin Castle is situated at the end of the seaside promenade, a few meter behind lies the San Carlos Castle at the entrance of the bay. As for El Mazo Castle it is situated in the mount Buciero and offers a unique panorama of the region.
There are two main cultural events in Santoña : The first one is the famous Carnival which takes place in February and last for one month. The major events in the carnival are the Murgas contest, which consist in a sort of popular musical theatre, various parades for children's and adults and popular dance.
The second major event is the town festival known as the “Fiesta de la Virgen del Puerto” that takes place during the first days of September. This festival is composed of numerous processions, and other popular dance.
Santoña is the city of the Anchovy. With more than 50 anchovy canning factories the town has acquired a worldwide reputation as concerns the Anchovy, as a consequence you can buy in the various factories of the town your own can of Anchovy. Santoña’s Anchovy can be found as well is Spain as in foreign countries due to his excellent reputation. The anchovy is present in every bar and restaurants of the town.
Places of interest
• The 3 castles that were evoqued before
• The Caballo lighthouse, situated in the Monte Buciero, to which you can access by a footpath and 700 stairs carved in the cliff
• The Pescador lighthouse in which there is nowadays a permanent exhibition on the paintings of Eduardo Sanz.
• The town church, Santa Maria del Puerto of Roman and Gothic style.
• The Mirador de” LAS MARISMAS”, a museum that provides informations on the Natural reserve of the Marshland of Santoña, Victoria and Joyel
• Monument at the Virgen del Puerto which is situaded a few meters behind San Carlos Castle.
• Plaza de TOROS, situated in the port of santoña.
• The sea side promenade « paseo maritimo »
The economic activity of the town relies essentially in fishing activities and derivated activities. Santoña is well known for its anchovy production. Tourism is also an important activity for the town especially during the summer when the visitors can enjoy the beaches of Santoña as well as the marshland.
Juan De La Cosa, Spanish explorer
Santoña is twinned with the French town Lons and Palos De La Frontera in andaluzia
Bust of Federico García Lorca