Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Santander, Spain.
Beaches can be interesting places. Not necessarily as vast, sandy areas in proximity to the sea, but as reflectors of society at a certain point in time. Santander’s Playa de los Bikinis, for example, reminds us that there was a time when this particular beachwear attracted considerable attention. Five decades have passed since bikinis managed to raise the eyebrows of Santander’s inhabitants, but the name lingers on.
The fact that you will find at least eight other beaches in close proximity to this city in Northern Spain might also say something about the weather. It certainly tells us that this is a destination that is popular among tourists who are eager to catch some sun.
It has been a popular destination for sunbathers for quite some time. Alfonso XIII of Spain used to spend his holidays at this cosmopolitan beach resort. One hundred years later, visitors from many parts of Spain (as well as the rest of Europe) follow his example as they stroll along the El Sardinero beach promenade. Situated about a mile/1.6 kilometers from the city center, the El Sardinero is the most popular of Santander’s beaches. Here, you will also find the Gran Casino de El Sardinero – situated a stone’s throw from the sea. Built in 1916, the casino is one of the symbols of the city.