It is located in one of the oldest areas of the city. To get there go up the Cuesta del Hospital, a street with an escalator which is opposite the Town Hall. This building was formerly the Hospital de San Rafael; in 1987 when its restoration was completed it became the Regional Parliament.
2. Santa Cruz Convent
Opposite the Regional Parliament of Cantabria stands this convent which was founded in the 17th century. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1982.
3. Parque del Agua
It represents the course of the river from its source to its mouth, hence its name (Water Park).
4. Church of La Consolación
Built in the 18th century, this church in the baroque style is one of the oldest to survive in the city.
5. La Sotileza Ramp
Here two works of art can be seen that recall the seafaring nature of the Cabildo de Arriba, which was formerly touched by the sea. The first of them is affixed to a wall and reproduces the first paragraph of a novel by Pereda. The second is a mast 10 metres high with the figure of a woman looking through a telescope in search of fishermen on the seas.
Since its foundation in 1908 it has continuously evolved to become what it is today: a meeting point where ideas can be exchanged. This museum promotes knowledge of modern, contemporary, and current art; for the moment it is closed for alterations.
Its objective is historical recovery through the photographic heritage, which it restores and displays at its exhibition hall which is open to the public.
10. La Alameda primera
From the CDIS go down Calle Peñas Redondas as far as Calle Burgos, a pedestrian street which was part of the former Alameda Primera where the city’s first bullring was located. The street runs into the Plaza de Numancia, which is known for its 19th-century lampposts dedicated to the memory of famous people of the city. It is here that the Mies del Valle stream flows, it runs into the Ría de Becedo.
11. La Alameda de Oviedo or Alameda Segunda
This is one of the main leisure areas of the city as it if offers a wide variety of shopping and dining possibilities. In this area you can sample the winkles, mussels, and calamari slices which make tapas such a tradition in Santander.
12. Cuatro Caminos
At the end of La Alameda we come to Cuatro Caminos, a circular plaza that doubles as a roundabout which is dominated by a sphere representing the signs of the Zodiac. It is currently the hub of not four but six streets: the Avenida de Valdecilla, Calle Alta, Calle San Fernando, Avenida de Camilo Alonso Vega, and the Avenida de Pedro San Martín, which you must go up to reach the following point of the route.
13. Pronillo Quarter
To reach the Pronillo Quarter you must go up to the Glorieta de los Osos. The route goes past the Grupo Amaro, of working-class origin, and the judicial headquarters of Las Salesas. Once you are there you can visit the rooms of the Traída de Aguas (Water Museum) which hold an exhibition explaining the history of the city’s water supply from 1874 to date and the cycle followed by the water.
This medieval tower which was remodelled in the 15th century has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest. It is currently the headquarters of the Fundación Santander Creativa, one of the most important cultural centres of Santander.
15. Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla
From the Palacio, go down Calle de la Rosa and you will come to the Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, one of the best medical centres in Spain. It was founded in 1929 and originated by popular request thanks to the sponsorship of Ramón Pelayo, the Marqués de Valdecilla, to replace the former Hospital de San Rafael. From the outset it became a centre of reference thanks to its innovations in the study of medicine.
Also known as Coso de Cuatro Caminos, it was inaugurated in 1890 with a capacity of 11,700 people. Designed by Alfredo de la Escalera, it is 51 metres in diameter and has two terraces. Above the upper part there is an arcade of Neo-Mudejar style decorated with the branding irons and brands of the main Spanish bull ranches.
17. México Market and Plaza de México
A tribute to locals who emigrated to Mexico and made good there, this plaza also contains the food market of the same name.
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