It’s time to explore the least known part of Santander which is well worth the effort: the port area of the city.
1. Ferry Terminal
Santander is a city with a long tradition of passenger transport. The terminal was built in 1971 and is known for its curved roof emulating the waves of the sea; nowadays some 150,000 people use it every year.
2. Cabo Machichaco Monument
Opposite the terminal stands this tribute to the victims of the ship Cabo Machichaco in 1893. A fire on board caused the tragedy, which despite the efforts of the firemen left over 500 people dead and 2,000 injured.
This is the least touristy part of Santander but it is well worth getting to know it. The quarter is dotted with small shops and bars in which you can take a break. Here you will find the Provincial Historical Archive and the Central Library.
This building was built in 1900 and was a warehouse until 1986. After its renovation it was chosen to house the Central Library and the Historical Archive. It frequently holds exhibitions and other cultural activities.
5. Varadero and Naos Hall
Opposite the Tabacalera building you can stroll among the sheds and old warehouses in the vicinity of Calle Varadero. Here you will find the Naos Hall, a cultural centre that holds exhibitions of contemporary art.
6. Barrio Pesquero (Fishing Quarter)
Its construction began in 1943, when the fishermen who lived and worked at Puertochico moved here. You will know you have arrived when you see the mural of one of the buildings near a small plaza. Here you can sample the best fish and shellfish in its restaurants and pubs.
7. Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen
This parish church of the patron of fishermen was run by the priest Alberto Pico who died in 2014; he was well loved all over the city for his work with the destitute.
8. Maliaño Dock
A large amount of fishing tackle is habitually left here for repair by the women netmakers.
9. Fish Market
It is characterised by its roof with parabolic curves. The first floor is used for offices and the ground floor for displaying the fish and the auction.
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