This route will show you a different Santander far from the usual circuit. It runs through the Canalejas Quarter as far as the Finca Altamira, very steep districts with views and twists and turns.
1. El Gurugú
From the north gate of the Palacio de Festivales, cross the street, go down the side street, and turn slightly to the right until you find some steps. At this point you will see a great variety of decorations and charming spots made by a former sailor called ‘Gringo’ which give a touch of colour and originality to the district.
Climb the steps of El Gurugú until you come to the Paseo de Canalejas, a wide street on a steep slope. If you turn left you will see the Calasanz School, which was used as a Hospital de Sangre and the barracks of the Legión Condor during the Civil War. If on the contrary you go up to the right you will come to the Miranda Market.
3. Miranda Market
Located in a small building of 1912, it was a traditional market until recently. Today after a complete restoration it is a cultural centre.
4. Camino and Tetuán Quarters
At the back of the Miranda Market go down the main street of the Camino Quarter; the best thing is for you to lose yourself in the streets that link the quarter to the Paseo de Canalejas and the latter to Tetuán. It is in this area that fishermen lived before they were transferred to the Fishing Quarter. There are many small traditional shops and bars. At the end of the street you will see the La Sardinera statue, a tribute to all the women who sold here the produce disembarked in Puertochico.
5. Walk of Fame
Located in the Tetuán Quarter, it was inaugurated on 31st January 2015. You will find the stars of the most important Cantabrian personages.
6. Doctor Madrazo Cultural Centre
Located in Calle Casimiro Sainz, this former supply market is now a cultural centre with a library, Internet access, exhibitions, and conferences.
Formerly an area of fishermen, today its business and leisure activity is intense.
This is one of the main arteries of Puertochico and is ideal for a stroll or having a drink with views of the bay.
9. Calle del Sol
It begins where Calle Tetuán ends. It is a very special street with numerous galleries and villas as well as bars which are very popular with the people of Santander.
10. San Simón-Entrehuertas
Losing yourself in these streets is another way of getting to know the other Santander. But we warn you; it’s all uphill.
If in the end the slopes have tired you, hop on the Funicular of the Río de la Pila. We recommend getting off at the last stop to appreciate a panoramic view of the city.
12. Río de la Pila
Its name is due to the spring that descended the hillside and flowed into the sea. It was this area that saw in the 1970s and 1980s the emergence of la marejada, a movement that ranged from punk to techno-pop. Nowadays it is one of the most popular places for enjoying Santander nightlife.
13. Universidad de Cantabria Assembly hall
Located in Calle Sevilla, it habitually holds exhibitions, conferences, and book launches.
It is characterised by its intense cultural activities: its programme includes concerts, talks, and exhibitions.
15. La Atalaya
This hill linked the city centre to the defensive construction that watched over the arrival of ships in Santander. It also witnessed the movement of the women who came to the plaza to sell the products from their vegetable gardens.
16. General Dávila
Previously known as El Alta because it occupied the highest part of the hill on which a large part of the city is established. It is of military origin as it was marked out on the occasion of the war with the French by Marshall Pignatelli so as to transport arms easily to the forts which were built here, such as that which is nowadays the Centro Cívico María Cristina or the Isabel II Fort and the López Baños Fort which no longer exist.
This area needed to be given strong protection as the remainder of the city could be attacked from here. From Calle General Dávila at the end of Cuesta de La Atalaya you will come to Finca Altamira, a centre with special services for senior citizens which has sustainable social allotments. A little further on stand the Ataúlfo Argenta and Jesús de Monasterio Conservatoires.
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