Santander is the capital of Cantabria and has spread out along the sea throughout its history. Its port and its seafaring nature have conditioned its urban features and its elongated shape in search of water. It has been built on hills and its steep slopes, known locally by the adjective of pindias, have also influenced the shaping of the various different quarters. Local affection for the bay, the only one in the north of Spain to face south, has forged a unique personality full of contrasts.
In recent years the capital of Cantabria has also been able to boast that it has become an important point of reference for culture thanks to a busy agenda that attracts many visitors throughout the year.
Climate: The weather in Santander is characterised by its mild temperatures (between 25 °C in summer and 10 °C in winter).
Currency: The euro, in common use in many countries of the European Union.
Accessibility: The streets of Santander are more and more accessible to all citizens. The improvements in the quarters by means of urban renovation projects are complemented by the minor actions of the Urban Observer Programme. All traffic lights have devices for the visually handicapped and more and more taxis are being adapted.