Around Puertochico

Travelling around the city

On this route you will discover a different Santander, off the conventional route. A trip that goes through the Barrio de Canalejas to the Finca Altamira, steeply sloped areas with little passages and many nooks and crannies..

Puerto chico

1. El Gurugú
From the northern door of the Palacio de Festivales, cross the street and go into the turning, turn to your right slightly until finding some steps. At this point you will see a great variety of decorations and charming nooks made by a former sailor called ‘Gringo’, which bring a touch of colour and originality to the area.

2. Canalejas
Climb the Gurugú steps until you reach the Paseo de Canalejas, a large, very steep street. If you turn to the left, you will see the Calasanz school, used as a Blood Hospital and barracks of the Condor Legion during the Civil War. If, on the other hand you climb towards your right, you will reach the Mercado Miranda.

3. Mercado Miranda
Located in a small building from 1912, until recently it was a traditional market. Today, after a complete refurbishment, it is now a cultural centre.

4. Barrio Camino and Tetuán
At the rear of the Mercado Miranda, go down the main street of the Barrio Camino. Here, the best idea is to lose yourself among the streets that join the district to the Paseo de Canalejas and then to Tetuán. The fishermen lived in this area before they were moved to the Barrio Pesquero. There are many traditional little shops and taverns. At the end of the street you will be able to see ‘La Sardinera’, a tribute to all the women who sold the produce unloaded in Puertochico here.

5. Walk of Fame
Located in the Barrio de Tetuán, it was opened on the 31st of January, 2015. You will be able find the stars of the most significant Cantabrian celebrities.

6. Doctor Madrazo Cultural Centre
Located in Calle Casimiro Sainz, this wholesale food market is now a cultural centre housing a library, internet Access, exhibitions and conferences.

7. Puertochico
The former area of the fishermen, today it concentrates an intensive commercial and leisure activity.

8. Castelar
It is one of the main arteries of Puertochico, ideal for strolling along or having a drink looking out over the bay.

9. Calle del Sol
It starts at the end of Tetuán. It is a very special street, where the galleries and villas are plentiful, in addition to bars that are very popular amongst the people living in Santander.

10. San Simón-Entrehuertas
Losing yourself amongst these streets is another way to discover the other side of Santander. But a warning: they all climb steep slopes.

11. Cable car railway
If you end up by being tired of all the slopes, get on the Rio de la Pila Cablecar Railway. We recommend getting off at the last stop to be able to see the panoramic view of the city.

12. Río de la Pila
Its name is taken from the spring that flowed down the hillside and emptied into the sea. In this area, during the 1970s and 1980s, “la marejada” emerged, a musical movement that covered from punk to techno-pop. Today, it is one of the favourite areas to enjoy the Santander nightlife.

13.Paraninfo (Assembly Room) of the Universidad de Cantabria
Located in Calle Sevilla, exhibitions, conferences and book presentations are regularly held here.

14. Social and Cultural Action Centre (CASYC)
It is characterised by its intense cultural activity: concerts, talks or exhibitions.

15. La Atalaya
This slope connected the centre of the city to the defensive buildings from which the arrival of ships to Santander was watched. It was also a witness to the movement of the farmers who came to the square to sell the produce from their market gardens.