Barrio Pesquero y Castilla-Hermida (FISHING DISTRICT)

Travelling around the city

It is time to discover the least-known part of Santander, but which really deserves to be known: the harbour area of the city.


1. Passenger Terminal
Santander is a city with a long tradition of passenger transport. Built in 1971, it is characterised by the curved lines of its roof, emulating the waves in the sea. Today, around 150,000 people pass through this station every year.

2. Cabo Machichaco Monument
Opposite the terminal, this tribute to the victims of the explosion of the Cabo Machichaco ship in 1893 is located. A fire in the ship caused the tragedy, which in spite of all the efforts by the firemen, ended up killing over 500 people and injuring 2,000.

3. Castilla-Hermida
This is the least touristic part of Santander, but it is well worth getting to know it. The district is peppered with small shops and bars where you can take a break. The Provincial Historic Archive and the Central Library may be found here.

4. Provincial Historic Archive and Central Library of Cantabria
This building was constructed in 1900; it was a warehouse until 1986. After its refurbishment, it was chosen to house the Central Library and the Historic Archive. It regularly holds exhibitions and cultural activities.

5. Varadero and Sala Naos
Opposite the Tabacalera building, you can walk among the stalls and old sheds located around the Calle Varadero. Here you will find the Sala Naos, a cultural centre that hosts contemporary art shows.

6. Barrio Pesquero
Building work started on this district in 1943, when the fishermen who lived and worked in Puertochico moved here. You will know when you have reached it when you see the mural on one of the buildings close to a small square. Here you will be able to try the best fish and shellfish in the area’s restaurants and taverns.

7. Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen
The patron saint of fishermen, this parish was organised by the parish priest Alberto Pico, who died in 2014. He was very well-loved throughout the city for his work with the most underprivileged people.

8. Maliaño Dock
Usually, a great deal of fishing gear is left here to be repaired by the net-menders.

9. Fish Market
It is characterised by its parabolic curved roof. The first floor is used for offices and the ground floor for displaying the fish and the auction.