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Santander is the capital of Cantabria. It is situated on a beautiful bay and it is an economically extremely active place. Santander's port is one of the most important ones on Spain's northern coast.

The city offers a wide variety of cultural events, of which the International Festival and the Menendez y Pelayo International Summer University are the most important. Santander's great sports facilities make it an ideal place for leisure.

There are many hotels and restaurants in Santander. The city is 340 km north of Madrid.

Several kilometers from Santander are the interesting medieval town Santillana del Mar and the prehistoric caves of Altamira. Other sights in the surroundings of Santander include the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Valverde and the Parque Nacional de Cabarceno, where you will find animals from five continents in an outstanding and singular landscape.


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