“DISCOVERING EACH OTHER”SPAINCANTABRIASANTANDER
Some facts about us Official name: Kingdom of Spain. Capital city: Madrid. Population: 47 million people. Currency: euro. Official Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque. Government: Spain is a democracy. It is a constitutional monarchy. Thehead of state is King Juan Carlos I. We have a bicameral parliament , with acongress and a senate. The head of the government is Mariano Rajoy. The country is divided in 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomouscities (Ceuta and Melilla). One of this regions or autonomus communities isCantabria. Spain became a member of the European Union on 1stJanuary 1986.
Where is Santander?Santander is the capital ofCantabria, a region situated inthe north of Spain.
Means of transport.You can come to Santander by…Plane: there are domestic andinternational flightstrainFerry from the south of EnglandBus. This is the bus station.
SantanderOur city has about 178,000 inhabitants.It is a city by the sea with a beautiful bay and some nicebeaches.In 1941 a great fire destroyed most of the old part of thecity, that’s why there aren’t many old buildings in it.
Some interesting places and buildings in the cityThe bay, pereda street and gardens
Some interesting places and buildings in the cityMaritime museumCathedralPost officeTown hall
Some interesting places and buildings in the cityFootball stadium and sports palaceEsperanza market Porticada squareConcert hall
The Palace of La Magdalena is the mostemblematic building of the city . it is situated atthe highest point of the Magdalena Peninsulaand surrounded by a public park.Built between 1908 and 1912 as a present to theRoyal family, it celebrates its 100 anniversarythis year. it was the summer residence of theRoyal family for some years. In 1977 it was soldback to the city.Today, the Palace is the venue for congressesand meetings and Summer headquarters of theprestigious Menéndez Pelayo InternationalUniversity.Palace and Peninsula of La Magdalena
Sardinero and City BeachesSardinero is the beach area of the city. In the summer it is always crowded.This beach is called “Camel beach”. Can you guess why?
Cantabria• Cantabria is one of the autonomous communities in Spain with a population of about590,000 people.• Fishing, agriculture, some industries and tourism play an important role in oureconomy.• Its landscapes is made up of beaches, mountains and inland valleys.
WeatherThe weather is quite mild, neither too cold nor too hot, with averagetemperatures of 12ºC in winter and 23º in Summer; except in themountians where it snows and temperatures are much colder. We get quitea lot of rain, that’s why everything is green.The map shows a typical spring or autumn day in Cantabria.
What canyou visit inCantabria?Towns and villages.Prehistoric caves.Beaches.Natural parks.
Towns and villagesTorrelavega, the 2nd largest town in Cantabria and Reinosa aretwo industrial towns.
Towns and villages by the seaAll along the coast you can find fishing towns and villages, nowadays touristdestinations too, such as…Santoña, in the west, well-known forthe production of anchoviesSanVicentede laBarqueraSuancesComillaswith itsmodernistarchitecture
Towns and villagesIf you want to see examples of traditional architecture (stone houses, woodenbalconies and red roofs), these are some of the places you can’t miss.Santillana del Mar.Bárcena MayorPotes, in thePicos deEuropamountain area
Prehistoric caves.Cantabria is the richest region inthe world in archaeological sitesfrom the Upper Paleolithic. One ofthe most important ones isAltamira Cave. Inhabited between22,000 and14,000 BC, it hasincredible paintings of bisons anddeer dated between 16,000 and9,000BCWorld heritage site by UNESCOsince 1985, in 2003, 17 morecaves, 9 of them in Cantabriawere included on this list as Caveof Altamira and Paleolithic CaveArt of Northern Spain. The cavesare inscribed as masterpieces ofcreative genius and as thehumanity’s earliest accomplishedart.The cave is closed to visitor to protect the paintings, but you can visit itsreproduction in the nearby Altamira museum.The other caves with painting are open to the public.Altamira Cave
CavesThis cave was discovered at thebeginning of the 20thcentury when the mines of LaFlorida were being operated. It isconsidered to be one of thegreatest wonders of geology,and a true paradise for potholers(eccentrics, stalactites,stagmalites, gorges, columns,cave pearls, etc.)El Soplao Cave
Mountains, Valleys andNatural ParksThe largest protected area in Spain, with700 km 2spread between 3 regions:Cantabria, Asturias and León. Thehighest mountains of the regions arehere. (Torre Blanca (2,615 m). There arebeech and oak forests, as well asseveral species of animals in danger ofextinction (brown bear and grousemostly), and others like chamois, deer,wild boar and wolf.Picos de Europa
Mountains, Valleys andNatural ParksNature at its best inthe Saja-Besayanature parkPas Valley
CANTABRIAhttp://youtu.be/QPMYFyiiuUwIf you click on the link below you can watch a short video in English about ourregion made by the Cantabria tourist board.We would love to show you some of these places when you come to visit us.You can also watch a video with images of the region and listen to a modernfolk song by a group from Cantabria called Tanea. The name of the song isViento del norte “North Wind”. In this video they sing with Victor Manuel,afamous singer songwriter.http://youtu.be/YUtg0_FvMto