While spending holidays in this port town, it’s definitely worth making a stroll along the Pereda Boulevard named in honor of the famous Cantabrian writer. The boulevard stretches along the piers and features beautiful views of the harbor. Deep in the thick forests in the mountains near the town named Altamira is located a cave - a true monument of the prehistoric art. The walls of the cave are covered with paintings made by the representatives of ancient civilizations. It’s truly amazing how well they have portrayed the images of animals and fights for territory on the depressions, bumps and surface irregularities of the cave!
Lovers of cultural enrichment will find many free museums in Santander. These are the Museum of Fine Arts with its collection of Spanish paintings of XV-XX centuries; Maritime Museum, near the entrance of which is located a huge exhibit of marine life - the skeleton of a whale; you will also find rare items got from the sea bottom in this museum; Museum of Ancient History and Archeology of the Upper Paleolithic Time; Velarde Ethnographic Museum, which is a house built in XVII century recreating the atmosphere of a village hut; the underground tomb (peace) of Christ built between the XII-XIII centuries and located under the old Gothic cathedral. Santo Domingo and La Asuncion churches are true samples of Renaissance architecture.
In order to make the stay in the city even more comfortable, in Santander have been created beautiful beaches Madalena and Sardinero. You will also find here wonderful parks and places for active rest.
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