Santander brings together relaxed, beach resort vibes and buzzing, contemporary urban spaces. The mid-sized Spanish city is easy to access via the nearby airport. Although Santander is busiest during the summer, some airlines offer flights year-round, so those who prefer a quieter vacation have the flexibility to visit out of season.
Flights arrive at Seve Ballesteros Santander Airport, which is just 3.7 miles from the centre of Santander. Public buses connect the airport with the city. These are provided by Transporte de Cantabria and depart every 30 minutes. The public bus stop can be found by turning right as you depart from the terminal and walking around to the side of the building. The bus journey into town should take just 15 minutes.
Travellers from the UK will find direct flights to Santander provided by Ryanair, departing year-round from London Stansted and Edinburgh. Iberia and British Airways also offer relatively short indirect flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick – these usually have a stopover in Madrid. Other carriers offering flights from around Europe include Vueling, which flies from Barcelona, and Wizz Air which flies seasonally from Bucharest.
At any time of year, there are direct flights to Santander from the UK, thanks to Ryanair, who provide a regular low-cost service. As such, it’s easy to plan a quick, sunny getaway, even at the last minute. Santander also makes a great stopping point on a longer trip to Spain. Flights from Madrid take just over an hour, so if you’d like to take in the Spanish capital and get some beach time in too, a quick diversion to Santander is just the ticket.
In Spain’s bigger, splashier resort towns there’s a danger of heading out for the night, only to be surrounded by other tourists from back home. Santander is still off the beaten tourist track, so when you head out, you can do like the locals do. Be sure to visit Plaza de Cañadío, which always comes to life after dark. Like the rest of the city, the Plaza is easy to reach on a local TUS bus. Or you might prefer to grab a bike from the TUS bike sharing system. TUSbic bike racks are installed all around the local area.
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