Poised on the Bay of Biscay’s most picturesque coves, Santander looks more like Scotland than Spain. Lush green hills are silhouetted by the jagged Picos de Europa mountain range. And indeed, a strong Celtic heritage, not to mention a maritime link to the United Kingdom, has infused its customs and style with a British flavor. Today, the small city maintains a refined cosmopolitan air and attracts a large share of the country’s highborn and high-earning citizenry with its golden beaches, cooling Atlantic breezes, and understated luxury.
A well-measured gin and tonic at Siboney, which offers views of the boats floating in Puerto Chico.
Exploring the fortress-like Catedral, which houses an 800-plus-year-old crypt that escaped destruction by a fire in 1941.
Seafood tapas prepared at the perennially hip neighborhood staple, Las Olas.
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