The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain between Asturias (to the west) and the Basque Country (to the east). Population in 2007 was about 184,000. Just over a third of Cantabrians live in Santander. The city is the home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santander.
Today Santander remains a popular tourist destination. It is renowned for its mild, (though rainy) climate.
* Next to the Sardinero beach is a European style casino. * The Sardinero beaches are nice urban beaches, certain parts of which are popular among local surfers. * The Plaza de Cañadío is a very popular place to start a night of drinking. The Plaza immediately borders seven different bars, and many other taverns are close by. * There are many interesting shops at the Cuatro Caminos and the area bordering the Ayuntamiento