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Peninsula of Magdalena, Santander

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Jutting out into the emerald Bay of Santander, Peninsula of Magdalena contains the Palacio de la Magdalena palace and gardens and two clean beaches for your lazing pleasure. Head to the peninsula's small zoo to glimpse penguins and seals. Check out the full-scale reproduction of the Santa María, one of Columbus’ ships that sailed to the New World. Paths offer views of dramatic cliffs over the Cantabrian Sea. Alternatively, a small train circles the peninsula, delivering the same vistas with significantly less effort. Make Peninsula of Magdalena part of your personalized Santander itinerary using our Santander vacation builder.
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  • I have decided to walk to Palacio de la Magdalena. You can take the route (a) along the beach or (b) along the road. Option (a) took about 45 min to get to the palace. I did not spot the sign so misse...  more »
  • This location is a must see with lovely views, good play ground and a few places to catch your breath.  more »
  • Beautiful parkland with amazing sea views, interesting historical maritime information and lovely to see the seals and penguins.  more »

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For views over the water and a wide selection of restaurants, consider staying near the Puerto Chico, or "little port," area. Lodging on the historical Camino de Santiago en Santander street puts you in the path of many of the city's walking tours. The streets that jut off Alameda de Oviedo are full of markets, cafes, and shops that put you in the middle of activity.
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