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Favorite thing: Santander is built on a hilly peninsula, which means that the sea is always present, be it the calm waters of the Bay of Santander, or the fierce open sea of the Bay of Biscay.
The city is long and narrow and most of the streets are very steep. Luckily, the majority of the sights of interest for the tourist are at sea level. The historical core of the city was entirely rebuilt after the 1941 fire and does not have many attractions. The Western part of the city is basically occupied by residential developments with little or none artistic value, so you will spend most of your time to the East of the City Hall.
Lining the port, the Paseo de Pereda and Paseo de Castelar are two elegant avenues where Santanderinos and tourists love to stroll. From the Festival Hall, a long and scenic road connects the centre of the city with el Sardinero neighbourhood, which has some of the best beaches in the city. This area is usually very crowded in Summer, but much quieter in the colder months.
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