In Northern Spain’s Cantabria region, there lies an area largely unspoiled by tourists with continuous green valleys and beautiful beaches that hug the coastline. Basically rebuilt after a fire in 1941, Santander, the seaside capital, cannot be compared to your typical historic Spanish town. And although its visitors may not see the old-world charm evident in other Spanish towns, they will certainly experience the town’s unique character, culture, and natural beauty.
This is a time of great growth and development for Santander. Along with the golden, sandy beaches of El Sardinaro and its tree-lined ‘Paseo de Pereda’ promenade to its impressive plazas, is its newest niche in cultural space, Centro Botin (Botin Art Center). Centro Botin has made Cantabria one of the most important cultural centers on the Cantabrian coast, attracting both tourists and businesses to the region. Designed by Renzo Piano and located in the Pereda Gardens, the recently opened Centro Botin is a space dedicated to art and creativity. Overlooking the waterfront, it is divided into two areas, one for art and the other for culture and training. On the art side, it’s home to a permanent art collection as well as temporary exhibits. As for the training and culture, it boasts of two large exhibition halls, a 300-person auditorium, classrooms, work area, shopping and El Muelle Restaurant run by renowned Chef Jesús Sánchez, where visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and even afternoon tea with live music and a great view of the sea and the gardens.
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