Santander – The Royal Heart of Spain


Santander is famous for its beaches, parks, and iconic royal palace. It is the capital of Cantabria, a region located in the north of Spain, an area called “Green Spain”.  After a fire ravaged the historical district of this city of northern Spain in 1941, it has become a fine example of combining heritage with modernity. The distance from Madrid to Santander  is 211 miles.  The Seve Ballesteros-Santander Airport (IATA: SDR), also popularly called Parayas Airport, is a Spanish international airport located five kilometers from Santander (Cantabria).

Santander is also an amazing place to hold MICE events!  Here are some great venues to consider:

The Palacio de la Magdalena is a palace located on the Magdalena Peninsula of the city of Santander, Cantabria, Spain. It was built between 1909 and 1911, by popular subscription, to house the Spanish Royal Family.

The Peninsula of La Magdalena offers three privileged spaces to organize events: The Palace of La Magdalena, Stables, and La Campa.

The Palacio de La Magdalena offers a perfect combination of tradition and modernity, its monumental aspect contrasts with the modernity of its facilities for university courses during the summer and for holding large events throughout the year. Since its restoration in 1995, the Palacio de La Magdalena has hosted events of great importance such as the Spanish French Summit and the meeting of EU Tourism Ministers.

The Centro Botín is an arts center designed by Pritzker Prize-winner architect Renzo Piano, in co-authorship with Luis Vidal + Architects. It is located in a privileged part of Santander and uses a broader urban intervention to integrate the city center and the historic Pereda Gardens with the Bay.

The building has a total built-up area spanning 8,739 m², which is made up of two blocks, connected by a structure of squares and the walkways known as – “the pachinko”.

The west block is dedicated to art, with two exhibition rooms measuring a total of 2,500 m2; and the east block is for cultural and educational activities, boasting an auditorium for 300 people, classrooms, workspaces, and a rooftop terrace to enjoy the breathtaking views of Santander and its Bay.

The Eurostars Hotel Real, located in front of Playa de los Peligros, overlooks Santander Bay from the top of the hill on which it stands, surrounded by its own gardens and enjoying the quietest and most emblematic area of ​​the city, between the old town and El Sardinero.

The Eurostars Hotel Real is also the best setting for the celebration of weddings, family, and corporate events. It has more than half a dozen private rooms to adapt to any type of event.

The Silken Coliseum is in a newly built building with a unique façade and modern facilities. It is located on the site of a former cinema, which gives a special charm to their rooms, cafeteria, reception, restaurant, and halls for events and celebrations, whose names honor film classics. Because of this and in tribute to the art of film, their function rooms are named after Ben-Hur, Candilejas [Limelight], Casablanca, and E.T.

Santander remains one of the most luxurious sea-side towns in the whole of Spain. Bring your MICE attendees to the ‘Royal Heart of Spain’ so they can experience its elegance and breath-taking landscapes!

Contact the Spain Convention Bureau or Santander Convention Bureau.

For further information, please contact the Tourist Office of Spain

* Photos courtesy of Turespaña


Julie Surrey is a Partner at Creative Planette and is a seasoned professional in the events industry. Ms. Surrey started blogging actively in 2010 and writes industry specific pieces for i-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events.


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