I’d been keen to visit Santander in northern Spain for ages. Ryanair made this possible, as they now fly from Edinburgh to Santander. Our flights in mid May 2013 cost Â£54 returnÂ including all fees and charges, taking only hand luggage and paying by debit card,
Santander Old Town
We stayed at the 4 star Hotel Silken Rio Santander which cost Â£51 a night for bed and breakfast in a double deluxe sea view room, booked through ebookers using a 15% discount code..This was a great deal, as I saw the room on other hotel booking sites for well over Â£500, sometimes as a non-refundable rate.
View from room at the Hotel Silken Rio Santander
That was total of Â£232.50 per person for the flight and seven nights bed and breakfast in a sea view room in a four star hotel; excellent value for money.
The beaches around Santander were beautiful. My husband took his wetsuit so he could go swimming, as the water was still pretty cool.
Peligros Beach in Santander
We enjoyed the 13 Euro set menu at the El Parque Restaurant.
Me at the El Parque Restaurant in Santander
You can walk for miles along Santander prom. If you prefer to move a bit faster, there are lots of bicycle hire points dotted around the city.
Bicycle hire point on Santander prom
We explored the Magdalena Peninsula in Santander which as a small marine park, a Museum of the Sea and a Palace.
One of my favourite places in Santander was the rose garden in Parque de Matalenas.
Parque de Matalenas rose garden
From Parque de Matalenas you can walk to Faro de Cabo Mayor.
Faro de Cabo Mayor