Walking to Faro de Cabo Mayor in Santander, Spain

One of the best walks around Santander is from the western end of Santander prom to the Faro de Cabo Mayer and Playa de Matalenas.

faro de cabo mayor sign at start of walk

Information board at the start of the walk

The start of the path isn’t that obvious. At the roundabout where Calle Dr Maranon and Calle Manuel Garcia Lago meet, you’ll see a row of shops and a cafe with seating behind a hedge. The path starts to the right of the cafe seating.

faro de cabo mayor start of path

 Location of the start of the walk

faro de cabo mayor looking towards santander

Looking back to Santander and Sardinero Beach

The emtrance to the rose garden in Parque de Matalenas is around 500 metres from the start of the walk.

faro de cabo mayor rose garden

Rose Garden in Parque de Matalenas

faro de cabo mayor looking back to santander

The paved path past the Parque de Matalenas

Just beyond the perimeter of Parque de Matalenas is Playa de los Molinucos. The path becomes a bit rougher in parts as you proceed.

faro de cabo mayor playa de molinucos

Playa de los Molinucos

A bit further along is Playa de Matalenas.

faro de cabo mayor playa de matalenas

Playa de Matalenas

The Cabo Mayor lighthouse was built in the 1830s.

faro de cabo mayor information board

The path to Faro de Cabo Mayor

faro de cabo mayor closeup

Approaching Faro de Cabo Mayor

We spent around three hours on the walk to Faro de Cabo Mayor. We had two long stops, at the rose garden and Molinucos Beach.