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.
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.
Â Location of the start of the walk
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.
Rose Garden in Parque de Matalenas
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.
Playa de los Molinucos
A bit further along is Playa de Matalenas.
Playa de Matalenas
The Cabo Mayor lighthouse was built in the 1830s.
The path to Faro de Cabo Mayor
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.