Santona is one of the oldest and typical fishing village of Cantabria.

It is located in the east, on the left bank of the river mouth Ason, at the foot of the imposing Mount Buciero and next to the humid plains that form the Natural Park of the Marshes of Santona, Victoria and Jewel.

The protection of the great mountain limestone face the onslaught of Biscay and became cold winds from the outset to Santoña in a ideal location for sea-related activities, both civilian and military.

From the rich history of craft, fishing and naval testify the many places that visitors can enjoy.

Historia de la villa

With some 12,000 inhabitants, the village offers both urban vitality as delicious natural landscapes.

You can make the most varied activities in a radius of posting really small.

Although there is evidence of occupation of the area in the Paleolithic, the current goes back directly to Santoña early medieval monastery of Santa Maria del Puerto, the legacy remains today as the attractive church of the same name, which brings together elements in Romanesque and Gothic architecture and GOTHIC contributions and flamenco carvings and altarpieces.

Heritage of historic significance as a place Santoña outstanding for coastal defense fortifications are three: the forts of San Martín, at the end of the Passage or promenade, the Fort San Carlos, closer to the mouth of the bay, and the STRONG’S GAVEL or “Napoleon”, located in the Buciero and offers superb views across the territory.

Also, the significance of the place is marked by two beacons of undoubted charm: the Fisherman, beside the beautiful Playa de Berria and HORSE, with a rapid access of nearly 800 stone steps.

Being surrounded by forest, marsh and estuary, Santoña is virtually an island on the mainland. This geographical reality has served to provide a strong personality Santoña, sees the intense character of its people and the popular support for their traditions.

As good fishing town, Santoña meets hospitality and gastronomic offer extraordinary level, present in both the Promenade and in the central Plaza de San Antonio and surrounding areas.

In terms of possible sports and leisure activities, Santoña provides a very wide range of options: kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, parasailing, water skiing, nautical modalities (with spring sports), hiking, mountain biking, rowing, fishing , canoeing, horse riding, swimming, quad biking, watching migratory birds, bullfights …

Events and Fiestas of Tourist Interest

Santona is famous for its carnival, Fiesta of National Tourist Interest animated crowd of supporters clubs and brass bands to liven up the streets of the town until the trial in the Bottom of the Sea and the definitive burial of seabream.

Also, the Fair anchovy, cultural and gastronomic nature, since this sector santoñesa industry, created a century ago, is the world’s largest of its kind. Very popular is the flea market on Saturdays, which attracts thousands of people across the region.

The locality, near the local color of its bullring (1907), its port area and its promenade, good historical examples of civil architecture, such as the Palace of the Duke and Marquis Santoña Manzanedo (c. 1870), the Institute of the Marquis of Manzanedo (1871), the Palace of the Marquises of Chiloeches (XVIIth century), Casa Palacio de Castañeda (Princ. XX century) and several monuments, among which the one dedicated to marine and cartographer Juan santoña de la Cosa, author in 1500 of the first world map.

There is no doubt that a great time to visit Santoña, carnivals apart is their festival of the first half of September, dedicated to the Virgen del Puerto. On the 7th of the month takes place spectacular maritime procession, in which the largest fleet of Cantabria surf the bay following the flagship, carrying the revered statue of the patron.

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