The port city of Santander is the capital of the historical region and autonomous community of Cantabria located on the north coast of Spain. The city lies west of Bilbao and east of Gijon, and has a population of around 178,500 inhabitants (2013 census) who occupy an area of 35 km2 (14 ml2). Santander is home to the headquarters of Banco Santander, and is also the location of the founding of namesake company. The restaurants and bars of the old town are well known with tourists, as well as El Sardinero beach which is a couple of kilometres away.
As a service centre at regional level, the city of Santander contains major public institutions as well as private organisations with many employees, including the University of Cantabria, Grupo Santander, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital. Activities related to leisure, tourism and culture are an important part of its economy, and the municipal and regional authorities look to increase the summer tourist trade via additional offerings, such as conferences, conventions, cultural festivals and cruises.
Currently the rise in port activity, growing value-added traffic (containers and vehicles of mostly solids and liquids) for storage that requires a lot of already scarce ground, as well as insufficient depth for larger ships, is forcing Port Authority to think over the long-term construction of new port outside the bay. On June 29, 2005 Santander celebrated its 250th anniversary of granting of the "City" title.
Santander boasts great cultural activity, with events playing an important role in city's social life. UIMP is a prime international summer university which organizes large-scale festivals of music and dance. FIS (Festival Internacional de Santander), FiMÓC (Festival Internacional de Música de Órgano), Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition and Encuentro de Música y Academia are main cultural events.
Highlights: Cathedral, Santillana del Mar, Altamira caves, Bilbao
The Santander cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Santander, Spain.
If you lose the Santander location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Santander cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Santander, Spain. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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5 October, 2017