Santander, with its lush green countryside, magnificent beaches and rich Cantabrian history, makes an ideal getaway for a weekend break in Spain. You'll soon discover the reason why this port city, beside the gorgeous El Sardinero seafront, was the chosen locale for King Alfonso XIII’s summer residence – Palacio de la Magdalena. The gold-tinged beaches of Playa Somo and Playa de Sardinero Magdalena Peninsula, on the cool and calm waters of Spain’s northern coast, are places to indulge in lazy tanning sessions. The Club Nautico la Horadada offers a wide range of water sports which are particularly thrilling if you love being in, around or under the water. By the time the sun casts off its spectacular glow, the action moves to Calle Vargas and Calle San Fernando, areas famous for their delectable tapas. As the horizon begins to darken, the bars and lounges in Plaza de Cañadío light up in the liveliest of fashions, making it the ultimate place to engage in evening merrymaking during your weekend trip.