- Santander, Cantabria
native_name = Santander
spanish_name = Santander
image_flag_size = 115px
image_coat_of_arms = City of Santander, Spain Coat of arms (Oficial version).png
image_coat_of_arms_size = 90px
image_city_map_size = 255px
image_city_map_caption = Location of Santander
native_language = Spanish
community = Cantabria
community_link = Cantabria
province = Cantabria
province_link = Cantabria
comarca = Santander Bay
comarca_link = Santander Bay
mayor = Íñigo de la Serna
political_party = PP
political_party_link = People's Party
area = 35
altitude = 0-15
population = 182.926
date-population = 2007
density = 5.226
date-density = 2007
website = http://portal.ayto-santander.es/
postal_code = 39.0XX
The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community of
Cantabriasituated on the north coast of Spainbetween Asturias(to the west) and the Basque Country (to the east). Population in 2007was about 184,000. Just over a third of Cantabrians live in Santander. The city is the home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santander.
Roman Empire, the town was known as Portus Victoriae Iuliobrigensium. Its present name is derived from St Emeterio("Santemter, Santenter, Santander"), a martyr whose head was brought there in the 3rd century, along with that of St Celedonio, according to legend. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13458d.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Santander ] ]
1187, King Alfonso VIII made the abbotof San Emeterio lord of the town, and in 1248Santander participated in the battle for Seville, receiving a coat of arms as reward.
The city owes its existence to the excellent harbour of the
Bay of Santander. Santander was an important port for Castile in the later Middle Ages, and also for trade with the New World. It officially became a city in 1755.
1893the freighter " Cabo Machichaco" exploded in the harbor, killing 500 people. In the early 1900's Santander became the favored summer residence of King Alfonso XIII, who built the Palacio de la Magdalenaas the residence of the royal familyduring the holidays. The city gained great popularity from this and from the Victorian enthusiasm for sea bathingand it remains popular with the Spanish for beach holidays today.
Great Fire of 1941
Santander fell victim to a great fire in 1941. Fanned by a strong
south wind, the fire burned for two days. There was only one casualty, a firefighterkilled in the line of duty, but thousands of families were left homelessand the city was plunged into chaos.
As of 2004, Santander has a population of 183,800. The number has remained fairly steady since 1981. Spain's low fecundityrate and aging population have combined with rising immigrationfigures to keep the population growth fairly stagnant. Nevertheless, the Santander conurbationcontinues to sprawl as young families move away from the high cost of livingin the heart of the city.demography 7col|510px| 1981| 1986| 1991| 1996| 2000| 2004| 2006
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Today Santander remains a popular tourist destination. It is renowned for its mild, (though rainy) climate.
* Next to the Sardinero beach is a European style
Sardinerobeaches are nice urban beaches, certain parts of which are popular among local surfers.
Plaza de Cañadíois a very popular place to start a night of drinking. The Plaza immediately borders seven different bars, and many other taverns are close by.
* There are many interesting shops at the
Cuatro Caminosand the area bordering the Ayuntamiento
University of Cantabriais the largest university in Cantabria.
Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo(UIMP) specializes in teaching foreigners about Spanish language and culture
* [http://www.webcamsantander.com Webcams de Santander y Cantabria ] — Live webcams Santander and Cantabria.
* [http://portal.ayto-santander.es/ Ayuntamiento de Santander ] — Official website of the Santander
* [http://www.cantabria102municipios.com/santander/santander/descripcion_general.htm Santander] - Cantabria 102 Municipios
* [http://www.gobcantabria.es/pls/interportal/url/page/inet/servicios/webcam Webcam en Puertochico] — Live webcam of Santander's
* [http://tiempo.fiochi.com Tiempo y webcam de Santander desde El Sardinero] — Live webcam and weather station at Sardinero beach
* [http://www.cantabria102municipios.com Municipios de Cantabria, incluyendo Santander] —All the cities and villages in Cantabria, incluiding Santander: History, Demography and more exhaustive information
* [http://www.rutasporcantabria.com/santander_pictures.php Pictures of Santander] — More than 100 photos of this city.
* [http://www.rutasporcantabria.com/santander Santander, rutas y monumentos] — Touristic routes, museums, monuments...
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