Santander is the capital of the region of Cantabria in northern Spain, and is a popular summer beach getaway. Santander had 27 years of royal fame in the early 20th century, when it became a residence for King Alfonso XIII. Largely rebuilt after a 1941 fire, Santander has three main beaches. However, most visitors head for the smaller resort of El Sardinero, only one-and-a-half miles away. An alternative during high season is El Puntal, a beautiful beach only 15 minutes away by boat.
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