Located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay, Santander (pop. 180,000) is recognized as one of Spain's most elegant cities, boasting unsurpassable beaches, picturesque landscapes, and delectible seafood.
Surf's up! A popular surfing destination in Spain, students have the opportunity to take surfing lessons at the Escuela Cantabra de Surf.
Get outdoors! The adventuresome can join the hike along the Camino de Santiago (religious pilgrimage) or scale the Picos de Europa, a nearby mountain range that received its name for being the first sight of Europe for Spanish ships coming in from the Americas.
Endless summer! Several festivals take place during the summer months, including grandiose displays of fireworks over the ocean, bonfires on the beach, and afternoon dips in the bay. Students can witness unique Spanish celebrations and immerse themselves in the Cantabrian lifestyle in this gorgeous city off the beaten path.
Perfect for... Outdoor enthusiasts and those wishing to improve their Spanish language skills in an often overlooked location.
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