Santander is the capital of Spain belonging Autonomous Community of Cantabria in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. About a third of Cantabrians live in Santander. The city is a popular seaside resort in northern Spain, whose numerous sandy beaches attracts many tourists are mostly Spanish. In particular, in the district El Sardinero there are several extensive sandy beaches. The beaches offer, depending on weather conditions, the ability to surf. In El Sardinero are also the casino and the Campos de Sport de El Sardinero, the stadium of the football club Racing Santander.
At the upstream Peninsula “La Magdalena” is a 1912 for King Alfonso XIII. built castle, which now include the International University Menéndez Pelayo is housed. This university is a university summer. Another goal is to teach the Spanish language and culture to foreign students. Therefore, the university has a second campus. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the 1972 founded University of Cantabria. She has about 12,000 students (2004), the largest university in Cantabria and offers a wide range of disciplines.