So you’ve made the decision to study abroad in the enchanting country of Spain — that was an easy choice. Now, you’re faced with the your next challenge: choose a city… Well, we here at SPI may be slightly biased, but we feel strongly that Santander is THE perfect destination. After reading the five reasons below, we dare you to disagree!
“No Pasa Nada!”
The phase “no pasa nada!” is, in many ways, the essence of the Spanish mentality. The phase, which doesn’t have an exact English equivalent, means approximately “not to worry” or “it’s no big deal.” Of course, every Spaniard is unique in personality, but you’ll find a sense of community, serenity, and general desire to enjoy life surrounded by friends and family penetrating the Spanish manera de ser.
Beach or Mountain Enthusiast? Both? Ok!
With both beach and mountains easily accessible in Santander, you get the best of both worlds…
Summertime in the city revolves around the beautiful golden playas del Sardinero that introduce the city to deep blue waters of the Bay of Biscay. Remember that “no pasa nada” mentality? Just check out these beaches on any summer day in Santander!
Fear not, a majestic mountainous escape isn’t too far way either! Spend the weekend exploring the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa with a cable car ride from the valley to the peaks of the mountain chain. Santander’s beauty is nothing short of breathtaking.
Let Your Spanish Set Sail!
Alright…forgive the corny pun. But seriously, being one of the most important ports along Spain’s northern coastline, the maritime culture in Santander is central to its identity and intrigue. Imagine sitting in a classroom at la Comandancia Naval de Santander gazing out the window at the scene below. Alright, ya basta!…time to focus on what your profesor de español is teaching you!
Food & Friends Every Evening!
In all of Spain, and especially in Santander, an afternoon isn’t complete without trying one (or five) of Santander’s renowned tapas while recounting your day’s adventures amongst friends. Paired with una coca or un fanta de limón, the tapas around the city are perfect to abrir el apetito before dinner with your homestay.
Majestic Beauty. Inspiring Culture. Home.
Forget the fact that Spanish royalty regarded Santander as, not only an important commerce hub for the country, but also a vacation destination fit for kings, queens and aristocrats. Forget that the Spanish cuisine you’ll consume throughout the city and at your homestay will keep your mouth watering long after your stay. Remember only that the people you’ll meet, the Spaniards you’ll befriend and the life-long memories you’ll cherish will make this inspiring city your Spanish home, guaranteed.