Santander is situated in the region of Cantabria in the north of the Iberian Peninsula amongst the communities of Castile and León, Asturias and the Basque Country. It is a beautiful and unspoiled region of rough terrain, marked by high mountains such as the Picos de Europa, broad valleys hugging a cliff-lined coast and a series of river estuaries.
Weather in Santander
Santander has often been described as Spain’s most elegant city with its extraordinary landscape overlooking the Bay of Biscay. The climate throughout much of the year is rainy, so the area is covered with lush green trees and rolling green hills which surround the city. It is often referred to as the Costa Verde and with this green backdrop Santander’s beaches are truly natural spaces, offering both small and large sandy beaches, some sheltered from the wind with calm waters and others open to the bay with more surf.
The climate is very mild and humid throughout the year with an average temperature of 66ºF in August and 49ºF in December. If you want to spend time sunbathing and relaxing on the beach, Santander is probably not the ideal place for you because summer usually only lasts from mid June to mid September (and May might be still be a bit chilly). It gets cold at night so bring a jacket and make sure that you have some warm clothes, good and comfortable shoes for exploring the area and some sun block.
Choosing a Car
The weather in Santander can be warm and humid enough for you to put the air conditioning on during the spring and autumn months. Most of the hire cars come with it for a small amount extra, and if you are visiting Spain over the summer months we strongly recommend that you get an air cooled car.