Car hire in Santander
Car hire Santander
Santander is situated on the north-western coast of Spain. The largest city in the province of Cantabria, it has a picturesque historic centre and plenty of beaches for visitors to enjoy. Its relaxed atmosphere, multitude of attractions and delicious cuisine make it the ideal place to head to for a week - or two.
What I need to know
Santander car hire is really easy, as you can choose vehicles from a number of different big-brand providers in and around the city. Use our dedicated site before you go to find a suitable vehicle at a great price. We also offer unbeatable round-the-clock support in case you need us.
Where to pick up my car
The city is serviced by the Seve Ballesteros Santander Airport (SDR), which is a five-km drive away. There are Santander car rental facilities at the hub, or you can pick up your vehicle at various nearby locations - check out our helpful map to find precise locations.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Having a hire car in Santander will offer you the freedom to really explore this wonderful region of Spain. You can head to the various golden sandy beaches for a day of sunbathing, or visit the local national parks for a spot of ecology. There are also plenty of resort cities where you can eat, drink and shop to your heart's content.
There's lots to see within easy reach of Santander, including El Sardinero around eight minutes' drive away with its laidback resort atmosphere and lighthouse. Around half an hour away is San Vicente de la Barquera, where you can watch fishermen return home and check out the Roman bridge. Don't miss Santona either, as it's popular with Spaniards as well as tourists.
If you fancy hitting the road from Santander, definitely head to Potes at the fringe of the Picos de Europa mountain range. There's also Santillana del Mar around an hour away, where you can visit the famous cave of Altamira.
Eating and drinking
If you're heading close to the harbour in Santander, you must try the locally-caught fresh fish available from almost every nearby eatery. For dessert, there's ice cream aplenty - Santander is known for its many gelato outlets. In the evening, you can soak up the relaxed atmosphere at the Plazo de Canadio in the old town.
Things to do
There's something for all ages in Santander, with a particular highlight being the Prehistoric and Archaeological Museum of Cantabria that houses more than 1,000 objects from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Ages. You can also enjoy the Municipal Museum of Arts and wander around the Jardines de Pereda, the most famous park in the city.
You won't be short of photo opportunities here, starting with the Palacio de la Magdalena, where the Spanish king resided from 1913 until 1930. There's also a stunning cathedral and the sumptuously decorated town hall in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.