Saturday in Santander: A Traveling Sisterhood Tale

Cresonia Hsieh is a student at University of Florida and an ISA Featured Blogger. Cresonia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Salamanca, Spain.

Our path to the park was complete with tall yellowing grass and an oceanside view.
Our path to the park was complete with tall yellowing grass and an oceanside view.

It was supposed to be cold and rainy the weekend ISA Salamanca Summer students arrived in Santander, but against all odds, the day couldn’t have been any more perfect.

First Stop: The Beach
Outside Hotel Santemar is an exquisite beach called Playa del Sardinero. With sand fit for not only tanning but also exfoliating the skin, and water warm enough to play in. The beach could have not been beat. However, after taking a walk along the shore, we noticed a fantastic site.

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Playa del Sardinero is complete with golden sand, clear waters, a stage where people play music or perform and restaurants and bars behind it.

Second Stop: The Rocks
I don’t know the history or origin of these rocks, but I do know that if you go when the tide is low, these are awesome rocks to venture through and to. My friends and I relaxed on these rocks for about an hour and were able to get some magnificent photos. If you’re facing the ocean so that the city is behind you, walk around the beach to the right until you see the huge rock. There you’ll discover the sites that we saw.

If you travel to the right while the tide is low, you'll discover many green-covered rocks and a particularly large one as well.
If you travel to the right while the tide is low, you’ll discover many green-covered rocks and a particularly large one as well.
Eventually you'll come across a cave. Here I was able to snap a photo of my friend, Emily
Eventually you’ll come across a cave. Here I was able to snap a photo of my friend, Emily
The cave from the other side looks like this. Could it be more perfect?
The cave from the other side looks like this. Could it be more perfect?

Third Stop: The Hillside
After relaxing on the beach for a couple more hours, my friends and I started getting hungry and wanted to get a better look of the lighthouse. If you’re facing the ocean from the sidewalk alongside the beach, travel to the left. Eventually you’ll run into a path that will hug the mountainside. That’s all we did, and eventually we arrived at a site called Parque de Cabo Mayor where you can see the city and beach to your right, the lighthouse to your left, and the beautiful blue ocean in front of you. On our walk, we even discovered a smaller cove to swim in, a golf course, and a park!

After climbing the path, my friends and I were able to get a beautiful view of the ocean and a better view of the lighthouse. So, of course, we needed a picture.
After climbing the path, my friends and I were able to get a beautiful view of the ocean and a better view of the lighthouse. So, of course, we needed a picture.
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Because you only get so many opportunities to take a cliche dance picture, I took this for my friends Nisha (right) and Emily (left)

Fourth Stop: The Zoo
Later than day, ISA took us on another tour of city. After visiting Palacio Real de la Magdalena, we stopped by Parque de la Magdelena where you can see sea lions, penguins, ships, and more! We finished the day by splitting a pizza at Pizza Hut and the rest of the group watched fireworks on the beach. It was a picture perfect day, literally and figuratively. I couldn’t have asked for a better or more beautiful day.

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Author: Cresonia Hsieh

Cresonia Hsieh is a 19-year-old journalism major at the University of Florida. She is currently studying abroad in Santiago, Dominican Republic and enjoys writing, reading, and watching endless episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Read along for interesting tips and insights of the Dominican Republic.

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