A square full of history and identity in the centre of Santander.

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The Plaza Porticada

A meeting point for people and culture.

In Santander, you won't find an historic quarter like in most Spanish cities. The reason is that much of the city was destroyed by a tragic fire in 1941. A strong southerly wind fanned the flames that reduced the wooden buildings to ashes. This square was designed as part of rebuilding the historic quarter that was devoured by the flames. It was inaugurated almost ten years later and was the venue for the International Festival of Music and Dance for many decades. Today you can attend free concerts and cultural activities here. In the centre is a monument in homage to Pedro Velarde, a Cantabrian liberator famous for the uprisings of 1808. In fact, the square officially bears his name.

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