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This old market is a key player in the city’s commerce, and will allow you to discover daily life in Santander first-hand.

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La Esperanza Market


When you visit the city’s Town Hall square, save some time for a wander behind the building. This is where you will find La Esperanza Market, one of the oldest and most emblematic commercial areas in the city of Santander. Designed by architects Juan Moya and Eduardo Reynals, this enormous, green-tiled building was erected in 1897, and is the sole testimony to the iron construction that was characteristic of the 19th century. A lot of this is due to the great fire that destroyed the city in 1941, which reduced most of the Old Town to ashes, as the buildings were made of wood. Today, this market is a hub of commercial activity and sells everything from fabric to food. Once you have visited La Esperanza Market, you really will have immersed yourself in the day-to-day life of the city of Santander.

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