Thursday, October 2, 2014

Santander, Spain (p1): Demographics, Las Playas

La Playas Langre
La Playas Langre
¡Bienvenido de EspaƱa! (Welcome to Spain!)
September 20th - 27th 2014

The Demographics
Airport: Santander
Residence: Camping Derby Loredo, Loredo, Cantabria, Costa Verde, Spain, Earth, The Solar System
Locations: Santander, Loredo, Somo, Langre, Galizano, Altamira
Beaches: Playas de Loredo, Somo, Puntal, los Tranquilos, Galizano, Langre, Camello, Biquinis, la Magdalena
Biggest Place (we visited): Santander
Smallest Place (we visited): Langre
Oldest Place (we visited): Altamira
Language(s) (we heard/spoke): Spanish, Castillian, Basque country dialects, German, French, Swiss (2 dialects), English, Italian, Dutch
Weather: Temperate climate; cool, wet (grey days); hot, sunny (clear days)
Ocean: Atlantic, Northern Spain; cold, rocky, clear, teal, choppy, partial/full nudity, wildlife preserve, light and fine grain sand, rock/pebble beaches, low level detrius (seashells, etc), September tidal extremes

The Story
There we were...


about to board a Ryanair flight at Frankfurt Hahn airport. You'll need a ticket to join us.

Good, you have one. Just board the plane and take a little nap. We'll be there in no time.

Camping Derby Loredo in Loredo, Spain

We arrived kind of late that first night. Barely recall putting up the tent, much less climbing in the sleeping bag. The night was warm, the morning chill. The smell of salt did not assault our senses which was a very pleasant surprise - the air  hinted of beach.

We're camping at Camping Derby Loredo. There's a campground restuarant that over looks the beach. The view from the deck is superb. Can you find the Remax balloon?

Our beach is called La Playa de Loredo. The beach in the far-far-away is La Playa de Somo. They are connected. We like beaches a lot and chose to drive to various beaches. To the right of the above picture are two beaches called La Playa de los Tranquilos.

September is known to the locals as the month of tidal extremes. La Playa de los Tranquilos are pictured at low tides. At high tide, the area with people is covered in water; high tides became very noticable between 5 pm to 6 pm, and by 8 pm nearly all the beach is covered.

Las Playas de Langre are quite rocky. The picture at the beginning of this post is an image of La Playa de Langre (minor). To the right is La Playa de Langre la Grande.

East of Las Playas de Langre is La Playa de Galizano. Take a long walk down a beach tractor ramp and you'll find two areas to explore. One area is rocky and sandy on the oceanfront, the other area is a sandy tidal marsh. The high tides fill a long channel. At low tide the whole area is accessible. Not sure what time of year would be best to see that channel full, it would be interesting to find out, maybe I'll remember to check it out.

In the opposite direction (SW),  Las Playas de Somo y Puntal makes up the peninsula that points into the Bay of Santander, ends in marshland, and runs from La Playa de los Tranquilos.

Across the Bay of Santander, next to the Palacio de la Magdalena, is La Playa El Camello a very small city beach inside Santander. Two other beaches are in the area: Las Playas de la Magdalena y Biquinis. Santander is a larger beach / city destination on the Costa Verde. 

Here's an overview to give you all an idea of the layout of the Cantabrian coastline.

As you can see we made the best of our time and saw as many area beaches as we could handle. While in the campgrounds, one morning I accidentally "Hallo'd" instead of "Hola'd" at which point we made friends with a Swiss family that later told us about Altamira, Spain. We already wanted to visit the Palacio de la Magadalena, we next needed to do a quick bit of research on Altamira.

Check back later for our part 2 and 3 posts about the Palacio de la Magdalena and Altimira paleolithic caves, respectively.

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