From La Porticada to Puertochico
25 June, 2014
In Santander, we have met one of these persons who knows the town like the back of his hand. While he is talking about history and curiosities of Santander, he takes us through different bars and taverns in order to show us every specialty of each place.
At a dramatic pace we go from one tavern to other while he recommends us tasting the best bite of cod, or he warns how rude is the waiter in that place but let´s going in because they have the best seafood! Or “here there is the bestpiconcheese you can ever taste” There is no time to waste because in Santander there are many good taverns and he wants to show us all of them (or, at least, he will try)
The tavern tour is not quite expensive, because in Santander bites and plates are cheaper than in other northern towns. Bites cost between €1 and €2,50 and plates between €6 and €18 depending on what is ordered.
From beautiful Plaza Porticada (arcaded square), that hosted the International Festival of Santander for many years, to the popular neighborhood of Puertochico let´s walk around the excellent cuisine of Santander!
Calle Tetuán 21
Typical restaurant and bar without any comfort but where you can enjoy some exellent fish and seafood well-priced. Here we tasted some extraordianr rabas. During the high season it is not easy to find a place.
La Flor de Tetuán
Calle Tetuán 18
The specialty of this bar is fish and seafood. Prize is higher than in other local places but they serve the best grilled shrimp in Santander (plate costs about €12). Rabas, barnacles, spatter ... all the seafood is great!.
La Bodega de Santoña
Calle Peña Herbosa 21, enfrente del edificio del Gobierno Regional
Typical products from Cantabria like cheese and anchovies.
Paseo de Pereda 37, al lado de Puerto chico
Great assortment of tapas and snacks from the more classic ones, like the bite of tortilla (Spanish omelette) to their own specialty Cantabrian bite. His chef, Joseba Guijarro, has one Michelin star and Casa Lita has awards for the quality of its bites.
Bodega Fuente Dé
Calle Peña Herbosa
Here we find picón cheese, an excellent blue cheese made in Cantabria. When you get into Bodega Fuente Dé, a hard mix of smells of cheese and pickles bits your nose. Few minutes later, this smell develops in an addictive fragance.They also serve tapas and typical dishes like cocido montañés, cocido lebaniego or picadillo de Potes.
Calle Peña Herbosa 17
Vermouth with siphon. Great assortisment of tapas, mussels, rabas (squid rings), (tentacles), and many others.
Calle General Mola 14
Just like Casa Lita, this place is a pioneer in Santander in serving elaborated tapas as País Vasco style. La Cigaleña
Daoiz y Velarde, 19
Un auténtico museo del vino en el que probar especialmente la tapa de bacalao rebozado. Riquísimas.
Tapas y Vinos
Calle Marcelino Sautuola
Rioja wine well-served and excellent tapas. The best one is the Spanish omelette with pork rinds.
Calle Marcelino Sautuola
Exquisite squid rings and tentacles and very well served portions of ham.
Calle de Gómez Oreña, 9
With to El Marucho, it is one of the most frequented by Santander visitors. Good plates of anchovies and fried bites served on big tables, that we ate all together listening a piano music.
Calle de Gómez Oreña, 15
Excellent tapas cooked by one of the best chefs in the town. Here we ended the tapas tour because we ate too much not because there were no more bars or restaurants.
When we were returning home, he still recommended us to go to El Riojano (that looks like a museum with its painted by celebrities barrels), La Gloria, El Cantabria, Las Hijas de Florencio, La Malinche, Días de Sur, La Bodega de Jesús Quintanilla...
So you feel like visiting Santander, do you? Book your flights here!
25 June, 2014