Santander sits on the Bay of Biscay, with lots of beaches. A relatively modern city, much of Santander’s old town was destroyed by fire in 1941. We drove through the city without time to stop and take in some of the pretty beaches. I must admit that it feels like a cruise ship town, which is enough to make me want to steer clear. This probably would have been my parents’ favorite stop with its casino, Gran Casino del Sardinero. It is the white building surrounded by sycamore trees.