Plaza de la esperanza santander

Plaza de la esperanza santander

City of santander spain

As I have already commented on other occasions, we consider that you do not have the pulse of a city until you walk through its most important market, which we have not failed to do during our most recent trip to the city of Santander, in Cantabria.

Completed in April 1904, its architecture follows the fashion of the time that characterizes other markets in European cities, as along with the stone stands out the large iron and glass structure.

Outside the market, in the Plaza de la Esperanza, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a fruit and vegetable market, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a market of textiles, jewelry and accessories.

Santander big week 2021

The Mercado de la Esperanza was built on the land that belonged to the old Convent of San Francisco, disentailed in 1837, these lands were also used to build the Santander City Hall and the Church of San Francisco. The urban plan was intended to reform the city and make up for the damage caused by the explosion of Cape Machichaco, in addition to the construction of the Mercado de la Esperanza and the restoration of the Mercado del Este. After the Santander fire of 1941, the first large-scale restoration took place, as the wind broke the stained glass windows. The second was in 1970 when new facilities were designed and the roof was replaced by a new one and the iron windows were replaced by aluminum ones. In 2010 a complete remodeling of the building was carried out.

Santander fair 2021

At that time Santander was experiencing a cultural and economic boom due to aristocratic and intellectual tourism, and important administrative, commercial, religious and leisure buildings were being built, in a process of beautification and widening that would find its maximum expression in the Palacio de la Magdalena.

In 2010 the city council announced the comprehensive remodeling of the building, including the consolidation of the foundations and the restoration of the iron roof.[1]The process of laying the new roof began May 22, 2010.[3] The new roof was completed on May 22, 2010.[4] The building’s roof is now in place.


By José Manuel Dourado Tazón, Miguel Ángel Torres Puente, Jonathan Vargas Ortiz, Alberto Fernández Solís, Daniel Lastra Martín and Victorino Pérez Ontavilla, 3rd year Secondary School students of I.E.S. Santa Clara. It corresponds to an activity of the optional subject «Transition to adult life».

It is a large limestone building, with large grayish-colored windows and beautiful and artistic glass windows that illuminate the second floor; it has a rectangular shape with two floors and an external courtyard that also serves as a market and in the evenings it becomes a parking lot.

During our visits, we saw the fish stalls on the first floor and the meat and fruit stalls on the upper floor and in the conversations we had with several traders we learned things like how to distinguish the white fish from the blue ones – the white ones have a smooth tail and the blue ones have a V-shaped tail, thanks Marta for your explanations-, we also learned the names of many fish such as sea bream, San Pedro fish, the differences between rock and sand fish, the origin of the salmon in this market, the nutritional properties of chicken meat and the name of vegetables and some exotic fruits brought from other hemispheres.

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