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Santander, calles Isabel II y Cadiz (Navidad 2013)

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A: Santander, Calle Lealtad

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 90 meters away

Santander, Calle Lealtad

B: Santander, plaza de las Cachavas

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 130 meters away

Santander, plaza de las Cachavas

C: Santander - Catedral

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 160 meters away

Santander - Catedral

D: Santander, Plaza de Atarazanas (Catedral)

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 170 meters away

Santander, Plaza de Atarazanas (Catedral)

E: Santander, plaza de Atarazanas

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 170 meters away

Santander, plaza de Atarazanas

F: Santander Plaza de las Estaciones

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 210 meters away

En esta vista podemos disfrutar de los sitios emblematicos de la capital de Cantabria, de una parte t...

Santander Plaza de las Estaciones

G: Santander - Semana Grande 2013

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 210 meters away

Santander - Semana Grande 2013

H: Santander, plaza del Ayuntamiento

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 210 meters away

Santander, plaza del Ayuntamiento

I: Santander - Navidad 2013

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 220 meters away

Santander - Navidad 2013

J: Plaza de las Estaciones - Santander (Cantabria)

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 220 meters away

Plaza de las Estaciones - Santander (Cantabria)

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