Santander, Los Pinares
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Santander, Los Pinares

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A: La Fuente de Cacho - Santander

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 160 meters away

Esta es un emblema mitico de Santander, la Fuente de Cacho. Antes de comenzar los partidos del racing...

La Fuente de Cacho - Santander

B: Santander, Jardines de San Roque Cacho

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 170 meters away

Santander, Jardines de San Roque Cacho

C: Santander, Fuente de Cacho

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 210 meters away

Santander, Fuente de Cacho

D: Santander, El Sardinero

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 290 meters away

Santander, El Sardinero

E: Santander, plaza de Colon

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 310 meters away

Santander, plaza de Colon

F: Piquio, una noche de verano

by josemlanza, 350 meters away

Piquio, una noche de verano

G: Piquio - Una noche de verano

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 360 meters away

Piquio - Una noche de verano

H: El Sardinero

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 360 meters away

Una vista de El Sardinero desde los jardines de piquio. Ya qued poco para que este gugar en verano se...

El Sardinero

I: Jardines de Piquio

by josemlanza, 370 meters away

Jardines de Piquio

J: Plaza de Italia - Santander

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 370 meters away

Plaza de Italia - Santander

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