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Cantabria, and its capital Santander, are directly and closely connected with the rest of Europe, with an unbeatable strategic location, with competitive and modern infrastructures.

Strategic location


SANTANDER (10 km. from downtown)

  • More than 1.174.896 passengers used our airport in 2019
  • Local destinations: Madrid, Barcelona, Canarias, Mallorca, Málaga, Sevilla and Valencia.
  • International destinations: Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Edinburg, London, Milano, Marrakech, Rome and Vienna.
  • Additional info: aena.es
Severiano Ballesteros Airport

Main nearby airports


Located only 115 Km. from Santander.

Additional info: aena.es


Madrid Airport is less than three and a half hours from Santander.

Additional info: aena.es


Port of Santander

Port of Santander

Santander is the port that has grown the highest percentage among the ports of northern Spain and the second in the entire Spanish port system. Especially relevant to our port are solid bulk traffic, liquid bulks and Ro-Ro traffic (vehicles).

Additional info: puertosantander.es

Free zone in the port of Santander

Take advantage of all the customs and fiscal advantages that protect free zones, the digitalization of all processes and technological innovation applied surveillance and control and facilities (warehouses, tanks and soil) in strategic places of high logistical value.

Additional info: zonafrancasantander.es

Relevant indicators and economic regional data



  • 5,321km2
  • 109 inhabitants/km2

Lower Wages

  • Compared to the Spanish average
  • Absence of labour conflict

Regional GDP

  • €24,556 GDP per capita
  • 19.6% Industrial GDP
  • 17,54% Exports to GDP ratio


Cantabria is always located among the Spanish regions with the highest quality of life, offering a perfect combination between rural landscapes, sea, mountain, gastronomy, sports (especially surfing, golf and skiing) and a healthy and attractive environment for those who bet to reside in our community.

We look forward to offering you our complete professional advice for the success of your project

Scientific And Technological Park

The Cantabria Science and Technological Park (PCTCAN), located in Santander, is a fundamental tool of our region aimed at enhancing the development and socioeconomic well-being of the Autonomous Community. It operates as an engine of scientific and technological culture and the development of the R&D in Cantabria.

It is a space that groups and encourages the creation of innovative companies based on science and technology and the development of knowledge.



SICAN is a public capital company that aims at the development of modern and quality industrial soil, urbanizing industrial spaces and providing them with the necessary infrastructures for the efficient implementation of new industry in Cantabria.


New industrial estate LA PASIEGA

The new industrial estate La Pasiega will be the cornerstone that will generate the new opportunities and regional economic development. With an area of 200 hectares and a next generation intermodal terminal, it's already the focus of attention among investors and media.

Clusters And Development Poles

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Xtela - Brand-New Company Accelerator

Business accelerator for technological-based projects with a large innovative component, in which different acceleration systems are combined for the successful development of the different business models that are part of it.

Gira Cantabria - Automotive Sector

Business association that brings together manufacturers of automotive components, automotive auxiliary industries and public, business and social entities from the regional area of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria and its capital Santander.


Information And Communication Technologies Cluster

Recently, the first steps have been taken for the establishment of a Cluster that brings together companies in the region in the field of the ICT sector, increasingly present in the industrial development of Cantabria.

In addition, the ASCENTIC association brings together the most representative companies in the Information and Communications Technologies sector.


Cinc - Nuclear Industry

The Nuclear Industry Cluster of Cantabria (CINC), is a business organization that was born as a meeting point between all agents and companies in the nuclear industry sector in our region.


Marca - Martitime Cluster

CLUSTER MARCA, with the aim of promoting cooperation, commercial and technological development of Cantabria's maritime industries and activities.


Defense Cluster

The first Spanish cluster that brings together more than 18 companies related to the scope of defense, including naval scope, electronics and communications.


Cluster of fire related companies

SODERCAN pilots the project to create an association around fire-retardant properties in branches such as textiles or construction.

Cluster of Health

New partnership that revolves around the entire value chain of the health environment.

Sea of Innovation

Sea of Innovation Cantabria Cluster aims to integrate all actors operating in the marine energy sector in Cantabria, to promote it as a centre of excellence within the national and international market.


Universities and reference research centers

University of Cantabria

Our University is among the leading Spanish universities in terms of its quality of teaching and its high capacity for innovation and adaptation to the demands of the market.

International University Menendez Pelayo (UIMP)

Our capital, Santander, is home of the International University Menendez Pelayo, a reference in terms of summer courses of recognized worldwide prestige in all areas of relevance.


Centro Tecnológico de Componentes (CTC)

CTC provides knowledge applied to high-value solutions for clients. Its main objective is to consolidate itself as a centre of reference for innovation in Cantabria and as a qualified innovative agent on other markets.

The Fields of Activity of CTC are: industry and energy, navigation and robotics, advanced materials and nanomaterials, industry 4.0


Cantabria Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology - IBBTEC

The Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC) is a jointly owned center shared between the University of Cantabria (UC), the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Regional Government through SODERCAN.

Their mission is to carry out quality scientific research in the biological field.


Institute of Physics of Cantabria - IFCA

The fundamental objective of the Institute of Physics of Cantabria is high quality scientific research in the fields of astrophysics and the structure of matter.


Environmental Hydraulic Institute (IH CANTABRIA)

IH Cantabria was created on March 22 when two research groups from the Advanced School for Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Cantabria, which had been engaged in intensive scientific-technical activity in subjects related to continental and coastal water engineering, combined into one.


Hospital Virtual and IDIVAL (Valdecilla Institute for Health Research)

IDIVAL is considered a reference in the field of health at European level.


Universidad Europea del Atlántico


Cesine Centro Universitario


Success stories

Santander Data Center Headquarters

Banco Santander
Country of origin: Spain

Santander Data Center Headquarters

Ingram Micro Cloud
Country of origin: USA

Santander Data Center Headquarters

SEG Automotive
Country of origin: Germany

Santander Data Center Headquarters

Country of origin: Switzerland

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Sodercan: your winning bet

SODERCAN is the Regional Development Agency of Cantabria.

We are entirely at your disposal, in order to guarantee your project in our region is a success, accompanying you in all phases of it, providing you with the assistance you need, and offering you a wide range of professionals who will work hand-in-hand with you.