Santander - Cebu Province Destinations


Santander is a 5th class municipality situated in the southernmost tip of the island of Cebu, about 134 kilometers from Cebu City. Facing Tañong Strait, the town was originally also called Tañong. But with the coming of the Spaniards, its first parish priest, keeping a soft spot in his heart and wishing to perpetuate the name of his hometown in his new-found abode, renamed the place Santander. Santander is the third smallest town in Cebu.

Santander's popularity as a tourist destination has increased in the past few years. Santander is the ideal spot for diving as it's located in the hub of some world renowned dive spots like Apo Island, Balicasag, Pescador Island, Sumilon and Siquijor.

Santander is also known for its annual Tostado Festival which showcases its delicacy, the “Tostado,” a sweet toasted biscuit that the town is famous for. The street dancing, which is the highlight of the festivity, uses the different movements of making a tostado, and is participated by the different barangays. The town’s fiesta is also in honor of their patron, St. Gabriel. The festival is meant to promote the tostado industry of the town to other places.


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Attractions at Santander

Tostado Festival

Places at Santander