The opening of the City Convention Centre on 27th July 2002 widens the range of facilities offered by Cantabria’s capital city, providing our city with a centre which is capable of housing all kinds of events, from exhibitions to trade fairs of all kinds, without forgetting congress tourism.

On the outside, the building is finished IN brick and copper sheets mounted on phenolic panels, whilst the support wall is made of reinforced concrete.

On the inside, the centre boasts oak parquet flooring and the building offers the following areas:

An entrance hall with information area.


Assembly room with capacity for 275 pax, equipped with presidential table, table-top wireless microphones, video-computer projector gun, simultaneous translation and projection screen.

Two large exhibition rooms, to which access is provided from the hall via a system of four ramps, two to each room.

The upper room is called the “El Sardinero Room” with a usable surface area of 2,660 m² , and represents a very light, open space due to the special structuring of the ceiling’s roof design. The result is a room full of different niches which help create different atmospheres for the event, and these various exhibition areas can be separated by curtains. It has natural zenith lighting through skylights fitted into the stepping profile of the façade.

The lower room is called the “Bahía Room” and has a usable surface area of 2.450m². This room can be divided using movable sound-damping panels so as to form up to 11 rooms of 100 m² each, in accordance with the needs required for each type of activity. The lighting is provided by an English garden-style patio.

Both rooms have a general public address system and voice and data circuit.

Some other areas of the Centre include:

  • A kitchen to provide the catering services, equipped with full ovens, warming ovens, trolleys for cold dishes, a cold room and dish washer conveyor.
  • Terraces with their own furniture.
  • Storage areas.
  • Administration Areas.
  • Press room for 28 pax.
  • Meeting room for 14 pax.

The building has a video surveillance system with closed circuit television and all the furniture and fittings are in line with the design.