We almost missed the Monumento a Los Raqueros, as we walked down towards the town from the beaches, but the sun caught on polished bronze and we were lucky. The group of young boys is so skilfully depicted, larking about by the water side, and you can only see the diver, when you see his bottom (polished by people no... 更多
It's a statue. We walked by it and said, that's interesting, and then we continued on our way. Not something to go out of your way for.
These statues are very easy to find near the port in Santander and are worth finding. They are very lifelike and you almost expect them to come alive.
Before we set off to Sardiniera we had a stroll down the quay in Central Santander. We found the statues that make up the Raqueros. Pleasant site on the quay and worth a stroll in the sun.
There is a plaque alongside these statues which unfortunately does not have any translation which is a shame as it would of made more sense when I visited .
"Raquero" was the name given to the poor children in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, that frequently visited the area of the port of Santander to make a living by - among others - jumping into the water to catch the coins that were thrown there for fun by the ships crews or docks workers. Figures of four... 更多
The statues remember the children of Santander who used to dive for coins thrown into the sea by tourists. So, it is a good place to stop and have a break while thinking about times gone by, and maybe consider our own fortunes, as thinking about children diving for pennies might allow us to be grateful for what we have?
spent a lot of time walking along the waterfront in Santander and came across the statues of the Raqueros.Never heard if them before but found it interesting and am glad to see them being remembered like this