Santander, Cantabria, Spain

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Version 1.2
Initial Release January 23, 2021
Last Updated March 13, 2021
File Size 855.81 MB
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#Photogrammetry #Real-Life #Sightseeing #Buildings Spain Drag and Drop

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Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. It is a port city located east of Gijón and west of Bilbao with a population of 172,000 (2017).[4]

It is believed to have been a port since ancient times, due to its favorable location, and is documented as far back as the 11th century. Much of the medieval city was lost in the Great Fire of 1941. Today, its remaining old town, beach and other attractions are popular with tourists and other visitors and its economy is mainly service based. The port is still very active and a regular ferry service operates to the United Kingdom. Fish and seafood dominate the local cuisine. Santander notably houses the headquarters of multinational bank Banco Santander, which was founded there.

Santander city and surrounding areas based on Google Maps photogrammetry. Check screenshots for covered area map.



This scenery has two versions, you have to choose one:
- Full (High Detail): Download ezro-santander_1.2_part1.7z and ezro-santander_1.2_part2.7z and unzip both on same folder (use "Extract here" on 7-zip). You should end with ezro-santander folder which you have to place in Community folder
- Lite (Low Detail): Download ezro-santander-lite_1.2.7z (Main File) and unzip on community folder

Lite version has less detail and hence it take less disk space. It is suitable for less powerful machines. It's also useful if you are not planning to fly at less than 1500-2000ft over the city, you won't notice much difference with the full version.


Known Issues
- This scenery is heavy and uses a lot of RAM. A high-end machine is recommended for the full version. If you have less than 32GB you may need to increase your page file and make sure it is placed on an SSD drive for better performance. If you still have problems you can try Lite version.

Jonahex111 (Goolge Earth Decoder)
thalixte (Optimization tool for Google Earth Decoder)
Google Maps

Pretty empty over here.

Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 1.2 March 13, 2021

    - Added more areas around Santander: Port, Playa de Somo, Playa de la Arnia, Astillero, Maliaño, Airport approaches... Check image on screenshots for covered area.
    - New lite version for less powerful machines
    - Rebuit using new method
    - Tweaked color settings

  • Version 1.1 January 27, 2021

    - Color and brightness improvement
    - Various small fixes

  • Launched January 23, 2021

    Initial release of this file just launched. Welcome aboard!

Pretty empty over here.

GPS Coordinates 43.462104, -3.799508

Google Maps Import

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  • AirMaxPlus
    2 month(s) ago
    Big work, thank for create my city. Please, can you add the new aprox lights in Runway 29 (over the sea)? its in "T" form, i have real photos if you need.

    Thanks again
  • angelosito
    2 month(s) ago
    Wow. Just Wow. Heck Wow. Ohh, Wow!!!

    I cannot believe how good this is. Thanks so much for extending the scenery to the east. Landing at LEXJ, my wife´s home town, is now just unbeliavable.

    Now the color is great, and I still cannot understand how you do it to achieve this frame-rates with such complex scenery. I´m using it at 4K, and still get 45-50 fps, which is astounding. Sure it takes memory (41 out of my 64 gigs) but if you have it, your scenery just thrieves on it and works amazingly well. Others use the same memory to achieve just 15 fps or less...

    You are quickly becoming the best scenery designer out there.

    Cannot thank you enough.

    Really looking forward for your next scenery.
  • vigardin
    4 month(s) ago
    Funciona todo perfecto GENIAL!!!
  • ospaju
    4 month(s) ago
    What a great job, I wish you could do malaga at that quality, it's amazing! the stages in Malaga do not have that quality anywhere.
    4 month(s) ago
    This is my city, thank you very much !!
    4 month(s) ago
    This is my city, thank you very much !!
    4 month(s) ago
    This is my city, thank you very much !!
    4 month(s) ago
    This is my city, thank you very much !!
  • joe64
    4 month(s) ago
    great job...wonderful
  • AirMaxPlus
    4 month(s) ago
    Muchas gracias from Santander.
  • angelosito
    4 month(s) ago
    To say I´m impressed is an understatement. I´m beyond amazed.
    Quite simply, the best photogrammetry city I have seen.
    Its very well integrated in the suroundings, which is something I value a lot.

    I don´t know how on earth you did it, but despite the great level of detail, my system moves it at 50 fps, far faster than just about any other photogrammetry city (Ryzen 3900x, RTX3080, 64 Gb RAM, everything ultra). By the way, this scenery takes my system to use 33 Gb of RAM, which is the highest RAM usage I have ever seen in FS2020.

    Just two very respectful suggestions to improve it even more:

    1) It´s a bit too dark and brown. If it could be birghter and whiter it would be great.

    2) Please, please, please PLEASE, I beg you, also make the estern part of the city, Peñacastillo and the industrial part close to the airport. That´s where we are going to fly more often while taking off and landing, and it´s a pitty having the default scenery there.

    Again, thanks so much. It´s simply astonishing.
    • ezro
      4 month(s) ago
      Thanks for the comment! I know about the color issue, it's really hard to adapt Google Maps color levels on such a big area to blend well with the default scenery. I reduced the brightness to make scenery bounds look well but it looks it was too much for the rest of the city (specially on some weather conditions). I'm going to give it another try and I will post a new version. I can also try to expand to the west, but as you have noted RAM usage is a bit of an issue with large areas.
  • DavSav
    4 month(s) ago
    This is my town. Great work!!!. Thank you.

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