Santander is a ferry port and the capital city of the autonomous Cantabria, on the Spain's north coast. The city is located west of Bilbao and east of Gijon France. It has population around 180,000. ) and covers an area of 35 km2 (14 ml2). The Old Town's restaurants and bars are well known among tourists, as well as the El Sardinero beach located a couple of kilometres away.
As a service centre at regional level, the city of Santander contains major public institutions as well as private organisations with many employees, including the University of Cantabria, Grupo Santander, Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital. Activities related to leisure, tourism and culture are an important part of its economy, and the municipal and regional authorities look to increase the summer tourist trade via additional offerings, such as conferences, conventions, cultural festivals and cruises.
Currently the rise in port activity, growing value-added traffic (containers and vehicles of mostly solids and liquids) for storage that requires a lot of already scarce ground, as well as insufficient depth for larger ships, is forcing Port Authority to think over the long-term construction of new port outside the bay. On June 29, 2005 Santander celebrated its 250th anniversary of granting of the "City" title.
Santander boasts great cultural activity, with events playing an important role in city's social life. UIMP is a prime international summer university which organizes large-scale festivals of music and dance. FIS (Festival Internacional de Santander), FiMÓC (Festival Internacional de Música de Órgano), Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition and Encuentro de Música y Academia are main cultural events.
Highlights: Cathedral, Santillana del Mar, Altamira caves, Bilbao
Santander cruise terminal
The French company BRITTANY FERRIES offers luxurious ferry cruises to Santander Spain with regularly scheduled departures from England UK (Portsmouth and Plymouth). The Ferry Port is located right in downtown Santander, within easy walking distance from the city's best known shops and tourist attractions.
The ferry terminal's check-in usually opens several hours prior departure. passengers are required to return their vehicles on the ferry approx 2 hours prior departure.
The terminal facility has small cafeteria and public toilets (located after the vehicle check-in area). The terminal's cafe restaurant (on the building's ground floor) is open during summer (high season) only. At the ferry terminal there are also payphones, a ramp (for disabled passengers), tourist info desk and Brittany Ferries info desk (ground floor), disabled toilets (ground floor and close to the check-in counters), escalator (for foot passengers via the building's first floor to the ferry's gangway / bridge).
There is a car parking at approx 15 min easy walking distance from the terminal. The terminal also provides wheelchairs in cases of emergency. Dogs are allowed in the port's all areas, but they must be leashed and muzzled.
Port Santander cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Santander, Spain. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|2 May, 2018|
|24 May, 2018|
|Britannia||La Rochelle, France|
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