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Santander is a ferry port and capital city of Cantabria (autonomous state in Spain) located on Spain's northern coast. The city is west of Bilbao and east of Gijon France, and has population around 180,000.
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.
In 2018, the cruise port handled just 7 ship calls, whil;e for 2019 were scheduled 23 calls. That cruise berth (at Ferry Port Santander) is mainly used by ferries. In times with scheduled ferries, cruise ships berth at another pier, from where the port offers free shuttle buses to the city. There are plans for building a new (dedicated) cruise pier. The ferry terminal was extensively refurbished and modernized in 2018.
Santander cruise terminal
The French company BRITTANY FERRIES runs cruiseferries to Santander with regularly scheduled departures from England UK (Portsmouth and Plymouth). Ferry Port Santander is located right in downtown, within easy walking distance from city's best known shops and tourist attractions, including Old Town's restaurants and bars and El Sardinero beach.
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.
Ferry Terminal has small cafeteria and public toilets (located after the vehicle check-in area). Terminal's cafe restaurant (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).
Car parking is at approx 15 min easy walking distance from the passenger terminal. The terminal 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.
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