Our new series ‘Have Car Will Travel’ will investigate the very best destinations to visit with your car, via ferry crossings with Aferry.co.uk.
First on the list is Santander, not your local bank, but the elegant city on the Northern coast of spain, situated on a wide bay with beautiful views of the Cantabrian Sea. Aferry.co.uk provides ferry crossings to and from Santander with Brittany Ferries, from Portsmouth up to twice a week and less frequently from Plymouth, with a journey time of between 19.5-24 hours.
With Brittany Ferries, your holiday starts as soon as your step on board – with everything from international à la carte restaurants, piano bars, cinemas, live cabaret or even a spot of great value shopping. Trips also offer great entertainment and fun activities for the kids – from young to teenage years, with games zones, discos and more. En suite accommodation guarantees privacy and a good night’s sleep for travellers, or reclining seats in secluded lounges are an affordable alternative.
On arrival in Santander, visitors can explore everything the city has to offer. Built up around the natural port, this historical place was used for ships since before the occupation of the Roman Empire. During the XVIII and XIX centuries, the city became a key trading port for the maritime routes between Castile and the American colonies. From around the middle of the XIX century, Santander became one of the most exclusive summer tourist destinations on the northern coast of the Iberian peninsula.
Today visitors enjoy the beautiful beaches of El Sardinero, Playa de la Magdalena featuring a picturesque lighthouse, or the calm waters and soft sand of Playa de Bikinis, perfect for families. Sightseeing and history enthusiasts can visit Pasea de Pereda, with its typical houses with miradors and gardens, nearby to the dramatic Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the capital, with its earliest construction dating from the 13th century. Visitors also enjoy the beautiful promenade opposite El Sardinero beach, with its magnificent buildings such as the Gran Casino, the Plaza de Italia, with its lively summer terraces and the quío Gardens.
Halfway between the sea and the mountains, Santandar is host to a wealth of ingredients and flavours – from the characteristic rabas (fried squid) and bocartes rebozados (breaded whitebait) to cocido montañés, a popular beef dish made of beans, beef and cabbage.
Santander is an ideal getaway for families and couples alike and with the added bonus of your car, ferry travellers can use the city as a base to explore the rest of Spain, before returning on their comfortable cruise back to the UK.
For the very best ferry deals to Santander visit affery.co.uk
Some seasonal deals include:
From GBP134 Plymouth – Santander (21/10/2012 – 31/10/2012)
From GBP 286 Plymouth – Santander (28/10/2012 – 31/10/2012)
GBP 598 Portsmouth – Santander for a return journey with a car plus four people (10/03/2013 – 01/04/2013)
Contributor: Ali Bedford
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