SPAIN – Cantabria & The Picos De Europa
Destination: Spain, Cantabria
Duration: 10 days
Cantabria in Northern Spain is often known as ‘Switzerland by the Sea’ for its magnificent sandy beaches leading to green meadows, river valleys and dramatic mountain peaks. Our 4 star hotel near Santona is an ideal base from which to explore the Picos de Europa Mountains and some of the historic villages.
The Hotel Joan de la Cosa, 14-39740 Santona, Cantabria. Tel: 00 34 9462 6612538
This family run 4 star hotel has a great beach front location at Playa de Barria and has private gardens, lovely terraces and delightful sea views. Rooms are air conditioned, en suite and have satellite TV, radio, hair dryer and telephone. A lift serves all floors.
Single room (limited supply) £185.00
Low bed inside cabin £45.00
Low bed outside cabin £95.00
Picos de Europa * Santillana del Mar * Bilbao
- Luxury air conditioned extra leg room coach travel
- Overnight ferry in 2 berth inside cabin
- 7 nights 3 course dinner buffet style including wine & water, bed & breakfast in resort
- Daily tapas lunch 12 – 1500 or packed lunch
- Tea time buffet daily 1600 – 1800
- Free bar on selected drinks 11 – 2300
- Excursions as described
- Door to door service (subject to conditions)
Departs approx 0800 arrives back approx 2030
An early morning departure for our journey to Plymouth to board the Brittany Ferries cruise ferry to Santander. Evening free to enjoy the many on-board facilities of this superb cruise ferry (meals payable on board).
After a lunch-time arrival in Santander, we make the short journey to our hotel.
A full day excursion to the Picos de Europa mountain range. We take a scenic journey to the market town of Potes before continuing to Fuente De, subject to good weather. (cost approx £10 payable locally).
This morning we take the coastal road to the small town of Castro Urdiales, a small fishing town dominated by its enormous Gothic cathedral near the Basque border. The afternoon at leisure in Santona.
After a leisurely breakfast we head to the pretty village of Santillana del Mar; listed as a World Heritage Site Santillana is famous for its medieval buildings and cobbled streets, and is best described as a living museum. We continue via Comillas to San Vicente De La Barquera, completing our day of art, history and nature of the western coast of Cantabria.
A full day excursion via Cohicillos, Reinosa, the Alto Campo area and Puerto del Escudo and descend via Vega de pas.
A free day to relax in Santona with the chance to purchase some last minute souvenirs or to enjoy the beach.
Today we make our way to Bilbao. This lively city is the capital of the Basque region and more recently home to the amazing Guggenheim Museum, as famous for its incredible architecture as for its wide rang of modern art exhibits. We return to Santona later this afternoon.
We depart our hotel after breakfast and travel to Santander with free time to explore this picturesque coastal resort. Later we board the Brittany Ferries sailing for Portsmouth (meals payable on board).
On arrival in Portsmouth early afternoon we re-join our coach for the return journey to Yorkshire.