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Northern Spain - The Cantabrian Coast

Northern Spain - The Cantabrian Coast

A stunning region of beautiful sea-views and pretty fishing villges, alpine style scenery and lush countryside.


A stunning region of beautiful sea-views and pretty fishing villges, alpine style scenery and lush countryside.

If you thought Spain was all about crowded beaches and hot sunshine you are in for a surprise!  The Cantabrian Coast of Northern Spain is truly beautiful and combines stunning sea views and pretty fishing villages with alpine style scenery and lush countryside.  The region is shielded from the heat of the Spanish interior by the Picos de Europa mountain range, which provide dramatic and spectacular landscapes. The area is characterised by friendly, welcoming people, good wholesome cuisine and a well deserved reputation for glorious scenery – you will not be disappointed. 


Tuesday - Midday departure from Dorset, drive to Portsmouth* to board the overnight sailing of Brittany Ferries cruise ship to Santander. 1 night onboard to relax and enjoy the excellent on-board facilities.

Wednesday - Arrive Santander late afternoon and make the short drive to Isla and check in to our hotel with a welcome drink and snacks on arrival.

Thursday - A short coastal drive brings us to Santona where we shall visit a small Anchovy Factory to see how these traditional fish are processed. Enjoy a boat cruise around Santona Bay then a special lunch with orujo brandy at a local fish restaurant (included). Later to Castro Urdiales, an historic old fishing port dating from Roman times with an impressive gothic church, castle, gardens and medieval buildings. A wine tasting is included before dinner tonight.

Friday - Visit the city of Bilbao, the gateway to The Basque Region and a treasure chest of surprises. It is filled with great architecture from the ancient to ultra modern. There are beautiful gardens, museums, galleries, shops, pavement cafes and all manner of distractions.

Saturday - Excursion to the Picos de Europa Mountains containing some of Spains most spectacular scenery. First we drive through the dramatic canyon of "Desfiladero de la Hermida" and on to Potes, a lovely old market town in the mountains. Just wander around cobbled lanes and lose yourself in the maze of alleyways - it's a joy! Continue along a narrow mountain road to Fuente De where a modern cable car travels up the last 800 metres of rock wall to the spurs of Pena Vieja, at an altitude of 1834 metres - breathtaking views assured.

Sunday - Excursion to Santillana del Mar, a beautifully preserved town of medieval and baroque buildings - virtually traffic free with narrow cobbled streets, a fascinating small museum and some lovely street cafes - it is best described as a living museum. Later call at the picturesque village of San Vincente, a charming old town and fishing port. This evening a special farewell candlelit dinner is provided by the hotel.

Monday - After a leisurely breakfast we call at a shopping centre near Santander to pick-up those souvenirs and last minute bargains. This afternoon board the overnight cruise ferry to Portsmouth* and enjoy the on-board entertainment.

Tuesday - Arrive Portsmouth* that afternoon and travel home.

Hotel Olimpo, Isla

A four star hotel in a fantastic location on a small peninsula in the village of Isla.  From the hotel’s lush gardens there is direct access onto the sandy beaches below and the marvellous terrace and outdoor swimming pool are the perfect places for relaxation.  The hotel has a bar and the superb restaurant serves a three course evening dinner which includes wine and water. There is a lift to all floors and additional facilities include a sauna, disco, tennis courts and laundry service.  All of the 70 air-conditioned bedrooms overlook the gardens or beach and offer private bathroom, hairdryer, satellite tv, telephone, minibar, and safe.  The hotel has been very highly praised by Bluebird clients who have stayed here over the past 10+years.


TOUR PRICE : £750.00 per person


Price Includes : All coach travel, Return cruise ferry crossings, Two berth inside cabin (beds not bunks, shower, no window), 5 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals in Spain, Mineral water & wine with dinner, Welcome drink at hotel, Wine tasting, Anchovy factory tour, Santona Bay cruise, Lunch on Thursday, VAT.



Single Room & Single Cabin Supplement : £180.00

Travel Insurance Premium : £39.00

Cabin upgrade (Outside with window): £80.00 per person


* Ferry schedule to be confirmed – may operate to/from Plymouth.  No meals included onboard ferry.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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