Ferry tours northern Spain

Topped-and-tailed by a relaxing cruise the ferry-drive tour is the perfect antidote for airline-weary travellers. And northern Spain provides an exciting alternative to France for those who would rather not fly.

Ferry direct to Northern Spain for surfy beaches, world-class gastronomy and lofty mountains. Here you’ll find an extraordinarily rich historic heritage, architecture, both modern and ancient  – and plenty more. There are sleepy fishing villages and vibrant cities yet the region is still predominantly rural and quite unspoilt.

Roads are remarkably good, driving conditions civilised and you’ll find no end of good things, from wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero to fine Spanish ham, at wonderful prices to bring home with you.

Photo of Ferry in port - Santander

Nine ferry crossings a week.

Brittany Ferries now offer seven crossings a week from the UK and two crossings a week from Ireland to northern Spain. Ferries depart from Portsmouth and Plymouth in the UK and Cork in Ireland, and enter Spain via Bilbao or Santander. The Spanish ports are just an hour apart meaning that they can be easily combined to fit your holiday plans.

Bring your own car and cruise down to Spain in style – and stock up with delicious goodies for the return trip!

We’ve designed several circular tours to combine with the ferry routes, staying in delightful small hotels and travelling at your own pace. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here do please give us a call and we’ll happily put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Choose from our northern Spain ferry tours

Lastres, Asturias
Map of Cantabria - Asturias tour

3 stops - Asturias, Cantabria, Picos de Europa

The heart of northern Spain. The spectacular coastline & Picos de Europa steal the show but you will find so much more

7 days (flexible)

Compact 7 day tour, easily extended to include Bilbao or La Rioja.

Ferry tour from £550 to £900 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast
  • ferry travel based on two people + car
  • guide book and touring map
  • travel app & doc manager
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La Rioja - Dolmen
Map of Cantabria - Rioja - Bilbao driving tour

3 stops - Bilbao, Rioja, and coastal Cantabria

A shorter route with gastronomy, wine, culture, architecture, mountains and sea – why not indulge yourself!

7 days (flexible)

7 day tour – easily adapted to include La Rioja or Bilbao

Ferry tour from £700 to £1000 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast
  • ferry travel based on two people + car
  • guide book and touring map
  • travel app & doc manager
more details...
Burgos Cathedral
Map of Grand Tour of North Spain

6 stops - Northern coast, mountains and interior

A circular tour full of contrasts; monumental cities, the coast, mountains and high plains, wonderful wine and food.

14 days at least

14 days minimum but extra nights can be added in many places – please consult

Ferry tour from £1100 to £1450 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

  • 14 nights bed & breakfast
  • ferry travel based on two people + car
  • guide book and touring map
  • travel app & doc manager
more details...
Cudillero
Map of Santiago circular tour

6 stops - Bilbao - Santiago, coastal, interleaved

The Camino del Norte – out-and-back – to combine with ferry travel or flights to Bilbao and Santander

12-14 days (flexible)

Best at 14 days but can be adapted to 12 nights in Spain (to allow for 2 nights on the ferry)

Ferry tour from £1100 - £1400 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

  • 14 nights bed & breakfast
  • ferry travel based on two people + car
  • guide book and touring map
  • travel app & doc manager
more details...
Photo of Porto - Dom Luis I Bridge
Photo of Santander to Porto - Circular Tour

7 stops - Round trip Santander to Porto & return by coast

An epic adventure! Bring your own car or motorbike to Santander and cut a swathe right through the heart of Spain to Porto on the Atlantic coast.

14 days

14 days minimum but extra nights can be added as required

From £1150 to £1450 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

14 nights bed & breakfast
Ferry travel or 4 door car with excess insurance
guide book and touring map
travel app & doc manager

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Bardenas Reales, Navarra
Map of west Pyrenees circular tour

5 stops - Navarra, Aragon, Basque Country

Rolling Navarran hills to the Alpine peaks of Huesca – from the Atlantic coast to the very heart of the Pyrenees.

7 - 10 days

We recommend 10 days – can easily be made into a one week tour

Ferry tour from £850 to £1100 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

  • 10 nights bed & breakfast
  • ferry travel based on two people + car
  • guide book and touring map
  • travel app & doc manager
more details...
Photo of San Juan de la Peña
map of Wine and Mountains driving tour Spain

5 stops - Pyrenees, Rioja and Basque Country

Culture, vineyards and mountain scenery. Amazing architecture, wonderful walking and a gastronomic tour-de-force

10 days (flexible)

10 day tour – can easily be reduced to a week or extended to two.

Ferry tour from £850 to £1100 p.p.

Price per person shown includes:

  • 10 nights bed & breakfast
  • ferry travel based on two people + car
  • guide book and touring map
  • travel app & doc manager
more details...

Ferry tour northern Spain

Let our experts help you plan your trip – we’ll adapt the route to fit with ferry crossings which suit you, and take into account any driving or parking concerns you may have. We can advise on circular rides, road conditions, the best time to come and driving regulations in Spain and Portugal..

Brittany Ferries services arrive in the Spanish ports of Santander and Bilbao. Our recommended routes head from there into Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and the Picos de Europa in the Spanish northern region, south into Castilla y León and La Rioja and further afield into Portugal. Please call to ask about options.

If you have particular requirements please do let us know. For example we can advise on classic car touring and motorcycle touring in Spain  – if you have a small group please give us a call – we’d love to hear from you!

Timetable - all UK to Spain ferries

Combined timetable - UK to Spain crossings 2018

Timetable - Ireland to Spain ferries

Ferry timetable - Eire to Spain crossings 2018