If you’d like to travel directly to Spain by Ferry from the UK you now have a choice of routes with Brittany Ferries. They continue to offer their popular sailings to Santander from both Plymouth and Portsmouth and have taken over P&O’s route from Portsmouth to Bilbao. Their Portsmouth-Bilbao route, which started in March 2011, operates twice weekly.
Brittany Ferries’ long established services from both Plymouth and Portsmouth to Santander sail twice a week, three times a week in high season. On-board the ‘Pont Aven’ accommodation is compulsory and ranges from a reclining seat to a deluxe cabin. The journey time is approximately 18 hours. P&O Ferries used to operate a Portsmouth to Bilbao service on the ‘Pride of Bilbao’ with crossings taking up to 35 hours depending on conditions. This service was terminated in September 2010.
Ferries to Spain via France
If you are taking your own car and want to enjoy your drive to and from Spain, there are plenty of ferries operating between the UK and France:
- LD Lines Network
An interesting option is to get yourselves to Saint Nazaire in Brittany then take a ferry to Gijon in Asturias. This is an interesting alternative for discovering northern Spain.
- P&O Ferries
Operate crossings from Portsmouth to Le Havre and Cherbourg and from Dover to Calais.
- Condor Ferries
Crossings between Poole-St Malo and Portsmouth-Cherbourg.
Crossings between Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe.
The fastest way of crossing the Channel by car is via the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone to Calais/Coquelles with Eurotunnel. The journey takes just 40mins including boarding and disembarking.
Getting to Mallorca and Ibiza by Ferry
If you’re already in Spain you can get to Mallorca from the mainland using one of the two main ferry companies serving the Balearics. Transmediterranea Ferries operate ultra-modern ferries which connect Palma with Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Mahon. The journey from Barcelona takes about seven hours but there is also a high speed catamaran which only takes 3 hours 45 minutes. Another company called Balearia Ferries offers the same routes as Transmediterranea plus a connection between Palma and Denia which is south of Valencia. Approximate journey times to Palma are 7 hours from Valencia and 5 hours from Denia (this service goes via Ibiza).