Cantabria is one of the four Provinces that make up “Green Spain”and our destination is the small resort of Isla about 25 miles east of Santander. This scenic Province boasts golden beaches interspersed by rocky crags and behind the coastline is a land of meadows and rolling hills which ascend to the Picos de Europa mountains. Fishing,dairy farming and tourism are the main staples of the local economy.Our hotel, the 4* Olimpo, sits on a small cliff overlooking the bay, has pleasant gardens, a small outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Good food, and plenty of it, is a feature of this friendly hotel which hosted the Band’s first visit to Spain over 25 years ago.As we are fond of telling folks who complain about the quantity of food on offer – you don’t have to eat it all!
We set off from Bath and pick up as indicated below en route to Plymouth. Here we catch the 1645 sailing to Santander. On the sailing we are providing 2-berth cabins but 4-berth cabins are available for those who don’t fancy having to clamber on the top bunk!
Monday Next morning, look out for the dolphins as we approach the Spanish coast. When we land in Spain at 1400 we drive out of the city westwards for about half an hour and thus to the Hotel Olimpo at Isla and we check in for three nights. The afternoon is free until 1700 when there is a short optional excursion to Santona where you can take a stroll along the promenade. We’ll then have dinner and afterwards the Band will play for your entertainment.
On Tuesday we set off for our morning excursion to the fishing port and resort of Castro Urdiales . We return for lunch at the hotel and a free afternoon for exploration and relaxing in Isla before dinner and entertainment by the Band.
On Wednesday we travel westwards to Torrelavega where we start to ascend the slopes of the Picos de Europa and thence to Reinosa, a small mountain town at the entrance to the local ski slopes. We make a coffeee stop then traverse the rim of the Ebro Dam to the Escudo Pass at the entrance to the exceedingly scenic Pas Valley. We drive downwards to the little spa village of Puente Viesgo where we make a sightseeing and a late leisurely lunch stop. We then return to Isla for dinner and entertainment by the Band.
On Thursday we travel into Santander for some hypermarket shopping and last minute sightseeing. The ship sails at 1545 .
Friday. Continue enjoying the cruise . We reach Plymouth at 1045 and after disembarkation the coach then returns to the original pick up points.
(The cost includes ; all travel by executive coach; ferry sailing with cabin(upgrades available); three nights with half-board at a 4* hotel; one lunch; entertainment by the Panama Jazz Band and excursions as detailed.)
Single supplement (cabin & hotel room) £120
Pick up points: Bath-Keynsham-Bristol-Gordano-Exeter-Newton Abbot-Plymouth