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Subject Topic: Where to hang out for Ferry at Santander Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by sue0021/7/2015 at 9:03am
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We have a return ferry booked to leave Santander at 9.00pm (we have to check in at 6.45pm) and so we need somewhere to spend the day nearby. We will be camping at Bidart which is only 3 hours away and will probably have to vacate that site by 12pm.
Anybody know where we can hang out with a caravan for a few hours en-route? We will have a few hours to kill!!
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Sue, I haven't been there, but people speak of parking at Cabarceno nature park, about 20 km from Santander. Motorhome owners often stay there overnight so the car park might well be big enough for a caravan in the day time . Google will give you information about it. Is that any help?

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We stayed in Bidart a couple of years ago sailing from Santander. From memory although it was meant to be a 3 hour journey it took well over 4 hours including delays at the border crossing through sheer volume of traffic.

Maybe we caught the traffic on a bad day.....

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You can arrive at the ferry port anytime before departure and park up. You can then walk out through turnstile into Santander. Just need to be back 2hrs before departure.

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Message posted by Mike+Co21/7/2015 at 9:07pm
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As mentioned above you can check in quite early something like 9.30am on your day of departure.

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Message posted by sue0022/7/2015 at 10:36am
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Thanks so much for your replies - I will check out the nature reserve as it sounds a nice place to stop - but I think my husband will be twitchy and will just want to get to the port. I didn't realise we could park up so early. I wonder how safe it would be to leave the caravan unattended there though? It would be nice to have a stroll around Santander - went a couple of years ago and really enjoyed looking around.

Message posted by Dot P22/7/2015 at 3:40pm
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The dock area is gated and very safe, when you want to go into Santander you leave through a gate (can't remember if its a code or a pass-card).

Would say you are probably safer there than in any of the city car-parks.

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Message posted by sue0022/7/2015 at 5:13pm
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Thanks Dot P - is it clear where you park up? Would hate to abandon car and caravan, causing an almighty hold up!!

Message posted by Dot P22/7/2015 at 6:05pm
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Very clear, its in the actual lanes. The ferry staff will direct you into your lane then they tell you you can go off into town but give you a time to be back.

you wont hold anyone up, when you get there you will see everyone does it.

Message posted by sue0022/7/2015 at 7:38pm
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Thanks Dot P - very reassuring. Can't wait to go now!!


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