Ireland to Spain Ferry
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There are 4 ferry sailings per week to Spain from Ireland on the Cork to Santander ferry route. The route is operated by Brittany Ferries économie offering a comfortable but frill free travel experience. The duration is approximately 26 hours. Depending on whether you leave in the morning or evening, you will either spend one or two nights on board.
Note that this route must be booked in Euros.
For the first time in history it is now possible to take the ferry directly from Ireland to Spain. On board the ferry, the Connemara, you will find comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, lounges, self-service dining, shopping and a café/bar. You will have a wonderful and relaxing travel experience and save time and money compared to driving from France or travelling via the UK.
Why travel by ferry to Spain from Ireland?
The biggest advantage of travelling to Spain by ferry is the ability to take your car and to also take as much luggage as you want with you. It's the ideal solution if you have a holiday home in Spain or are planning to stay a long time and don't want the hassle or expense of hiring a car when you arrive.If you're staying more than a week, the expense of hiring a car can be higher than the cost of taking the ferry in the first place. Plus, you have the added advantage of driving a vehicle you are familiar with when you arrive.
Santander is also a big city with plenty of history and plenty to do - from here there are great road connections to the rest of Spain - however, the city is worth exploring in its own right.
Taking your pet on the ferry to Spain
The other great advantage of taking the ferry from Ireland to Spain is the ease with which you can take a pet. And it can also be considerably cheaper too than flying and certainly less traumatic for your best buddy compared to flying as you can visit him or her during the trip.
One of the easiest and most convenient ways of travelling with your pet, however, is to book a pet friendly cabin. These cabins are just as comfortable as normal cabins but have linoleum flooring making it easy to clear up after your pet - just in case. If you want a pet friendly cabin, just book it as you would do a normal cabin when making your booking.
For more information on travelling with your pet, visit: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview.
Onboard your Ireland to Spain ferry
Ireland to Spain ferries are provided by Brittany Ferries so you are guaranteed a pleasant and straightforward journey as this ferry company is one of the most experienced and popular in the world. The ferry operating this route is the Connemara, which operates using the Brittany Ferries économie model. What does that mean? It means thta you may not find as many facilities as a cruise ferry but the crossing will be comfortable and the price will be exceptional. It's a bit like comparing a five star and a three star hotel. Book a cabin and you'll arrive refreshed and relaxed in Spain - this isn't always the case if you drive to Spain through France.
The ship offers a variety of cabins - both inside (no window) and outside (with a window) with ensuite facilities. You'll also find lounges, a cafe-bar and a wonderful self service restuarant offering a variety of choices for the whole family includig vegetarian options.
There's also a shop on board offering duty free level prices so you can stock up on last minute gifts.
All in all, we're sure that you'll have an exceptional travel experience, however as this route is very popular we recommend booking as soon as possible.