How to Travel to Spain by Boat

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Spain is located in southwestern Europe and is bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona, Spain's second largest city, is a popular travel destination as are towns and cities in the country's northern regions such as Santander, which overlooks the Cantabrian Sea. Spain can be reached by boat via ferry companies operating out of the United Kingdom and Morocco. It is also possible to reach Spain by transatlantic cruise ship.

  • Research transatlantic cruises and ferry cruises to Spain. Ferry cruises can be utilized by those traveling in the UK who wish to go to Spain. Brittany Ferries offers ferry trips from Portsmouth and Plymouth in England to Santander in Northern Spain. Ferries are also available out of Tanger in Morocco to Barcelona, Spain via Grandi Navi Veloci ferries. Transatlantic cruises can be be booked with several cruise companies including Azamara Club Cruises which offers transatlantic cruises out of Miami, Florida to Barcelona, Spain. Royal Caribbean Cruises features transatlantic cruises out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona.

  • Book a cruise or ferry ride depending on your current location and where you would like to travel in Spain, such as Barcelona, Santander, and Bilbao.

  • Decide on ferry cruise length should you pick that option. If you are looking to arrive in Spain quickly try the Brittany Ferries direct Portsmouth to Santander route which takes 24 hours. A mini three-night cruise from Portsmouth to Bilbao is available on the Pride of Bilbao ferry from P & O Ferries. Transatlantic crossings generally take about 14 days.

  • Select your route through the ferry/cruise/travel agency website of your choice. You might have to research departure and return dates before choosing your travel timetable as some ferries/cruises only depart on certain dates and at certain times. Select the date and time of your trip as well as number of passengers and if applicable, indicate whether or not you are bringing a vehicle or trailer.

  • Proceed through the customer checkout. Have a credit card ready and make sure the amount is correct before finalizing your trip purchase.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are taking your own car and want to drive to and from Spain there are numerous ferries operating out of France and the UK for such trips. Sea France is one company that operates a ferry trip from Dover, England to Calais, France.
  • P & O Ferries is another ferry company that provides ferry trips from Portsmouth to Bibao in Northern Spain. Yacht charters can be booked once in Spain from assorted locations for tours of the country refer to the Resources section for more information.
  • Be sure to purchase tickets through a secure site to avoid credit card theft.

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