Santander or Bilbao?

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  1. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    Don't know which port to come back from when we come back from Portugal in April. Which is best please?
    Price is same but timings better
    will it still be cold in Northern Spain in April?
     
  2. Theonlysue

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    More shops at Santander. Bilbao us just a port with nothing to do.
     
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    early april can be chilly but normally ok . we use santander ideally outwards and return . but it seems might have to be portsmouth out as plymouth seems to stop 14oct.
    santander is a far easier place than bibao. better to avoid that traffic area .
     
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    It will be Bilbao for us this year. It is about 60 miles nearer to our destination and we can also overnight on the quayside.

    Brisey.
     
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    Brisey, as a seasoned traveller, do you know if it is cheaper to book direct with Brittany Ferries or CC club.
    As this will be our first winter abroad, I am getting over excited and desperate to book.
    Thanks
    David.
     
  6. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    I booked through cc&c club after looking at the prices it was the same. The only thing is I can pay the whole thing by tesco cc card therefore getting me tesco points as apposed to paying through BF they charge £5 to use a credit card.
    ps . They will give me 7% off my return fare as I have used them for my trip there.
     
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    Struggling to book at the moment on-line booking down at C/C which is usually cheaper

    Sue
     
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    Quoted £5 more last time by C&CC, it covered the credit card charge from BF. Keep us posted, discussed with carefree who were adamant that they charged the same as BF. Paid with debit card in the end to BF.:(
     
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    I have only used Brittany Ferries to Spain twice. On both occasions I booked direct with Brittany Ferries. There are a few friendly Funsters who may be prepared to supply you with a discount code if you ask nicely.

    On the one occasion I booked a crossing from Portsmouth to Caen through the C&CC. I had to come home a few days early and phoned C&CC to amend the booking. They wanted an extra £140 which was more than I had originally paid. Not surprisingly I turned their offer down. I drove to the port and changed the booking directly with Brittany Ferries, cost was €40.
    Brisey.
     
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    I usually prefer Santander but last time I drove into Santander it was a public holiday and it was chaotic.

    Avoid on a public holiday.
     
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    Thanks brisey I'll take note of that if I have to change booking
     
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    Just spoke to caravan club after holding for 10 mins:sleep: they eventually informed me that they don't have prices from Brittany till later today.....:rolleyes:
     
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    Just tried to book using guest code. Was told to phone, phoned and was told that code had been used more than 15 times and was no longer valid.
    Please, has anyone got a new/newish code.
    David
     
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    Sent you a message - conversation
     
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    That's interesting. First time I've heard of that but it was always on the cards I suppose and is the reason I wouldn't give out my club number to anyone but family. Call me miserable if you like but once you have given out your number you don't know who it might be passed on to.
     
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    Just booked Santander to Portsmouth 12th nov 334 pounds with an inside cabin at 65 pounds with the cc club this was ten pounds cheaper than going direct to Brittany Ferries(y)
     
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    It's in the Terms, max of £150 from Friends & Family.
     
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    Thanks to Geejay, now sorted.
    Many thanks for all replies.
     
  19. Petew

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    Came back from Bilbao with Brittany Ferries early this year. There is a very good restaurant at Puerto Zierbena, about a mile from the port.
    Mainly fish. Gambas with garlic to die for!!
     
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    Heading down to Spain again this winter via Bilbao same as last year. The benefit of traveling via Bilbao is that the ferry arrives early morning (every other sailing) enabling you to get some distance without stopping for the night. We can make it to southern Spain by early evening on one hop.
     
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