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Planning your travel to Spain

Before coming to Spain you should have some things in mind, like the entry requirements and paperwork you need in order to travel to Spain. We also give you some recommendations to help you prepare for your journey to Cantabria.


A full British passport, valid for the duration of the visit, is required to enter mainland Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands.
EU, Norway and Iceland citizens do not require visas for visits whatever the length and purpose of the visit.
Holders of passports valid for the entire period of the visit, issued by Canada, Japan and the USA do not require visas for visits of under 90 days, but a special visa is required for longer stays.
All other nationals should contact the Spanish Consular authorities.


If you’re planning to drive in Spain, you can in general use your UK licence without any problems. Just make sure that your licence is up to date before you leave and that you have it with you.


In Spain, as in most other countries of the European Union, the official currency is the euro since January of 2002.
One euro has 100 cents.
There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, € 1 and € 2.
There are seven different notes: € 5, € 10, € 20, € 50, € 100, € 200, and € 500.


The peninsular territory and Balearic Islands go by the Greenwich Meridian time zone (GTM), plus 1 hour in the winter, and 2 hours in the summer. In the Canary Islands the time zone is that of the Greenwich Meridian, plus 1 hour in the summer, always one hour behind peninsular Spain.


Voltage in Spain is 220 AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are two pin. Therefore you should bring a euro travel adaptor.


Travel insurance is recommended, as is personal liability insurance for any claims that may arise. Please make sure that you have personal liability insurance.
European Community nationals are insured through the state insurance fund against accident and illness. Before travelling ask for the E111 form at your local health insurance office. Non-European Community nationals should have an international health insurance policy that is valid for Spain.


For walking local paths around the cottage or practicing trekking we recommend you to bring mountain boots or your most comfortable shoes. And don’t forget your swimming costume in case you go to the spa or the beach.

By car

To get to The Spanish Course by car just get

  • From Madrid 421 Km.
  • From Bilbao 102 Km.
  • From London 1,400 Km.

Rent a car

  • We do recommend you to hire a car if you want to make the most of your stay in Cantabria.
  • This is also the cheapest option for travelling around.
  • Usually the low budget air companies offer the best prices. Therefore, if you fly with RYANAIR rent your car with them.
  • Another cheap option is booking with EASYCAR.

By coach

ALSA is the main coach company for Santander.

  • From Madrid: 4:30h
  • From Bilbao: 1:15h
  • From Oviedo: 2:30h

By train

RENFE has different services to Santander.

  • From Madrid: Alvia 4:20h

By plane

  • RYANAIR has got flights to Santander from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Roma, Brussels, Barcelona and Madrid.
  • Other companies flying to Santander include IBERIA and VUELING.
  • You can also fly to Bilbao Airport. Non free pick up can be arranged.

By Ferry

Sail from Plymouth or Porstmouth to Santander.
Travel with your car to see more of the region.