This well-appointed privately-owned two-bedroomed (one twin; one double) compact holiday flat is available for rent in the month of August 2011.
(Other dates may also be available - Any enquiries please email to CONTACT)
It lies in the Barrio de Playa of San Vicente de la Barquera, in the Spanish province of Cantabria, on the Northern coast of the Iberian Peninsular.
San Vicente de la Barquera, a medieval city, is easily accessible from Santander, just forty minutes drive by the motorway,
or rather more than an hour via the scenic coastal road passing through a few interesting local towns and pretty villages,.
although these could be left for follow-on trips out.
Santander can be reached from the U.K. by economical Ryanair flights and utilising reasonably priced car-hire from the airport.
In ideal travelling circumstances, this brings the town as little as five hours door-to-door
from anywhere within one hour of Stansted airport, for instance.
If you wish to bring your own vehicle, then the Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander ferry operates three sailings weekly,
adding the experience of the voyage to your holiday. More travel detail is given at the bottom of this page.
To see maps and satellite images of the location, go to GOOGLE MAPS and type in "San Vicente de la Barquera"
For the precise position, copy and paste the co-ordinates " 43.384567,-4.386817 " into the search box.
The apartments are at the Green Arrow
The apartment is in a quiet situation, on the top floor of a small block of thirty apartments, on a green hillside overlooking the town across the harbour.
Here shown from the marina;
and here, from the town quay.
The adjacent car park hosts a weekly market.
The elevation affords the most impressive views from all rooms, even the second bedroom at the rear looks across the rural hill view behind the building to the sea.
It is possible to estimate the quality of the waves for surfing on the adjacent main beach even before leaving your bedroom!
Below is a panorama of San Vincente de la Barquera harbour and town, with its background of the Picos de Europa.
It has been photographed from the main balcony, and the same view is to be seen from the first bedroom - Scroll right to view
The Cantabrian coast offers surfing, fishing, safe and fine sandy beaches, beautiful scenery and mountains, superb walks, sun and sea.
As already mentioned, the apartment's living room, balcony and main bedroom each overlooks the harbour and mountains shown above.
Haze obscures the Picos in this image.
A close eye can also be kept on the surfing sea conditions from the second bedroom and from the open walkway to the front door.
There is a perfectly adequate, modern galley kitchen in which chef can prepare family or romantic meals;
although the town has a fine selection of cafés and restaurants to suit most tastes and pockets, a number of which eateries enjoy pleasant outlooks across the water.
At dusk and night-time the view from the apartment and balcony are equally romantic, with the famous castle - the Castillo de Rey - with its museum, and the Gothic church of Santa Maria de los Angeles, which boasts the beautifully carved alabaster prone statue of an infamous member of the Spanish Inquisition lying reading over his sarcophogus , are each wonderfully floodlit.
Whilst at breakfast-time the scenery can be little short of breathtaking.
The town boasts a plethora of excellent cafés and restaurants to cater for most tastes and pockets.
Fish are quite obviously a major menu item in this location. The selections of sea food are comprehensive.
A good number of these premises overlook the highly picturesque harbour.
The beaches here are exceptional. There is a small beach, safe for children, little more than two minutes walk from the apartment and its car park (yes, there is private parking).
Adjacent are several victualling premises, including tapis bars and their restaurants with alfresco eating in fine weather.
Barely five minutes further walk, across the promontary which forms the Eastern side of the harbour,
takes you directly onto the stunning gently curved main beach, with approaching two kilometres of well maintained fine sands stretching far to the East and the next headland.
The whole area is perfect for walkers.
The beaches and dunes provide all but level ground
for either leisurely strolls or exercise running and jogging,
whilst the foot-hills offer more adventurous walks in beautiful coastal countryside.
A half-hour's car drive will bring you into mountain country,
where the more adventurous can enjoy exhilarating hikes
and the most stunning scenery.
Surfing, dependant upon sea conditions,
can be perfect for beginners and experienced hands alike.
There are several surfing schools in the locality.
Swimming is safe when green flags are flying, and Lifeguards are present during the main Summer holiday periods.
Unlike many more widely known beaches, it would be unusual for the Playas to be really heavily peopled; even at the height of the season.
At other times one can be practically alone with one's thoughts.
For the fisherman, it may be possible to arrange an angling trip with one of the many motor-boats plying out of the harbour.
In Winter-time, two or three little-pressured and comparatively inexpensive ski centres with hire facilities are within an hour or so's drive.
The fine city of Santander is only forty minutes drive, and presents the visitor with one of Europe's foremost metropolitan centres, architecturally, scenically and socially.
Santander bay affords superb sailing, and an internationally famous sailing school.
At various sites, all within an hour's drive,
between San Vicente and Santander,
there are opportunities
for the physically able and
adventurous to take their sports
to new heights.
Parasailing takes place on several headlands, and sailboarding and kite-surfing have excellent wind and sea conditions
sheltered, just within the Bay of Santander, from the Biscay rollers when strong winds are in evidence.
Cycling is also a popular, though demanding, pastime in the area.
There is, however, no need whatsoever to leave the area of San Vicente
if all you require is a relaxing sea-side holiday on your own, or with your family.
Everything you could wish for such a holiday is on hand.
Whilst small (and well-behaved) pets are permissible
in the apartment, it should be borne in mind that
such animals are prohibited from the beaches
in the Summer season.
Fines may be imposed, and locals can also show considerable antipathy.
Don't just take our word for the exceptional attraction of this fine coastal town, its facilities and relaxing location . . . . . .
. . . . . . . visit San Vincente de la Barquera for yourself.
If you are interested, please email this CONTACT ADDRESS
Alternative rental periods may be available by arrangement.
Santander Airport provides quick and easy access from all over Europe and the U.K. Ryanair and Iberian Airways have regular and extremely economical flights.
Brittany Ferries operate pedestrian and vehicular ferry services to Santander from both Portsmouth and Plymouth,
and to Bilbao from Portsmouth.
It is also possible to access Cantabria via Easyjet flights from Stansted and Luton, which come to Bilbao - just under two hours from San Vicente by car, and one hour's drive further East of Santander.
Both cities are the most beautiful and culturally significant places to visit. Bilbao has the famous Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum, housing Picasso works amongst many others.
Learn more of Northern Spain's beautiful and green province of Cantabria
Any enquiries please email to CONTACT
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