Arriving in Spain - Santander
The Pont-Aven was our home for the 24 hour ferry trip across the Bay of Biscay to Santander in Spain. An inside cabin was cosy though the beds were abysmally uncomfortable. Despite the heavy swell, the trip was smooth. Heavy weather overnight, which we didn't really notice, slowed us down and we docked an hour late.
An hour late meant that we arrived in the middle of Santander at peak hour. Not only did we have to contend with driving on the other side of the road in quite a large vehicle, new (to us) road rules, road signs in another language and heavy traffic weaving all over the place, we had absolutely no idea which way to go. We couldn't set up the GPS until we were out on the road, and by the time it had worked out where we were and where we wanted to be, we were headed in the wrong direction! Careful negotiation of roundabouts anticlockwise got us back on track and we headed out of town towards the west.
The most noticeable thing about the major highway out of town was the Pampas grass growing everywhere by the roadsides. It has obviously become a major imported pest and it's easy to see why we classified it a noxious weed at home. Once off the big roads and onto the small ones, we passed though small villages and rolling green hills and arrived at Santillano del Mar which, as it happens, is about 4kms from the sea.