Garabandal is located in the north west of Spain about three hours drive from the French border town of Irun. It is an hour and fifteen minutes drive south of Santander (80.6 km), a substantial coastal city where the Bishop of the diocese resides. (See Michelin map 572 Regional Espana).Garabandal is located 15 miles inland from the Cantabrian coast some 35 miles (50 miles by car because of the winding roads) west by southwest of Santander. Santander is an important port and because of its beautiful, expansive beaches and temperate summer climate, a vacation favourite for Spaniards. It is 250 miles straight north of Madrid and 140 miles west of the nearest port of entry from France, Hendaye-Irun.
TRAVELLING BY CAR:
From Madrid it is a day drive. The shorter route to Garabandal is via Burgos, Corconte, Reinosa, Cabuerniga, Puentenansa and Cosio. The longer but better route is via Burgos, Vargas, Torrelavega, Cabezon de la Sal, Cabuerniga, Puentenansa and Cosio. Both routes are good. The road from Puentenansa to Cosio is undergoing major upgrading.
From Santander it is about an hour drive to Cosio. The freeway south is excellent. You take the turnoff at Pesues to Puentenansa and on to Garabandal, or you can turn off earlier to Cabezon de la Sal and travel the mountain route.
UPDATE: There is four-lane freeway now from the French border to just east of Cabezon. The road from Cabueriga to Puentenansa is now wider and better for a safer, easier and faster trip.
TAXIS: Available in all cities and even in the smaller villages. Ask anyone.
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN:
From Madrid, catch the RENFE train at Chamartin station to Santander (about five hours). Book first class for more comfortable seating. Hotel Chamartin (good accommodation) is next to the train station.
From Santander catch the FEVE train to Cabezon de la Sal. This train departs every hour from 6.15 am to 20.15 pm and takes about one hour at a cost of 2.50 Euros. Take a taxi to Garabandal, about a half hour drive at a cost of 40 Euros. If none available at the station, telephone Jose on 609 442210.
TRAVELLING BY PLANE:
The airport, located 5 kilometres to the east of Santander city centre, has domestic flights connecting Santander with Barcelona and Madrid and Ryanair International flights from London Stansted, Rome-Ciampino and Frankfurt-Hahn.
NB As Ryanair is a low cost budget airline, it is important to be aware of their strict baggage regulations. Each passenger is allowed free of charge, one piece of cabin baggage weighing no more than 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. If your total baggage does not meet these guidelines, then refer to www.ryanair. com to check on their strict terms and conditions of travel for carrying your baggage in the aircraft hold.
Additionally, Bilbao Airport, situated about 110 kms from Santander, operates international flights to and from the main European capitals. There are buses and trains to and from Bilbao Airport to the city centre, where there is a coach service to Santander.
TRAVELLING BY BUS:
There is a permanent bus service which connects Santander airport with the city centre bus station every 30 minutes. The bus ticket costs approximately 1.6 Euros.
Buses stop at Irun to Galicia, Bilbao, Santander and San Vicente de la Barquera (near Pesues). Buses also leave from Madrid going to Santander. Buses leave from Cabezon connecting with trains from Santander and stops at Cosio just three miles from Garabandal. Check with bus company: Madrid - 91 745 63 00 , Santander: 942 22 53 18 or http://www.alsa.com
TRAVELLING BY BOAT:
Brittany Ferries, a French line, has the Plymouth, England, to Santander run. A 700 passenger, 170 car boat with cabins leaves Plymouth on certain days. Check with your travel agent or web site http://www.brittanyferries.com
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Hotel Accommodation in Garabandal. Sari's Hotel offers very good
accommodation, great food, wine and bar
facilities. Phone number is 34 (country code) 9 4272 7145. Miguel Angel Gonzales
(the Village Mayor), also offers
home style accommodation and meals.
Phone number is 34 (country code) 9 4272 7113.
Para llamar desde fuera de España, Teléfono y Fax, debe marcar: +34+(número)