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  • The wonderful sandy Playa de Berria beach
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  • Dine alfresco
  • A comfortable bedroom
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  • The hotel has a reputation for its delicious cuisine
  • The hotel’s indoor pool
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Juan de la Cosa by Ferry QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Juan de la Cosa by Ferry

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

2 passengers
  • A plane in a circle with a strikethrough No fly
  • A rossette Highly Commended
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Uncover Green Spain from this family-run hotel in Cantabria

Guide to Cantabria

Panoramic views of San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabrias

Experience Spain's much-loved Cantabria with an added dose of our insider knowledge.

This hotel was hand-picked for you for its authentic Spanish experience.

There’s no flying involved on this holiday to Spain. After cruising overnight from Plymouth, enjoy a seven-night stay at the small and friendly Juan de la Cosa. Santoña’s renowned Playa de Berria beach is a hop, skip and jump away from this locally rated 4-star hotel run by the Santillana-Astuy family. You’ll quickly feel right at home and may even learn a secret or two about the area from the attentive staff. In fact, exploring this beautiful part of Spain is easy, either independently or on a choice of optional excursions. Plus, Saga is the exclusive all-inclusive tour operator in the UK market.

Outbound: Depart Plymouth at 15:45. Arriving in Santander at 13:15 the following day.

Inbound: Depart Santander at 15:45. Arriving in Plymouth at 10:45 the following day.

The very best thing is the Cantabrian food - absolutely excellent, especially the tapas at lunchtime.

George, London

Here at Juan de la Cosa we really look after our guests. For me, the most important thing is the guests and their holiday experience. Come to this hotel and experience ‘Real Spain’.

Belen, Saga host

The cookery demonstration is a highlight of your stay at Hotel Juan de la Cosa. You are treated to an experience with the chef where you learn how to make a traditional Spanish omelette and taste different wines from Rioja, Rueda and Galicia to complement your dish.

Margot, Hotel Owner

If you’re planning a stay at the hotel Juan de la Cosa, do take a few minutes to visit our ‘What to Explore’ and ‘How to Explore’ sections below.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plateAll breakfasts, tapas/snack lunches and á la carte dinners

CocktailFree bar 12 hours a day (wide range of spirits)

CocktailVIP Club Lounge

PersonDedicated Saga Host

Plus...

  • All-inclusive drinks including selected premium brands in addition to local wines and spirits
  • Traditional tapas lunches
  • Waiter service
  • Winelist with a choice of recommended white, red and rosé wines, and bottled water included at lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea and cake
  • Direct transfers
  • Free local bus tickets to Santoña
  • Hosted drinks reception
  • Guided orientation walks
  • Live entertainment
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage

MapIncluded excursions:

  • Santona and Laredo (half day)
  • Lierganes (half day)

and on holidays of 16 nights or longer

  • Santander (half day)
  • Castro Urdiales (half day)

Address

Juan de la Cosa, Playa de Berria, 14 - 39740 Santoña, Cantabria, España

Introduction

You can look forward to a warm welcome and personal service from owners Felipe and Margot at their comfortable 4-star hotel. They take special pride in the hotel's restaurant, which has splendid views of the beach and sea as well as delicious dishes.

Accommodation

The hotel has 55 contemporary-furnished rooms.

You can upgrade to a sea-view room for a supplement, subject to availability.

Television
Telephone
Hairdryer
Safe
Tea coffee making facilities
Fridge

Food and Drink

Enjoy delicious home cooked dishes typical of the region: savour buffet-style breakfasts, tasty tapas or snack lunches at the bar or on its terrace and waiter-served dinners in their locally acclaimed à la carte restaurant. Complimentary tea and cake is also available at 4pm daily in the bar.

A delicious demonstration

The hotel prides itself on its food, and during your stay you’ll be able to enjoy an included cookery demonstration – a great way to take a taste of Spain back to your own kitchen. As the chef cooks up a storm, you’ll be able to taste a selection of wine from the area, each carefully selected by the hotel’s owner, Felipe.

Entertainment

During your stay, you can enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities are at an additional charge. Activities may change from time to time.

  • A cookery demonstration with a selection of wines
  • Live music/flamenco dancing
  • A talk on interesting facts and differences between the British and Spanish cultures
  • Mystery tours
  • Table tennis
  • Darts
  • Table football
  • Golf - Available nearby – please ask the resort staff for details

Other Hotel Information

The hotel has a lift to all floors and air-conditioning and central heating.

Juan de la Cosa Bedroom
Swimming pool
Juan de la cosa reception

Climate

Santona and Laredo

Enjoy a guided tour of the charming coastal town of Santona and learn about its anchovy industry that is so important to the local economy. The pretty resort town of Laredo faces Santona across the bay.

Half day
Laredo, Spain
Santona Cantabria Spain Europe
  • Included on 9 nights itinerary
  • Included on 16 nights itinerary

Lierganes

Spend the morning in medieval Lierganes, believed to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

Half day
Old bridge over Miera river in Lierganes
  • Included on 9 nights itinerary
  • Included on 16 nights itinerary

Santander

Enjoy a visit to Cantabria’s grand, bustling regional capital.

Half day
View of Santander, Cantabria
Santander Cantabria Spain Europe
  • Included on 16 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary

Castro Urdiales

Spend the morning at leisure in the seaside town of ‘Castro’, known for its pleasant old town and Gothic Church dating from the middle ages.

Half day
The port city of Castro Urdiales
  • Included on 16 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary

Bilbao and the Guggenheim

Bilbao stands on the estuary of the River Nervión. The capital of the Vizkaya province, it became a centre for shipbuilding and manufacturing during the mid-19th century. Its old town is a labyrinth of narrow pedestrian streets branching out from the Plaza Nueva. It’s one of the culinary capitals of Spain, whether you’re looking for a Michelin-starred restaurant or want to feast on tapas from the numerous bars.

The most dramatic addition to Bilbao’s cityscape in recent years is the Guggenheim Museum, a branch of the famous museum in New York which opened in 1997. Designed by the North American architect Frank Gehry, the building is a contortion of shapes, with limestone blocks contrasting with curtains of glass and curved, bent forms draped in titanium. Its collection of modern art is no less fascinating, with work from the Guggenheim in New York and local acquisitions to admire.

Full day
Guggenheim at Bilbao
Bilbao Basque Country Spain Europe
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 16 nights itinerary

Picos de Europa

The highest range of mountains in the Cantabrian Cordillera is just 30 kilometres from the sea. The region, which covers 700 square kilometres, was declared a national park in 1995 – the largest in Europe. Venture deep into the Picos de Europa on this excursion which will take you along the narrow Hermida Ravine, in the valley of the River Deva. Reach the delightful mountain village of Potes, set in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by mountain peaks. Enjoy free time to admire the scenery and attractive old stone houses, including the Torre del Infantado, a 15th-century tower that's now the Town Hall. Next, a cable-car ride offers a different view of the mountains that is sure to take your breath away.

Full day
Picos de Europa mountains
Picos de Europa Asturias Spain Europe
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 16 nights itinerary

San Sebastian

The resort town of San Sebastian is set on the Bay of Biscay and boasts several golden sand beaches, which are framed by a picturesque promenade. Further inland you’ll discover elegant art nouveau architecture, ornate bridges, world-renowned restaurants and well-manicured gardens.

Full day
Biscay bay sea shore and embankment in San Sebastian
San Sebastian Basque Country Spain Europe
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 16 nights itinerary

Santillana del Mar and San Vicente de la Barquera

Drive across Cantabria, pausing at San Vicente de la Barquera, en route to the beautifully preserved medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Stroll past 15th to 18th-century mansions to the Romanesque collegiate church, built to house the relics of St Juliana. While preserved and protected as a Spanish national monument since 1889 Santillana del Mar is still a living, working village. It's also said to be three times a lie, as it is not holy (santo), nor flat (llano) or by the sea (de mar)!

Next you'll visit the amazing prehistoric cave paintings of Altamira, often described as the Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic art. Visits to this UNESCO World Heritage Site are no longer allowed to protect the ancient artwork but the on-site museum contains an excellent replica of the caves and paintings.

Full day
San Vicente de la Barquera
Santillana del Mar Cantabria Spain Europe
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 16 nights itinerary

...holiday creator, Richard Newsome, shares why he believes Juan de la Cosa is a Saga classic.

“Saga is amidst a renewed drive to provide our guests with great quality, excellent value for money holidays, that offer something truly unique. We’ve chosen to partner with the family-run Juan de la Cosa, as they share our vision for welcoming guests as though they’re our friends and family. Both the hotel owners and the Saga host, Belén, take great pride in embracing the needs of Saga guests and providing the highest levels of service.

It may be clichéd to talk about looking for ‘authenticity’ in a holiday package to Spain, but we believe this is the real deal. Imagine finding a Spanish all-inclusive hotel, where you have the option of relaxing at the bar to eat tapas and ‘pintxos’ for lunch, as if eating at a street cafe in Bilbao’s old town. This authenticity, coupled with a warm welcome from the latest generation of a Spanish family, with over one hundred years’ hospitality experience, makes for a wonderful holiday.

Juan de la Cosa’s unique location is both on the beach and bordering a nature reserve, perfect for birdwatchers and walkers. If you’re in the mood for adventure, spend a day exploring the majestic Picos de Europa mountains; Basque capital of Bilbao; gastronomic San Sebastian; or the city of Santander, where the social scene gravitates around El Sardinero beach.

I’ve been lucky to live in this part of Spain, and the zest for life and friendliness of the locals is contagious. This, coupled with a strong social calendar of fiestas and saint’s days, provide a great excuse for celebrating.”

Guide to Cantabria

Panoramic views of San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabrias

Experience Spain's much-loved Cantabria with an added dose of our insider knowledge.

Juan de la Cosa by Ferry

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

2 passengers
Juan de la Cosa by Ferry QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain