"Bilbao to Portsmouth"
Reviewed 03 July 2014 by Anonymous
Dog area spread over into other areas. Smell overpowering. Lack of outdoor sitting areas. I would seek to travel on a no dog ship.
'Anonymous' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Cap Finistère
Reviewed 27 May 2014 by Raymond
All was fine. Food amazing and staff friendly.
'Raymond' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Cap Finistère
Reviewed 23 May 2014 by Karen
Spent a day and a night on the ferry, the staff were all very helpful and polite. The cabin was clean and comfortable, a little confusing to find but eventually managed to remember the way. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal in the restaurant, the food was excellent, staff attentive, could not have asked for better. Would certainly recommend to friends and travel again. Thank you.
'Karen' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Cap Finistère
Reviewed 08 May 2014 by Bernadette
Although the departure from Bilbao was late due to bad weather conditions at Portsmouth we had a very good crossing and docked much earlier than anticipated. We had a lovely meal in the restaurant and all staff were very pleasant.
'Bernadette' travelled Bilbao Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries on Cap Finistère
The precise origins of Bilbao have not been determined. However, a settlement had already been established and had significantly developed on both banks of the "ría del Nervión" before it officially became a villa. It was Don Diego López de Haro V, lord of Vizcaya, who gave the city its title in the year 1300, due to its great importance as a commercial and maritime centre at the time. The singular location of the city allowed it to continue growing. The maritime business developed rapidly, whilst the original population spread out on both sides of the river. The commercial exchanges fuelled the cultural enrichment of the city.
Today Bilbao is a dynamic city, full of amenities and focused on environmental and urban regeneration. With its lands freed from the old industrial settlements, the city is now undergoing a new physical transformation.
Britain's foremost naval station, Portsmouth occupies the bulbous peninsula of Portsea Island, on the eastern flank of a huge, easily defended harbour. The ancient Romans raised a fortress on the northernmost edge of this inlet, and a small port developed during the Norman era, but this strategic location wasn't fully exploited until Tudor times, when Henry VII established the world's first dry dock here and made Portsmouth a royal dockyard. It has flourished ever since and nowadays Portsmouth is a large industrialized city, its harbour clogged with naval frigates, ferries bound for the continent or the Isle of Wight, and swarms of dredgers and tugs.
Old Portsmouth, based around the original harbour, preserves some Georgian and a little Tudor character. East of here is Southsea , a residential suburb of terraces with a resort strewn along its shingle beach, where a mass of B&Bs face stoic naval monuments.