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The Irish city of Cork is located in the south west of the country in the province of Munster. It is Ireland's second largest city and stands on an island on the River Lee which divides into two channels to the west and east of the city. Quays and docks can be found to the east of the city where both channels merge again. From here the river flows to Lough Mahon and Cork harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours.
The city has retained its heritage although little remains of the medieval walled city. Much though is retained from the 18th century and Victorian era onwards. The retail trade in Cork city includes a mix of both modern, state of the art shopping centres and family owned local shops. Department stores cater for all budgets, with expensive boutiques for one end of the market and high street stores also available.
Passenger facilities at Cork's ferry terminal are limited and comprise mainly of waiting areas and refreshments. For more facilities, visitors should head to Ringaskiddy where a post office offers a bureau de change and tourist information. The city of Cork is not much further up the sound for a much larger selection of services. Ringaskiddy can provide ATMs, restaurants, petrol, lower market accommodation (B&Bs) and some convenience item shopping.
The modern Spanish city of Santander is located net to the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Sea, and is a popular destination with tourists who are mainly drawn to the city's lovely beaches and in particular those that are located around the resort of El Sardinero. The one stand out beach in this area is the Playa Primera de El Sardinero. Unsurprisingly the most popular time to visit the city tends to be during the warm summer months with many of the visitors making a direct beeline towards one of the many beaches. However, alternative ways of spending time in or around the city include taking a leisurely stroll along the Avenida de la Reina Victoria or along the promenade of Paseo Maritimo or by taking a cruise along the coastline. Santander's busy fishing district, known as Barrio Pesquero, is perhaps the best place to find a good seafood restaurant.
The Port of Santander is host to ferry services to Plymouth and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. The crossing time for Portsmouth is around 24 hours and to Plymouth, 20 hours.