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School holidays are from (last day) Friday April 11 to (return) Monday April 28, 2014

GETTING TO ASTURIAS

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Option 1: Fly Cork- Barcelona and then fly Barcelona- Oviedo (90 minutes, with Vueling). There are Friday and Sundays flights to/from Barcelona.

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Friday August 11:

10:50 a.m. Departure from Cork to Barcelona

2:05 p.m. Arrive Barcelona

Do an overnight in Barcelona on arrival night to break up the flight.

Upon arrival to Oviedo airport it is pretty much under an hour to wherever we are going.

Sunday August 27:

2:50 p.m. Depart Barcelona on Aerlingus

4:20 p.m. Arrive to Cork

cost: 4 tickets to Barcelona+ 4 tickets to Asturias

Option 2: Drive to Dublin, Fly to Bilbao, drive to Asturias

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No Friday or Sunday flights so we would have to go Saturday to Saturday

Saturday April 12:

12:30 p.m.Depart Dublin

3:35 p.m. Arrive Bilbao

4-7 pm. Drive straight to Asturias (it´s approx 3 hours to Western areas of Asturias) OR probably better to overnight in Santander and on day 2 explore the cute villages of Cantabria on the way to Asturias including Santillana del Mar, San Vicente la Barquera, Comillas…

Here is a lovely looking place to stay in Cantabria

Saturday April 26:

Drive to Bilbao (approx 3 hours)

4:15 p.m. depart Bilbao on Aerlingus

5:15 p.m. Arrive Dublin, drive to Terry´s (1 hour) or to Cork (3 hours)

cost: 4 tickets to Bilbao plus gas Cork-Dublin and gas Bilbao-Asturias

Option 3: Fly Cork- Barcelona and drive to Asturias

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same flights as above in Option 1 and the drive will be over 9 hours. We could break up the drive with an overnight or 2 for instance:

Ezcaray in Rioja, it´s a 4 hour 45 minute drive there from Barcelona airport, we could drive straight  there on arrival day to get there in time for dinner. Sleep in Ezcaray for example at Echaurren (awesome restaurant there to try). Chill out the next day there ,  go to lunch, it´s a great place for kids. Explore the Sierra de Cameros, Sierra de Demanda, etc. On day 3 of the trip then, drive to Asturias, it´s about 3 1/2 hours to Arriondas. Apartments in Ezcaray here.

On the return end, probably better to just fly to Barcelona one way on Vueling. OR break up the trip with a stop in: drive to Haro (4 hours) and lunch at Las Duelas. From Haro, drive to Penedes (4 hours) and overnight in Penedes (like at Cal Ruget). Drop off car at Barcelona airport the next morning. OR overnight in Laguardia and drive next day straight to Barcelona.

cost: 4 tickets to Barcelona+ lots of gas

Train: The train is 10 hours from Barcelona to Oviedo!

For summer trips and longer stays we can look at ferry trips. In this case we would have to travel:

Ireland to UK first and then UK to Spain. There are ferries:

Rosslare – Fishguard

Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead

Dublin Port – Holyhead

Plymouth to Santander

Portsmouth to Bilbao

Portsmouth to Santander

Our route from Cork would be:

Kinsale to Rosslare (3 hours)

Ferry to Fishguard (3 1/2 hours)

Fishguard to Plymouth (4 hours 15 minutes)

Overnight in Plymouth

Plymouth Ferry to Santander

Departure Plymouth  Day 1 – 15:45
Arrival Santander Day 2 – 12:15

In Santander, drive to Asturias (2 hours)

approx 2 -3 day journey getting from Cork to Asturias by Ferry. Worth it maybe for longer trips as we could have our own car.

Departure Santander day 1-  21:15
Arrival     Plymouth Day 2 -16:15

approx 1 day journey

OR

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