Whale Watching in the Bay of Biscay
While we imagine that when one thinks of whale watching they imagine a far off wilderness in northern Europe, the frigid waters of Iceland or Alaska. But
did you know that you can also spot whales, dolphins, seabirds and sharks off the coast in Spain? The famous Bay of Biscay or as it’s commonly known as Mar Cantábrico hosts a variety of active marine wildlife, over 21 varieties of species, especially near the route to Bilbao. It is a common breeding ground for the Cuvier’s beaked whale and scientists regularly flock here to study these amazing creatures.
Whale-watching has become big business because of the popularity of these intriguing animals which is why we always recommend going with a responsible tour company that pledges to sustainable tourism. A significant portion of both whale & dolphins are ‘threatened’ by outside influences affected their reproductive cycles and general well-being.
It is highly possible to spot whales on a ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, one thing to keep in mind when booking is that these seas can often be rough. You can register for a tour with the Pride of Bilbao whale watching tour which has working with scientists from all over the world who come here to monitor and track whale movements.
You can also contact the eco-friendly tour group Company of Whales which operates in this same route. Brittany Ferries has teamed up with dolphin and whale conservation charities, ORCA to provide an incredible eco-friendly experience with whale experts on board to help point out marine wildlife. Browse
their options here
their options here.
Don’t forget to enjoy the best that the Bay of Biscay has to offer, Lounge on the beautiful beaches such as Playa de Arrigunaga or Playa de Barinatxe Salvaje. Or to see a rural marine village, we recommend visiting Plentzia, where you can see the lives of fisherman from the past.