Are you searching for the latest ferry routes and updated itineraries in Spain for 2021? Start organizing your next ferry trips from Spain (Barcelona, Valencia) to the Balearic and the Canary Islands, as well as North Africa. Ferryhopper keeps all information up to date regarding ferry schedules to help you plan your trips
Note: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, ferry itineraries may change. Ferryhopper will keep you updated every week in order to find all the latest information on the Spanish ferry crossings.
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When do we expect announcements for the Spanish ferry schedules in 2021?
Companies operating the Spanish ferry routes are preparing their schedules for 2021, based on the current COVID-19 situation and we expect them to be announced by the end of 2020. By the time ferry companies release the rest of their schedules, Ferryhopper will have included in its search engine all the latest ferry timetables in Spain, as well as updated ticket prices. In the meantime, you can have a look at the available direct and indirect routes in Spain that have already been announced and find useful information and tips to help you begin making your 2021 plans.
Take a ferry from any Spanish port and begin your Spanish trips.
Ferries from Mainland Spain: the main ports
Spain is a country that has a long coastline with ports both in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. You can choose one of the several ports in mainland Spain to start your ferry trip, depending on your destination and the duration of the journey. While most ferry companies operate between the ports that are closer to each other, you might prefer a longer and more scenic ferry route. For example, you could pick Barcelona as your point of departure for Morocco, rather than Algeciras or Malaga. The major ports in mainland Spain are:
- Ports in eastern mainland Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Gandia, Denia, Alicante
- Ports in southern mainland Spain: Almeria, Motril, Malaga, Algeciras
- Ports in southwestern mainland Spain: Huelva
Which are the main ferry operators in Spain?
The main ferry operators in Spain are Naviera Armas, Balearia, Trasmediterranea, FRS, GNV, Grimaldi and Fred Olsen Express. Their large fleets serve many routes from the ports of mainland Spain to the Spanish Islands as well as to other countries, such as Morocco and Italy.
Ferry from Spain to the Balearic Islands
The Balearic islands are some of the most popular destinations of the Mediterranean and we expect that the ferry routes to the Balearics will continue operating in 2021. Ibiza and Mallorca are the most known islands and reaching them from the Iberic peninsula is quite easy. You can take a ferry from almost every Spanish port of the mainland such as Valencia or Denia and travel easily to Ibiza and Mallorca. The ferry companies that usually operate these crossings are Balearia and Trasmediterranea.
There are also many ferry connections between Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera. Balearia and Trasmediterranea are also the main ferry companies that operate the routes between the Balearic Islands. Ferry connections are regular and since the islands are located close to one another, the duration of most sailings is less than 3 hrs.
Ibiza - Formentera Ferry Connection
It is worth mentioning that the only way of reaching Formentera is by ferry through Ibiza. It is one of the most popular ferry routes in Spain during the summer and with several daily crossings. The distance between Ibiza and Formentera is 90 nautical miles and the trip duration usually takes from 30 min to 1 hr. Ticket prices usually range around 20€ - 25€ for a single passenger without a vehicle.
You can also find further information on the Ibiza - Formentera ferry route on our respective blog post, in order to plan better your trip to the Balearics.
The Trasmapi high-speed vessels travels to the Balearics.
Ferry from Spain to the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are ideal destinations for holidays all year long, due to the mild climate and the warm temperatures. If you want to travel by ferry from mainland Spain to the Canaries like Tenerife and Gran Canaria, you should get to the ports of Huelva and Cadiz in south Andalusia. The duration of the journey is over a day but you can book a bed cabin for a more pleasant trip. For 2021, most probably the routes from the Iberic peninsula to the Canary Islands will continue, as well as the intra-Canary crossings. Some of the most popular ferry routes between the Canary Islands are:
- Tenerife - Gran Canaria
- Tenerife - La Gomera
- Tenerife - La Palma
- Tenerife - El Hierro
- Gran Canaria - Fuerteventura
- Fuerteventura - Lanzarote
- Lanzarote - La Graciosa
Island hopping around the Canaries is very easy with Ferryhopper, as you can book every step of your journey through our map of ferries. The ferry companies that operate these routes are Trasmediterranea, Fred Olsen Express (in collaboration with Balearia), and FRS. As for ferry ticket prices and durations of the ferry trips, they depend on the respective ferry company.
Travel to the Canary Islands and explore their wild beauties.
How to get from Spain to Morocco
As for now, due to the COVID-19, the ferry crossing from Spain to Morocco is available. However, the Spain - Morocco ferry connection is generally, one of the busiest in Spain. Regarding which port you should choose for the trip from Spain to Morocco, ferry companies offer a plethora of choices. From Tarifa, Algeciras, Gibraltar, Malaga, Motril, or Almeria in the south of Spain or from Barcelona in the northeast, you can reach Tangier, Tanger Med, Al Hoceima, Nador, Ceuta or Melilla. Usually, most ferry connections from Spain to Morocco are executed daily or at least a few times per week. Please find below the most popular ferry routes from Spain to Morocco as well as the duration of each trip:
- From Tarifa to Tangier or Tanger Med the ferry trip usually lasts approximately 1 hr
- From Algeciras to Tanger Med or Ceuta it takes around 1 hr 30 min
- From Gibraltar to Tanger Med the crossing usually lasts around 2 hrs
- From Malaga to Melilla there are daily crossings and the average ferry trip duration is around 6 hrs
- From Almeria to Nador sailings lasts around 7 hrs on average
- From Barcelona to Tangiers the ferry trip usually lasts more than a day
Tip: Even though sailings between Spain and Morocco can be regular, we recommend that you book your tickets in advance especially if you want to take your vehicle with you. You can find more information on this crossing on our blog.
Afternoon above a colorful town of Morocco.
How to get from Spain to Italy
Ferry travel from Spain to Italy is quite popular as you can bring along your vehicle and explore the country. The ferry company Grimaldi serves ferry routes from Barcelona to Italy and probably will keep on for 2021. Usually, ferry trips from Barcelona to Porto Torres in Sardinia run a few times per week and the duration of the journey is about 12 hrs. There are also weekly ferry crossings from Barcelona to Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, which last about 20 hrs.
How to book ferry tickets for Spain in 2021?
The above forecasts are based on data from previous years and taking into consideration the current COVID-19 situation. Therefore, it is not unlikely that some changes will occur in the ferry schedules for 2021. Ferryhopper is committed to keeping you up to date with all the latest developments and news so that you can organize your trip to Spanish destinations and book your ferry tickets easily.