Finally, spectacular wildlife could be closer to home than you think. One-third of all the world’s whale, dolphin and porpoise species can be seen in the Bay of Biscay, from harbour porpoises to striped dolphins and even the occasional blue whale.

Any cruise leaving Southampton  and heading for the Mediterranean  will cross the bay so you could simply station yourself on deck, or for a mere £170 per person, Brittany Ferries offers a two-day whale and dolphin-watching cruise from Portsmouth to Santander to Plymouth, with time ashore in Santander and an en-suite cabin on the cruise-ferry. There’s whale watching on board in the company of volunteers from ORCA, as well as presentations on the wildlife of  the region.

  • Departures from June to September (0330 159 7000,