The sea routes contribute to the improvement of the contactability* of the Atlantic, creating ties between the Atlantic cities making them become nodes in a transportation system that promotes territorial cohesion. Since last year, Aviles has launched a cruise terminal opened with the arrival, last May 2nd, the first passengers cruise to the port of Avilés (the “Braemar”, of the company Fred Olsen), a milestone in the tourist potential of the city.
In 2013, Avilés becomes an Atlantic hub, connecting United Kingdom with Portugal. Six cruises are planned between spring and autumn: the Discovery of the Cruise and Maritime company that, in April, links Bristol with Avilés, Coruña, Porto and Lisbon; Black Watch leaving Southampton bound to Aviles at the end of April, through Lisbon, Porto and Coruña and repeating in September sailing from Edinburgh and the Balmoral that will sight land in La Rochelle to get to Bilbao, Avilés and Coruña in the summer. In autumn, Avilés will receive the visit of the Boudicca and the Braemar.
Upon arrival to Avilés, in all the planned cruises, passengers of different vessels will be offered four tours that will take them to various points of interest.
**Contactability: ESPON Concept that defines the possibilities of transportation between cities, in this case, the Atlantic.