Mediterranean Cruise Advice

Cruises to Spain 

Visit one of the most vibrant European cities – Barcelona

 

Cruise lines visiting Spain include P&O, Celebrity, Marella Cruises, Saga and Disney.

Most Western Mediterranean cruises to Spain will visit Barcelona, with many using it as a port of embarkation or disembarkation.

Whether you are interested in visiting some of Gaudi’s famous buildings such as the Casa Battlo, or the Sagrada Familia, checking out Camp Nou (home to FC Barcelona) or strolling the famous Las Ramblas, Barcelona has it all.

Barcelona has a good and inexpensive Metro system which is easy to navigate with stops near most of the main attractions.

 

Casa Battlo Barcelona

Casa Battlo Barcelona

 

For some, the mention of Spain invokes images of Andalusia with the rhythms of flamenco or the stunning Moorish architecture.

Spanish cruises will often use Cadiz as the gateway to this area and to visit the city of Seville.

Malaga is the starting point for many excellent excursions including those to Granada and The Alhambra. However Malaga itself is not to be overlooked with it’s 11th century Moorish palace, the Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro.

 

Moorish architecture

Moorish architecture

The Balearic Islands (MajorcaMinorca, Ibiza and Formentera) are an autonomous community of Spain lying approximately 200km off the east coast of the Iberian peninsula.

Cruises will often visit Palma in Majorca and Mahon in Minorca.

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands with beautiful countryside and beaches to visit.

Palma is the main city and is the port where your cruise ship will moor, some cruise lines like Thomson use Palma as an embarkation port.

Some of the key attractions include Palma Cathedral and Bellver Castle. You can also travel to Soller through some of the beautiful countryside via the 1920’s train and then on to Puerto Soller by tram (see picture).

 

Puerto Soller Tram

Puerto Soller Tram

Mahon is the main city on Minorca and is where cruise ships will dock. The harbour is protected by two fortresses and the sail in/out is not to be missed.

Minorca is home to several thousand unusual megalithic monuments (see picture) and the largest number of sites of archaeological interest of any Mediterranean Island.

 

Megalithic Monument Mahon, Menorca

Megalithic Monument Mahon, Menorca

 

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