Authentic | Mediterranean
As the autumnal temperatures of Britain are falling, you’ll be enjoying the
seasonal warmth of Mediterranean Spain and the glorious Côte d’Azur.
There’s more to this cruise than October sunshine though; a string of stylish
destinations offer a wealth of highlights, from the supercars, boutiques,
yacht-filled marinas and casinos of glamorous Monaco and Cannes to the
historical and cultural delights of Cartagena, Barcelona and Cádiz.
With its wonderful climate, stunning scenery and
sandy beaches, Gibraltar is a popular holiday
destination year-round and the perfect place
to begin your autumn escape – although the
unmistakably British shops and red pillar-boxes are
sure to give a familiar feel. A panoramic tour of this
British territory followed by afternoon tea at the
iconic Rock Hotel is a great way to spend your time
here. Along Spain’s beautiful Mediterranean coast,
you’ll be spoilt for choice of attractions to discover in
Cartagena: the Medieval castle, Roman amphitheatre
and Bateria de Castillitos are among many highlights.
A morning arrival at Monaco signals the start of
a wonderful weekend exploring the luxuriant
French Riviera. Glitzy Monaco – the world’s second
smallest country – is renowned for its luxury hotels,
casinos, palaces and marinas packed with huge,
multi-million dollar yachts – enjoy ample time to
admire them all. During your full day here you
could also choose to walk part of the famous
Formula One Grand Prix Circuit; or even see the
Prince of Monaco’s impressive car collection at
the Top Car Museum.
A relaxing Sunday in Cannes gives an authentic taste
of the Côte d’Azur. Perhaps you’ll uncover the grand
Art Nouveau buildings of the elegant Boulevard de la
Croisette, including the iconic Carlton Cannes Hotel;
or wander the charming Le Suquet Old Quarter,
perched on Mont Chevalier. Flash cars, couture
shops and a picturesque harbour also await you.
Returning to Spanish shores, a call into the incredible
Catalan city of Barcelona will offer an abundance
of memorable sights and experiences. Highly
recommended are chances to stroll along bustling Las
Ramblas; visit the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia;
and seek out the city’s collection of remarkable Gaudi
architecture. In particular the iconic Sagrada Familia
– still a work in progress – is not to be missed.
After visiting Palma de Mallorca and its striking
Gothic-style cathedral, you’ll arrive in Cádiz.
In Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited
settlement, you can sample traditional tapas after
exploring the historic streets, alleys and squares.
Nearby Jerez, ‘sherry capital of the world’, is well
worth visiting on tour.
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