Authentic | Mediterranean
With this string of culture-rich cities across five Spanish regions, you’ll get
to soak up an authentic flavour of the country on one cruise. You can explore
the Andalusian cities of Cádiz and Malaga for traditional tapas and architectural
treasures; delve into the Roman history of Cartagena; and discover the
highlights of Valencia. There’s also the Catalan city of Barcelona, home of
the iconic Sagrada Familia, and the Galician gems of Vigo and La Coruña.
Three leisurely days at sea provide time to relax and
settle into the atmosphere on Balmoral before a
rewarding call at the ancient Andalusian city of Cádiz
marks your arrival at the stunning Spanish coastline.
You can marvel at majestic monuments and sample
delicious local flavours at traditional tapas bars; many
of Cádiz’s highlights are a short distance from the port.
Alternatively, you might prefer to tour to stunning
Seville, for flamenco and striking Moorish architecture,
or to Jerez for sherry and Andalusian horses.
Malaga is another Andalusian gem. A collection
of recommended, diverse attractions here
includes the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and
the Picasso Museum, which celebrates the life of
Malaga native Pablo Picasso. Granada, home of the
magnificent Alhambra Palace, and the picturesque
mountaintop city of Ronda are within reach too.
Then, in Cartagena, a plethora of historical and
architectural treasures await. The Medieval castle
and the Roman amphitheatre are among this
Murcian city’s most impressive sites.
Palma de Mallorca and its striking cathedral tempts,
before Barcelona – the cosmopolitan Catalan
capital – beckons your call. This city boasts an
abundance of captivating sights and experiences.
You can stroll along bustling Las Ramblas; visit the
Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia; marvel at Gaudi’s
architectural wonders, such as the iconic Sagrada
Familia; and much more. Balmoral will take you
closer to it all. You’ll find Valencia has plenty to
recommend it too. From countless modern galleries
and museums, and contemporary architecture to a
charming Old Quarter and traditional restaurants
serving plentiful portions of paella. Spain’s third
largest city offers something for everyone.
Two days at sea follow, with time to relax on
board as your ship heads for Galicia. Calls into two
enchanting cities in this gorgeous region of Northern
Spain round off your holiday. In the historic fishing
port of Vigo, perhaps while away a few hours
exploring the delightful Old Town. During your
morning in La Coruña, be sure to take the chance
to tour to spectacular, UNESCO-listed Santiago
de Compostela – the Galician capital – for a
memorable end to this stunning Spanish adventure.
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