Closer | Europe
In less than two weeks you’ll visit five captivating destinations which represent
the quintessential cultures, customs and culinary traditions of Spain and
Portugal. What’s more, Braemar will dock within walking distance of the centre
in each port of call, an advantage that’s especially pleasing in Seville, as you’ll
be able to savour the spectacular fireworks marking the conclusion of the
annual Feria de Abril from on board.
Seville Fair Jerez wine cellar
Belém Tower, Lisbon
First up is Cádiz, a city of great interest – it’s
believed to be Europe’s oldest continuously
inhabited settlement. The ancient centre showcases
a typically Andalusian maze of narrow cobblestone
streets, alleys and squares, perfect for immersive
exploration. Cádiz is famed for its historic
watchtowers and plentiful tapas, which – according
to popular legend – originated in the city. For an
authentic flavour of the region, head to Jerez. The
‘sherry capital of the world’ is also home to the Royal
Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you may
see Andalusian horses in training.
During two days in Seville Braemar will be docked
close to the enchanting Parque de Maria Luisa and
the iconic Plaza de España, so you’ll be able to stroll
to some of the best highlights. The Moorish Alcázar
Palace and Gothic Cathedral are both within reach
too. The latter is particularly intriguing as it is the
home of Christopher Columbus’ tomb.
That’s not all: this cruise has been perfectly timed to
capture the jubilant atmosphere of the annual Feria
de Abril (Seville Fair). Horse-drawn carriages and
flamenco dancers parade the streets and squares
during the day, all rounded off by a spectacular
midnight firework display. You’ll remember it all
for years to come.
Leaving Seville via the Guadalquivir River, two
Portuguese cities are next on the horizon. Lisbon is
packed with quaint backstreets to roam, fascinating
museums to become immersed in, and rich history
to uncover. Alternatively, you can explore the pretty
towns of Óbidos or Sintra. Calling into Leixões, you’ll
be well-placed for tours to Oporto, where the
UNESCO-listed historic centre awaits your discovery.
Opt for a cruise along the tranquil waters of the
Douro River perhaps, before stopping at a wine cellar
to savour locally-produced Port wine.
Lastly, you can unravel the charms of laid-back
La Coruña easily, thanks to Braemar’s convenient
docking location close to the heart of things. With a
compact Old Quarter, an impressive promenade and
landmarks such as the ancient Tower of Hercules, it’s
perfect for sightseeing. The city is also well-placed
for tours to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
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