The engrossing beauty and sheer diversity of the Mediterranean is sure to
captivate as you sail between this collection of stunning Spanish, French and
Italian islands aboard Balmoral. A trio of beautiful Balearic Islands, spectacular
Sardinia and picturesque Corsica will present plenty of memorable sights and
experiences. Historic towns and cities, glamorous resorts and unspoilt scenery
are among the many attractions of these enchanting destinations.
Ibiza Old Town
Before visiting five gorgeous islands in the
Mediterranean you’ll begin your springtime
exploration of this sun-kissed region with calls at two
charming cities on the Spanish mainland. Both Malaga
and Cartagena are gateways to a wealth of historical
and artistic treasures, from the Picasso Museum and
Alhambra Palace to impressive Roman architecture.
A full day on Ibiza affords time to experience the
iconic sunset and discover that there’s much more to
the island than its vibrant nightlife. Highlights include
the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Dalt Vila; pictureperfect
Formentera is within reach too. Menorcan
delights follow shortly after, during your call into
Mahon. Perhaps you’ll simply enjoy the sunshine on
your pick of Menorca’s inviting beaches, or opt for an
adventure and go in search of incredible views from
atop Monte Toro – the island’s highest peak.
The French island of Corsica, a natural wonderland
of breathtaking coastlines, lush forests, towering
mountains and winding rivers, never fails to impress.
Balmoral will dock at Ajaccio, the birthplace of
Napoléon Bonaparte and your gateway to the
dramatic Prunelli Gorges. The area’s granite cliffs
plunge into the Prunelli River creating postcardperfect
scenes. You’ll find the sophisticated Italian
island of Sardinia has much to recommend it too.
You could stay in Olbia and capture the city’s
authentic Sardinian style, though the chance to
tour to the luxury Costa Smeralda resort, popular
with the ‘jet-set’, is sure to tempt.
Returning to Spanish shores, Mallorca ends your
island-hopping adventure with typical Mediterranean
style. Palma’s maze of sun-bathed streets and squares
are yours to explore, with impressive sights – such as
the Gaudi-crafted Gothic cathedral – to discover at
every turn. Alternatively, you could head off on a
journey aboard the vintage train to Soller, before
exploring the traditional village of Valldemossa.
As you head back to the UK, Cádiz and Lisbon await.
The various tapas bars and fascinating ancient centre
of Cádiz, and the selection of highlights in Lisbon,
including maritime architectural treasures and
authentic Fado music, make for two rewarding
final stops on this unforgettable cruise.
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