A Cruiser’s Guide to Spain

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” -Ibn Battuta

So, let the stories begin! Escape the dreary winter months with an exotic getaway. Spain is a captivating mix of people, culture, and cuisines. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, there are 17 different vibrant regions, making it a fascinating place to cruise.

Discover the lively country that gave birth to world-famous artists Pablo Picasso, Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, as well as world-renowned chefs José Andrés, Ferran Adrià, and Carme Ruscalleda. From the natural beauty to the man-made gothic cathedrals and cosmopolitan cities, be inspired by the old-world charm and new-world modernism. Climb aboard your Mediterranean-bound ship for a taste of Flamenco, matadors, and Spanish culture that will set your heart on fire. Here’s your insider’s breakdown of the hottest ports and most exciting activities. All aboard, let’s go!

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BARCELONA

Lose yourself amongst the medieval streets of the Catalonian capital, Barcelona. Home to the Las Ramblas, the unfinished Sagrada Familia, and the Picasso Gallery, there are several cultural and boisterous expeditions to choose from at port. Taste Spain’s coastline, and dive into flavorful seafood tapas and regional wine. Next stop, foodie heaven!

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MALAGA

Visit the sun-soaked entrance to the Andalusian countryside and capital of Costa del Sol. Known for its golden beaches, hilltop citadels, and Moorish architecture, Malaga is an exciting terrain of historic places, Renaissance cathedrals, and modern restaurants. Let the scent of oil-drenched olives, expertly curated cheeses, and delicately prepared hot simmering dishes lead you to the tapas of your dreams. The perfect port to visit for food lovers and history enthusiasts.

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THE GREAT ROCK OF GIBRALTAR

Experience the sheer awe as you approach this impressive 1,400-foot limestone mountain that towers over the dark blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Explore by ship or by land for a one-of-a-kind interaction with nature and beauty. Keep your eyes open for playful dolphins, or visit the famous tailless Barbary apes, known as the only free-roaming monkeys in Europe. It is believed that they were brought over from Africa by sailors, and now more than 200 apes can be spotted lounging and frolicking around the slopes. Appreciate the stunning nature reserve, or ride a cable car up to the top for unforgettable views of the Spanish coastline, and on a clear day, Morocco.

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TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS

The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa. Tenerife is the largest and most mysterious of the islands, known for its sometimes-snowcapped volcano Mt. Teide. Enjoy the black and white sand beaches or explore the luscious landscape of the Orotava Valley. Join a picturesque panoramic tour of Santa Cruz, the Pyramid Park, and colonial city Puerto de la Cruz for stories of a lifetime.

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IBIZA

Head to the Mediterranean’s most stunning beaches for fun-in-the-sun. Strap on your dancing shoes, and get ready to be entranced by the trance-music capital of the world. The perfect combination of natural vistas and all-night partying! But don’t be fooled, Ibiza has all the elements of a tranquil port town too. Visit the old city of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site for charming cobblestone streets, 16th century citadels, and Gothic Catalan cathedrals. Nothing beats a night out with friends followed by a historic peek into Ibiza’s rich past.

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PALMA DE MALLORCA

Immerse yourself in the winding lanes and hidden courtyards of one of the most coveted islands to visit in Spain. Palma is the capital city and home to energetic cafes, thriving art galleries, and breathtaking historic sites. Visit La Seu, also known as Palma Cathedral, for an up-close look at gothic architecture. Be sure not to miss the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, a former Arabic fortress; or Bellver Castle, the epitome of medieval military architecture. Feeling adventurous? Explore the Cuevas del Drach (The Caves of Drach) for an impressive collection of stalactites and stalagmite formations accompanied by a vast underground lake.

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Experience the coastline of Spain like never before. Whether it’s your fist time visiting or you are a Spanish-culture connoisseur, new cruising adventures await you!