10 Night Iberian Peninsula Cruise on Jewel of the Seas from Barcelona, Spain Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Old Town Skyline
The 10 Night Iberian Peninsula Cruise from Barcelona, Spain visits Cartagena, Spain; Seville (Cadiz), Spain; Porto (Leixoes), Portugal; Lisbon, Portugal; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Alicante, Spain; Barcelona, Spain. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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10 Night Iberian Peninsula Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Jewel of the Seas
Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 - Cartagena, Spain
Day 3 - Seville (Cadiz), Spain
Day 4 - 5 - Porto, Portugal
Day 6 - 7 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Day 10 - Alicante, Spain
Day 11 - Barcelona, Spain
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Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Old Town Skyline
Old town skyline of Porto, Portugal, from across the Duori River
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10 Night Iberian Peninsula Cruise

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Leaving from
Barcelona, Spain
Onboard
Jewel of the Seas
Day Port
1
Barcelona, Spain
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cartagena, Spain
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3
Seville (Cadiz), Spain
From 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
4 - 5
Porto, Portugal
From Day 4, 5:00 PM - Day 5, 8:00 PM
6 - 7
Lisbon, Portugal
From Day 6, 8:00 AM - Day 7, 6:00 PM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10
Alicante, Spain
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11
Barcelona, Spain
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Jewel of the Seas

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Jewel of the Seas
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Jewel of the Seas, Exterior View, Caribbean and European Cruise Destinations
Exterior view of Jewel of the Seas Cruise With Destinations in Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, and more
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Jewel of the Seas
After a day spent wandering new shores, dive into a world of thrills on Jewel of the Seas®. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Grab your playbill for West End to Broadway and raise a glass at Vintages. It's time to go all-in on adventure.

DECKED OUT FOR ADVENTURE

Discover countless ways to spend your days between ports, like fueling friendly competition in a round of mini golf and taking adventure to new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. If you're after laid back lounging, catch a movie on the poolside screen or check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

DIG INTO DARING

Whether you're sipping wines from around the world at Vintages, savoring fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, indulging in prime steaks at Chops Grille℠ or sitting down to a five-course epicurean adventure at Chef's Table, you're bound to find flavors as thrilling as the shores you'll explore.

NOT THE SAME OLD SONG & DANCE

Travel from London's West End to New York City in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theater production. And journey from ancient Atlantis to colorful India in the celestial show City of Dreams. On this ship, every show's a hit.

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Day 1
Barcelona
Spain
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Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Couple
La Sagrada Couple Walking
Things to do in
Barcelona
Departs at 5:00 PM
It’s easy to see why Barcelona is the most-visited city in Spain. As the capital of the country’s Catalonia region, this cityscape’s cultural mosaic pieces together a 2,000-year-old hodgepodge of sun-drenched beaches, cutting edge architecture, and a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his modernist handprint all over the city, while medieval treasures linger in historic Gothic Quarter squares. Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class. Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.
Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior
La Sagrada Familia Interior Colorful

SKY HIGH DELIGHTS

Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.
Barcelona Spain La Rambla Historic Buildings
La Rambla Historic Buildings

IN THE MIX

Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine

LOCAL CUISINE

Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.
Spain Barcelona Local Fresh Market Shopping
Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

Day 2: Cartagena, Spain

Day 2
Cartagena
Spain
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Cartagena, Spain, City Hall
City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Things to do in
Cartagena
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cartagena greets you with its ancient Mediterranean port on Spain's southeastern coast. Originally governed by the Carthaginians and subsequently by the Romans, Arabs and Castilians, this pedestrian-friendly city is a history buff's dream port. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman Theatre and the attached museum, where you'll find an ancient altar to Jupiter and a statue of Apollo. Then, check out the late 19th-century modernist architecture of Cartagena's historic center. Cruises to Cartagena, Spain allow you to stroll down blue-marble-tiled pedestrian-only Calle Mayor. Or take the 30-minute drive to the Batteria de Castillitos, a medieval-style fortress situated among the picturesque mountain landscape.
Cartagena, Spain Roman Theater
Couple Walking Through Spain's Roman Theater

Roman Holiday

Check out Cartagena's ancient Roman Theater — built in the first century A.D. and only uncovered in 1987, it's since been reconstructed. Duck into its museum, which passes beneath a palace and a church before it reaches the theater.
Insider tip
Spanish shops close for siesta between 2 and 5 p.m., and restaurants from about 4 p.m. until around 8 p.m.
Cartagena, Spain, Castle of Cartagena
The Castle of Cartagena in Cartagena, Spain

Castle on the Hill

The 18th-century castle called Concepcion Castle sits on a hill facing Cartagena. Walk uphill to visit the castle and its history center, or catch the lift at Calle Gisbert for amazing panoramic views en route.
Insider tip
Try Asiatico, a common Cartagena coffee drink with condensed milk, brandy, the Spanish liqueur Licor 43, cinnamon and lemon zest.
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings Intricate Details

The New Within the Old

For all its ancient allure, Cartagena also has Modernist architecture, which you can see along the Calle Mayor area. One example is the home of Cervantes, designed by a local Cartagena architect. Check out the Casino, the Gran Hotel and the railway station for more examples of this exuberantly gaudy style with your Spain Cruise.
Insider tip
Don't confuse Cartagena, Spain, and Cartagena, Colombia, while planning your trip!
Spain Cartagena Paella Local Cuisine
Chef Making Traditional Spanish Paella

Local Cuisine

In Cartagena, you'll find authentic Mediterranean dishes featuring fresh-caught seafood, like lightly tempura-battered fried squid. Red prawns from the Mar Menor lagoon and fig bread are local delicacies. Explore off the main tourist streets and hit a tapas bar for tasty fare such as Serrano ham, toasted Cartagena almonds and cracked local olives.
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics Shopping

Shopping

The clean, pedestrians-only shopping street Calle Mayor is an easy walk from the port and has the high-street stores of England and Spain. An El Corte Ingles department store and restaurants are housed in gorgeous buildings. Look for ceramics and leather goods in interesting boutiques and shops when you cruise to Cartagena, Spain.

Day 3: Seville, Spain

Day 3
Seville
Cadiz, Spain
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Seville (Cadiz), Spain Cityscape
View of the Seville, Spain cityscape
Things to do in
Seville
From 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
As the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region, the energetic city of Seville stands tall at the banks of the Guadalquivir River. And like its rich flamenco legacy, this well-preserved city performs an elaborate dance between Moorish history and youth-infused street culture. A jovial spirit and intoxicating personality flow freely throughout its narrow streets, from Old Town’s palaces to the tapas bars of Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España from a painted ceramic bench, or stroll through Maria Luisa Park’s serene greenery. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullring at the Bullfighting Museum— or breathe in citywide views from the top of Torre del Oro.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Alcazar Palace
View of the courtyard in the Alcazar Palace

PALATIAL PROPORTIONS

Trace Seville’s more than 1,000-year history among the regal rooms of Alcazar palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city’s core is not only home to a mixture of architecture styles, but also some of Europe’s oldest gardens.
Insider tip
The train ride from Cadiz to Seville is approximately 90 minutes each way.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Seville Cathedral
The Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

GOTHIC GLORIES

Enter Seville Cathedral, one of the world’s largest gothic churches, to explore its five naves and see the tomb of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus. The attached Giralda Tower stands as the old minaret of an Arab mosque— and a climb to the top rewards you with sweeping views of the city.
Insider tip
The Sevici bike-sharing program is an easy and affordable transport option, with 250 docking stations around the city.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Flamenco Dancer
A flamenco dancer in Seville, Spain

SETTING THE STAGE

From the first note plucked on the guitar to the clamor of castanets, a sevillana flamenco show is altogether captivating. First trace the history of this mysterious art at the Museo del Baile Flamenco, viewing historical photos, dresses and shawls. Then experience the thrill of a live performance for yourself in a local flamenco tablao.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Tapas Plate
A tapas plate with serrano ham, cheese, and olives

LOCAL CUISINE

The tradition of Spanish tapas supposedly started in Seville, and here you can nosh on small bites of cured meats, cheeses and olives aplenty. Try cold gazpacho soup or a serranito sandwich. Sweet lovers indulge in churros and pestiños (honey-infused fritters). Cadiz is the area’s seafood capital, while Huelva makes tasty goat’s milk cheese — and nearby Jerez pumps out gallons of fino (dry sherry wine).
Seville (Cadiz), Spain Flamenco Shoes
Flamenco shoes for sale in Spain

SHOPPING

Hit the Triana neighborhood for authentic Spanish azulejos (ceramic tiles), or Calle Sierpes for silk shawls. Buy flamenco wear along Calle Cuna and bullfighting posters in Plaza de Toros. Other stores around town sell traditional espadrilles, while El Jueves street market is best for books and artwork.

Day 4 - 5: Porto, Portugal

Day 4 - 5
Porto
Portugal
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Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Rabelo Boats
Traditional Rabelo boats on the Duoro river, with the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Things to do in
Porto
From Day 4, 5:00 PM - Day 5, 8:00 PM
Portugal's vibrant city of Porto is a melting pot of culture waiting to be explored. Venture into the many wine cellars that dot the city or take a walk across the Dom Louis Bridge and absorb the sweeping views of Porto around you. Spend hours wandering around the colorful streets lined with tiled houses and buildings. And if relaxing is more your speed, head to one of the restaurants on the Cais de Ribeira, like A Bolina, for some Portuguese tapas paired with a glass of vinho verde. Cruise to Porto to sit back and soak up the ambiance of the buzzing city.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Livraria Lello Bookstore
Magenta-carpeted wooden stairs of the famous Livraria (Bookstore) Lello in Porto, Portugal

Live the Livraria Lello

Prepare to stand in line before entering one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Livraria Lello has been in business in 1906 and is Porto's most popular landmark and it is well worth the wait time. Harry Potter fans may recognize it as it was a major inspiration for JK Rowling when she was developing the series. Grab your camera and snap some photos of the stunning staircase or purchase a book as a souvenir.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a ton of walking on cobblestone streets and up several flights of stairs in Porto.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Historic Façade
Traditional historic facade in Porto, Portugal, decorated with blue hand painted tin-glazed tiles

Moors To See

Portugal is famous for the Azulejo Tiles. Introduced to the city by the Moors, the beautiful blue tiles can be found covering the facades of many beautiful buildings in Porto. The Igreja do Carmo and Sao Bento Railway Station have some of the most intricate designs and even tell a story through the paintings on the tiles. Wander around the city admiring the detailed mosaics that line most of the streets.
Insider tip
Make sure to check out both sides of the river! The best wine cellars are across the river.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Wine Barrels
Old aged traditional wooden wine barrels in a vault, lined up in a cool and dark cellar in Porto, Portugal

Vinho Verde

Wine connoisseurs will fall in love with Porto. During your Porto cruise, visit one of the many wine cellars and taste Port, which is produced in the Douro Valley, or sip on a refreshing glass of Vinho Verde which is made even closer to Porto. Your companions will thank you for pouring another glass to celebrate.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Francesinha
Homemade francesinha, sandwich with ham and sausage, from a restaurant in Porto, Portugal

Local Cuisine

Satisfy your appetite with a traditional Porto sandwich, the Francesinha. The savory classic is filled with four or five different meats and then covered in cheese before being drenched in a beer-based sauce. If that sounds too heavy, order up a steaming bowl of Caldo Verde, a hearty kale soup served in most restaurants in the city.
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Traditional Souvenir Tiles
Traditional portuguese souvenir tiles for sale at a market in Porto, Portugal

Shopping

Take a stroll down Rua de Santa Catarina, a lively street, perfect for window shopping during your Porto cruise. Or if you're looking for an interesting souvenir to bring back home, head to the Cedofeita area of the city. You'll find stores like Coracao Alecrim which is one of Porto's prettiest stores selling handmade, sustainable products.

Day 6 - 7: Lisbon, Portugal

Day 6 - 7
Lisbon
Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal, Aerial View
Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
Things to do in
Lisbon
From Day 6, 8:00 AM - Day 7, 6:00 PM
Lisbon is a quintessential European city, full of natural beauty, historic architecture and culinary pleasures — not to mention one of the best climates anywhere on the planet. To get to know Portugal's capital, walk between the captivating miradouros — terrace viewpoints that are scattered on the hilltops, offering stunning vistas from the sea to the castles and beyond. Watch as the light peeks through the clouds and shines down on The City of Seven Hills during your cruise to Lisbon. If you're a history buff, head to Belem or nearby Sintra to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regalaira.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pena National Palace
View of the Pena National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

Get Romantic

Step into the pages of a fairy tale in Sintra, a UNESO World Heritage Site a short ride from Lisbon. The city's awash in colorful buildings and grand forts, including the Romanticist architecture of the pastel-hued Pena Palace — more like a castle, really — and the extravagant Quinta da Regalaira villa. Or, wander through gardens inspired by Dante's "Inferno."
Insider tip
Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighborhoods, but the trolleys fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser known route to avoid crowds.
Lisbon, Portugal, Tables On A Terrace
Tables on a terrace in Lisbon, Portugal

Go View-Hopping

There's no other way to explore Lisbon than to see it from the miradouros, the hilltop lookout points scattered around the city. Ride the Santa Justo Lift to catch a glimpse of the city below. Enjoy an evening drink at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Finally, watch the sunset behind the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge.
Insider tip
Pick up a Lisboa Card for discounts and free entry to big tourist attractions and public transport.
Lisbon, Portugal, Jeronimos Monastery
Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Architectural Adventure

History buffs should head to Belem. See the 16th-century Manueline architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery. Lisbon, Portugal cruises will allow you to visit the final resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama before walking to the river to snap a photo of the Torre de Belem, a 16th-century fort that appears to float in the ocean.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pasteis De Nata Pastry
A tray full of Pasteis de Nata pastries in Lisbon, Portugal

Local Cuisine

You'll find plenty of Portuguese delicacies around Lisbon. Follow the locals to the nearest food truck for a bifana, a sandwich of pork marinated in white wine and garlic sauce. Snack on salty sardines over a glass of wine, or devour a pasteis de nata, the famous egg tart that packs a creamy, cinnamon-infused custard in a crisp shell.
Lisbon, Portugal, Souvenir Magnets
Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewelry in the backstreets of Bairro Alto. Feira da Ladra, or "thieves' market," is the place to go for handmade crafts and antiques. Looking for a high street? Walk down Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade to shop international brands.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Allure of the Seas Mini Golf Course
Allure of the seas, Dunes, golf, games,

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 9: Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Day 9
Gibraltar
United Kingdom
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Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Aerial View Of Rock
Aerial View of the Rock of Gibraltar
Things to do in
Gibraltar
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Gibraltar rocks — in more ways than one. From ancient castles to lush botanical gardens and the panoramic views you enjoy from the city's cable car, this British Overseas Territory is more than its most famous landmark, the Rock of Gibraltar. Cruise to Gibraltar and discover more than 300 years of history while touring landmarks like the Convent, where Gibraltar's governors have resided since the 18th century. Or monkey around with Barbary macaques, a semi-wild species of monkey that calls the territory home. Finish your day with a stroll through the port area, and dine outdoors for ocean views and seafood-focused, Mediterranean-inspired eats.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Europa Point
View of the Rock of Gibraltar from Europa Point

Trace History

Gibraltar's Moorish Castle is both its most popular historical attraction and its oldest one, dating back to the 8th century. Explore more recent history at British colonial buildings like the Convent and the Gibraltar Parliament. Or explore the city's multicultural roots at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, Gibraltar Hindu Temple or Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, a gift from the Saudi king.
Insider tip
Despite its small size, Gibraltar boasts days worth of activities. Focusing in on the most important ones to you will help you get the most out of your adventure.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Monkey
A monkey sitting on a ledge with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background

Monkey Around

Hundreds of playful Barbary macaques reside at the so-called Top of the Rock. You can reach it by cable car or by walking up the Mediterranean steps. Hungry for more ecotourism? Check out the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, take a boat trip out on the bay to see the dolphins, or head to scenic Europa Point, which provides views of Africa on clear days.
Insider tip
Don't worry about exchanging your euros for Gibraltarian pounds — most shops in Gibraltar will happily accept the former, even if they give you change in the latter.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Lighthouse
A red and white lighthouse in Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Get Some Light Exercise

At just 2.7 square miles in area, Gibraltar is small enough you can explore a lot of it while you're here with your cruise. That said, you need not wander far from Gibraltar Port in order to enjoy yourself. Grab a lunch of moules marinieres at a portside restaurant, then walk it off with a stroll out to the island's southern tip, Europa Point, and iconic Trinity Lighthouse.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Profiteroles Cream Pastry
Four profiteroles cream pastries on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Not surprisingly, the star of Gibraltar's culinary scene is fresh seafood, with Atlantic white fish and shellfish taking center stage. You'll also find a variety of cultural influences: Try Italian-inspired chickpea-flour calentita bread and the national dish profiterole, a French puff-pastry filled with sweet whipped cream. Al fresco dining is the way to go here, whether you sit portside or on pedestrian-filled Casemates Square.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Handmade Glass
Assorted handmade glass ornaments

Shopping

Gibraltar's most popular keepsake is handmade glass. Glass shops from Main Street to Casemates Square will be happy to wrap your gifts up for safekeeping. If you're still nervous about transporting glass, you can admire the glass-makers at their craft, or purchase other souvenirs like artisan chocolate or Barbary macaque stuffed animals during your Iberian Peninsula cruises.

Day 10: Alicante, Spain

Day 10
Alicante
Spain
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Alicante, Spain, Santa Barbara castle on a hill
View of Alicante, Spain with the Santa Barbara castle on a hill looking over the city
Things to do in
Alicante
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Situated on the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters of Spain's eastern shore, the lively city of Alicante is rich in Moorish and Spanish history. It's perched at the base of the ancient fortress Castillo de Santa Barbara, where you can climb or take an elevator to explore the castle during your Spain cruise. Wander through the narrow lanes and colorful houses of the Old Town, then head toward the seafront on the Explanada de Espana, a marble-laid promenade. Relax on the golden sand of Playa del Postiguet beach. A few streets over, at the foot of Mount Benacantil, you'll find the Basilica de Santa Maria with its distinctive twin towers — Alicante's oldest church, it was built in the 13th century when the Spanish reclaimed the city from the Moors.
Alicante, Spain, Santa Barbara Castle
The Santa Barbara castle with a view of the city of Alicante, Spain in the background

Conquer a Fortress

Climb the ancient fortress Santa Barbara Castle, built atop rocky Mount Benacantil, which provides amazing views of the countryside and a look at the area's history inside the Museum of the City of Alicante within the castle. You can also drive up or take an elevator from Postiguet Beach.
Insider tip
Choose fresh seafood at Pesca al Peso market; you can pay and then come back for it after it's cooked.
Alicante, Spain, Narrow Street
A narrow street between homes in Alicante, Spain

Beat of the Barrio

El Barrio, the historic center of Alicante, has narrow cobbled streets and Spanish-style apartments decorated with flowers, as well as interesting shopping and a handful of museums. Its pedestrian streets are made for strolling. It's also the neighborhood to go to for tapas and cocktails.
Insider tip
The Alicante Tram, which runs along the Costa Blanca coastline and through the hills, offers incredible views.
Alicante, Spain, Coastal Homes
Coastal homes on a small cliff in Alicante, Spain

Off-Coast Exploration

Ride a boat over to Tabarca Island, a tiny island 11 miles from Alicante's port whose waters make up a protected marine reserve and provide excellent snorkeling. The island also features a small, picturesque community of whitewashed houses with blue shutters.
Alicante, Spain, Bowl of Paella
A bowl of seafood paella

Local Cuisine

Meals in Alicante center around white fish, shellfish, local produce, olive oil and rice. Try the city's take on paella, made with local Bomba rice, red prawns and clams. Cruise to Alicante and sample esgarrat, which brings together sweet red peppers with salted cod and garlic. For dessert, you must try turron, a tasty local sweet made with honey, almonds and the locally produced Fondillon wine.
Alicante, Spain, Leather Shoe Market
Leather shoes for sale at a market in Spain

Shopping

Shady Rambla de Mendez Nunez is lined with cafes, bars and family-run shops selling the Alicante's famous leather shoes, bags and more. Stalls at nearby Mercado Central farmer's market sell local wines, fresh fruit, produce and spices. Take home Alicante's celebrated local preserves and salted fish when you cruise to Spain.

Day 11: Barcelona, Spain

Day 11
Barcelona
Spain
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Barcelona, Spain Park Guell
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Things to do in
Barcelona
Arrives at 6:00 AM
It’s easy to see why Barcelona is the most-visited city in Spain. As the capital of the country’s Catalonia region, this cityscape’s cultural mosaic pieces together a 2,000-year-old hodgepodge of sun-drenched beaches, cutting edge architecture, and a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his modernist handprint all over the city, while medieval treasures linger in historic Gothic Quarter squares. Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class. Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.
Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior
La Sagrada Familia Interior Colorful

SKY HIGH DELIGHTS

Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.
Barcelona Spain La Rambla Historic Buildings
La Rambla Historic Buildings

IN THE MIX

Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine

LOCAL CUISINE

Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.
Spain Barcelona Local Fresh Market Shopping
Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

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