15 Night Azores & Spain Transatlantic on Voyager of the Seas from Galveston, Texas Aerial of the Pearl Island Lighthouse, Nassau, Bahamas
The 15 Night Azores & Spain Transatlantic from Galveston, Texas visits Nassau, Bahamas; Ponta Delgada, Azores; Málaga, Spain; 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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15 Night Azores & Spain Transatlantic
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Explore Voyager of the Seas
Day 1 - Galveston, Texas
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Nassau, Bahamas
Day 5 - 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Ponta Delgada, Azores
Day 12 - 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Málaga, Spain
Day 15 - Alicante, Spain
Day 16 - Barcelona, Spain
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Aerial of the Pearl Island Lighthouse, Nassau, Bahamas
Aerial of the Pearl Island Lighthouse, Nassau, Bahamas
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15 Night Azores & Spain Transatlantic

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Leaving from
Galveston, Texas
Onboard
Voyager of the Seas
Day Port
1
Galveston, Texas
Departs at 5:00 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Nassau, Bahamas
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5 - 10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Ponta Delgada, Azores
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12 - 13
Cruising
Day at sea
14
Málaga, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
15
Alicante, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
16
Barcelona, Spain
Arrives at 5:30 AM
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Your ship Voyager of the Seas

Your ship
Voyager of the Seas
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Get to know
Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavors at Izumi, and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DISCOVER ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

Raise the thrill factor on the Rock Climbing Wall and hang ten on FlowRider®. Lace up your skates and put your adventure on ice, or tee up for a game of mini golf. This is your epic getaway, and you decide how to seize the day.

GOURMET GLOBETROTTING

This is one epicurean adventure your taste buds will thank you for. Savor sizzling steaks at Chops Grille℠, or indulge in a five-course foodie feast at Chef's Table. Fresh-rolled sushi awaits at Izumi, and family-style favorites will satisfy your cravings at Giovanni's Table.

SHOWS THAT HIT EVERY HIGH NOTE

Settle in for a show filled with songs from classic movies in Music in Pictures, and wander down the Great White Way in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme. On this ship, every act is epic.

Day 1: Galveston, Texas

Day 1
Galveston
Texas
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Pleasure Pier Sunrise, Galveston, Texas
Pleasure Pier Sunrise, Galveston, Texas
Things to do in
Galveston
Departs at 5:00 PM
A quaint seaside city toting a Texas-sized personality, Galveston offers both action-packed adventure and an easygoing beach vibe. Dangling on a barrier island fringing the Gulf of Mexico, the sea meets the South here in spectacular fashion. Over 60 National Register of Historic Places play backdrop to the Pleasure Pier’s waterfront amusements. Jump onboard a Galveston cruise to experience the lively seawall scene on two wheels, or relive the port’s glory days at the Texas Seaport Museum. Head to the island’s west end for kayaking and fishing— or brave the world’s tallest water coaster at Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Gulf Beach, Galveston, Texas
Gulf Beach, Galveston, Texas

SALTWATER STALWARTS

Unwind along Galveston’s 32 miles of sun-drenched shoreline at one of the many county beach parks lining the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston Island State Park offers quiet seclusion and Stewart Beach is a great family-friendly option, while East Beach is a popular gathering space for livelier beach crowds.
Insider tip
Galveston Island Trolley buses run approximately every 30 minutes on two routes through the downtown and seawall districts. The fare for adults is $1, with exact change required.
Galveston, Texas, Pleasure Pier
The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

HEAD TO THE PIER

Say hello to the thrills and excitement of the massive amusement park at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston cruises give the opportunity to experience all that the pier has to offer. Enjoy the rides before playing all of the classic carnival games — there's even a roller coaster on Pleasure Pier!
Old Strand District, Galveston, Texas
Old Strand District, Galveston, Texas

BUILDING BLOCKS

Stroll past well-preserved Victorian-era buildings in the old Strand District during your Galveston cruise. Once called the “Wall Street of the South”, this charming commercial hub, along with the neighboring East End Historic District, is home to mansions-turned-museums, the Grand 1894 Opera House, plus loads of unique shops and cozy cafés.
Gulf Shrimp Plate, Galveston, Texas
Gulf Shrimp Plate, Galveston, Texas

LOCAL CUISINE

Seafood is king on Galveston Island— Gulf shrimp, blue crabs, snapper and grouper come fresh off the boat. But the signature Tex-Mex cuisine equally impresses with sizzling fajitas and tequila-laced margaritas. Old Strand Emporium scoops out ice-cream parlor charm, while La King’s Confectionary is where local candy makers craft saltwater taffy in-house. Don’t miss a drive-through daiquiri stand for a frozen cocktail on-the-go.
Antique Storefront Model Ship, Galveston, Texas
Antique Storefront Model Ship, Galveston, Texas

SHOPPING

The Strand Historical District is the town’s prime shopping spot, where 19th-century storefronts now house a quirky collection of locally owned gift shops and antique stores. Here you can pick up beachwear, whimsical gifts, model ships, used books, Southwestern turquoise jewelry, and Texas-inspired home décor.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Oasis of the Seas Adventure Ocean Boy Playing Tunnel
Oasis of the Seas Adventure Ocean Boy Playing Tunnel
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Teens Playing Outdoor Chess
Teens Playing Outdoor Chess

Teen Spaces

Let’s face it, teens want the freedom to choose how they spend their time onboard. Now, 13 to 17-year-olds get an exclusive new lounge to call their own with music, movies, gaming — and even an outdoor patio hangout.
Symphony of the Seas Flowrider Boy Body Surfing
Flowrider Boy Body Surfing

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Symphony of the Seas Perfect Storm Boy Entering Slide
Perfect Storm Boy Entering Slide

The Perfect Storm℠

Up for adventure? Put on your brave face and get ready to race through twists, turns and next-level thrills on the boldest slides at sea. No matter which ship you sail on, The Perfect Storm℠ waterslides take excitement off the charts.
Young Girl Learning How to Ice Skate
Onboard Ice Skating Instructor Teaching

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.

Day 4: Nassau, Bahamas

Day 4
Nassau
Bahamas
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Shark Feeding and Diving in the Bahamas
Shark Feeding and Diving in the Bahamas
Things to do in
Nassau
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Caribbean charm shines in the Bahamian capital, where you’re never more than a few steps away from rhythmic percussions, appetizing flavors, white-sand beaches, and some of the clearest waters in the world. This picture-perfect paradise was once a pirate’s haven— and you can explore its colorful past of buccaneers, blockade-runners and bootleggers along historical streets and at the three colonial fortresses that line the shores. If you’re looking for a more hands-on maritime adventure, look no further. Cruise to Nassau and swim with stingrays, dive with dolphins, or spot colorful coral on a glass-bottom boat. And just across the bridge is beautiful Paradise Island, home to world-famous luxury hotels and resorts. Spend the day at the famous Atlantis and splash your way through its expansive water park, grab a piña colada at the Marina Village, and spot the hammerhead sharks in Predator Lagoon.
Bahamas Boy Swimming and Hugging Dolphins, Nassau, Bahamas
Bahamas Boy Swimming and Hugging Dolphins, Nassau, Bahamas

LEGENDARY LOST CITY

Discover the Atlantis Resort— an entertainment mecca and home to the largest water park in the Caribbean. Located across the harbor on Paradise Island, you’ll find acres of adventures to be had— whether exploring underground tunnel aquariums, plunging down waterslides, or swimming with dolphins.
Insider tip
Water taxis run between Nassau and Paradise Island every half-hour.
Aerial of the Pearl Island Lighthouse, Nassau, Bahamas
Aerial of the Pearl Island Lighthouse, Nassau, Bahamas

Private Paradise

A short, 30-minute boat ride off the coast is Pearl Island, one of the unique private islands of The Bahamas. Spend the day on water trampolines, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Or relax in front of the iconic lighthouse while enjoying a frozen drink and freshly made conch salad.
Insider tip
Most restaurants include a 15% service charge on the bill.
Jet Skis Lining a White Sandy Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Jet Skis Lining a White Sandy Beach, Nassau, Bahamas

LOUNGE LIKE A LOCAL

Junkanoo Beach is a free, public stretch of sand with affordable lounge-chair and umbrella rentals and tasty Bahama Mamas. It’s an easy 15-minute walk from the harbor, and offers a taste of the island’s famous blue waters and soft sand with a hint of local flavor.
Conch Fritters and Salad, Nassau, Bahamas
Conch Fritters and Salad, Nassau, Bahamas

Local Cuisine

Bahamian cuisine showcases local seafood and reflects Spanish, West African, and British influences. Rock lobster and conch are served up in a variety of ways— from hearty chowders and fried fritters to citrus salads. Craving dessert? Try the guava duff— a warm, spongy dessert topped with sweet butter rum sauce.
Local Shopping Magnet Souvenirs, Nassau, Bahamas
Local Shopping Magnet Souvenirs, Nassau, Bahamas

Shopping

Festival Place, which sits right on the wharf, has more than 40 local vendors selling artisanal items. Cruise to Nassau and make your way to Bay Street— just a block away— for duty-free luxury goods. This waterfront promenade is a bargain-hunter’s paradise, and the nearby Straw Market is the go-to spot for authentic Bahamian hand-made treasures.

Day 5 - 10: Cruising

Day 5 - 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll

Izumi

From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. Savor izakaya-style appetizers and rolls that range from classic to imaginative. No matter what you order, you’re in for a far out, Far East feast filled with incredible flavors from Tohoku to Tokyo.
Main Dining Room Tuna Steak Dish
Two slices of tuna steak served with sides on a white plate at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables - Chefs Table Restaurant
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables at the elegant Chefs Table restaurant. Enjoy cruise line fine dining menu with artisanal ingredients

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Promenade
Interiors, Allure, Allure of the Seas, Cafe Promenade,

Café Promenade

When it comes to quick and easy come-and-go eats, there’s no better place than Café Promenade. This casual, complimentary hotspot bustles 24 hours a day, so you can drop by any time — whether it’s for a steaming cup of coffee and a warm glazed cinnamon bun in the morning, or late-night bites like fried artichoke, spicy marinated cheese, and savory meatballs from behind the counter after working up an appetite on the dance floor.

Day 11: Ponta Delgada, Azores

Day 11
Ponta Delgada
Azores
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Ponta Delgada, Azores, View of Seven Cities Lake
View of the Seven Cities Lake from a hill in Ponta Delgada, Azores
Things to do in
Ponta Delgada
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Nicknamed the Green Island, Ponta Delgada is full of lush natural wonders, 16th-century architecture and mini-expeditions. When you arrive at the Azorean capital, situated on the south coast of the island Sao Miguel, wander around the old town to snap photos of monuments that cover postcards, traditional Portuguese churches and old forts. Or embark on an afternoon on the water to catch sight of the whales and dolphins that gather in the sea.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Atlantic striped dolphins
A pod of Atlantic striped dolphins

Spot Sea Life

Put your exploration skills to the test and spend the day on the water. The Azores is home to around 20 different species of dolphins and whales, making it the perfect place to spot a breach. Go into it with an open mind — when viewing animals in the wild, every trip is different.
Insider tip
If you're buying ceramic products, make sure they have the Arts and Crafts Seal of Guarantee so you know that they are authentic and locally made.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portas de Cidade
Portas de Cidade and the Saint Sebastian church clock tower in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Postcard Perfect in Ponta

Step inside a postcard by posing for a selfie with Portas de Cidade. Built in the 18th century, the triple-arched black and white gateway is what comes to mind when people think of Ponta Delgada — it's even on the city's coat of arms. After you snap your photo, explore the rest of the city center from here by foot.
Insider tip
The weather is extremely unpredictable here: Pack an umbrella or poncho so that spontaneous rainstorms don't stop you from exploring.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Mixed tapas
Mixed Portuguse tapas on wood table

Local Cuisine

In Ponte Delgada, you'll find plenty of pestiscos, or Portuguese tapas. They're a great way to dine on some delicious fresh foods without breaking the bank. Don't leave without trying the grilled octopus and fried mackerel — mouthwatering staples in the Azores. If you're up for a new experience, try lapas, a delicious local sea snail, typically served grilled with butter, garlic and red pepper sauce.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Ceramic souvenirs
An assortment of ceramic souvenirs in Portugal

Shopping

Head to Galerias Portas do Mar for your pick of handmade crafts. Choose from clay dishes, vases, embroidery and lace products. Pick up some locally grown tea from Sao Miguel's Gorreana Tea Factory, or pop into the smaller shops around the city to purchase some delicious wine to sip at home.

Day 12 - 13: Cruising

Day 12 - 13
Cruising
At Sea
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Ice Skating Shows Entertainment Woman Jumping
Women performer jumping during ice skating shows onboard a cruise.
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Music in Pictures Cruise Show Performers on Stage Voyager of the Seas
Performers on Stage during the Music in Pictures Cruise Show on Voyager of the Seas

Music In Pictures

The silver screen takes center stage as classic soundtracks come to life.
Schooner Bar Seating Area
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

Schooner Bar

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-along's about to begin.
Live Bands Guitar Pub Shows
Live Bands Guitar Pub Shows

Live bands

Pick the genre you please and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin, and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.
VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, The Pig & Whistle, pub, bar, dining, restaurant, relaxation, entertainment, entrance

English Pub

If you’re looking to grab a pint, this fleetwide favorite is the spot. Pop-up musical performances keep the vibe here is as lively as London, and the pub’s impressive drink menu offers a sweeping selection of beers that range from ales to lagers, with UK-themed cocktails and an inspired collection of spirits.

Day 14: Málaga, Spain

Day 14
Málaga
Spain
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Málaga, Spain, Marina
A marina in Malaga, Spain
Things to do in
Málaga
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The hub of Spain's southern Costa del Sol, Málaga is the picture of paradise. Scale the hilltop to dramatic La Alcazaba, the sandy-colored Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century that overlooks this ancient seaside city. Sun yourself on the idyllic beaches of Caleta and Malagueta, taking in views of the mountains across the bay. See the eccentric works of modernist master Pablo Picasso, the city's most famous native son, at the Picasso Museum. Cruise to Málaga and immerse yourself in baroque and renaissance architecture at Málaga Cathedral, with its elaborate arches and stone reliefs depicting the saints, or turn the clock back to the first century A.D. at the ruins of the Roman Theatre.
Málaga, Spain, Alcazaba fortress
View of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain

Moor History

Ascend to the top of La Alcazaba, the medieval Moorish fortress that towers over the city. This palatial fortification was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century and is the best-preserved Moorish castle in Spain. From here, you can wander down to the Roman Amphitheatre that sits beneath it, before you gaze up at the 16th-century cathedral that sits right in the city center.
Insider tip
The center of Málaga is relatively small and walkable, but don't take this for granted — three to five hours will pass quickly.
Málaga, Spain, Malagueta beach sign
The Malagueta beach sign in Malaga, Spain

Work on Your Tan

It just wouldn't be a trip to the Costa del Sol without a little coast and sun. Most tourists stick to the convenient La Malagueta Beach, but if you've got more than a couple hours in Málaga, you can take a taxi to less crowded but equally beautiful beaches to the east, like Playamar or Playa de Burriana.
Insider tip
If you don't speak Spanish, make sure to cache a Spanish dictionary in your smartphone's Translate app.
Málaga, Spain, Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced in Malaga, Spain

Paint With Picasso

The most obvious way to follow Málaga's Picasso trail is to visit the Picasso Museum, which has many pieces you won't find anywhere else. You can also visit the artist's birthplace, or take a "Ride With Picasso" bike tour that features Picasso-focused city sightseeing, including Plaza de Merced, where the formidable painter took his first steps as a child.
Málaga, Spain Gambas Pil Pil dish
Gambas Pil Pil shrimp dish in a bowl

Local Cuisine

Seafood is the focus of gastronomy in Málaga. Don't miss the city's signature dish of gambas al pil-pil, flash-fried fresh prawns with garlic, paprika and chilies. During your Málaga cruise, order a basket of pescado frito, an array of local white fish, clams and other seafood breaded and fried. Finish up with tarta malaguena, a cake made with almonds and raisins, and a glass of Málaga dessert wine.
Málaga, Spain, Ceramic Pottery
Ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

Pop into a local wine shop to take a bottle of Málaga dessert wine back home with you. Málaga cruises provide access to an eclectic range of other souvenirs, like hand-painted Andalusian ceramics or handmade fans to help you beat the heat. You can also find some of Spain's best olive oil here — pick up some of this cloudy, spicy liquid gold from the Ataranzas Market.

Day 15: Alicante, Spain

Day 15
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 8:00 AM - 4:00 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 16: Barcelona, Spain

Day 16
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 5:30 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 Shops
Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street

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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