7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise on Enchantment of the Seas from Venice, Ravenna, Italy Sicily (Messina), Italy, Cityscape
The 7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Venice, Ravenna, Italy visits Koper, Slovenia; Sicily (Messina), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, France; 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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7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Enchantment of the Seas
Day 1 - Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Day 2 - Koper, Slovenia
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Sicily (Messina), Italy
Day 5 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Day 6 - Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Day 7 - Cannes, France
Day 8 - Barcelona, Spain
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Sicily (Messina), Italy, Cityscape
View of the Sicily (Messina), Italy cityscape
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7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise

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Leaving from
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Onboard
Enchantment of the Seas
Day Port
1
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Departs at 7:00 PM
2
Koper, Slovenia
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Sicily (Messina), Italy
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
From 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6
Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7
Cannes, France
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8
Barcelona, Spain
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Enchantment of the Seas

Your ship
Enchantment of the Seas
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Enchantment of the Seas, Aerial View, Bahamas and Caribbean Cruise Destinations
Aerial View of Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Ship With Destinations in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas
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Enchantment of the Seas
Time to shake up your weekend routine. Enchantment of the Seas® has plenty of thrills to keep you entertained, from poolside movie nights to star-studded guest performances. Throw in woah-worthy dining at Chop's Grille℠ or Chef's Table, and classic cocktails at R Bar, and you have the perfect getaway.

KICK BACK OR KICK IT UP A NOTCH

Soak up soaring views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall, learn how to whip up something delicious in a culinary class, or unwind outdoors and watch a movie on the poolside screen. Looking to break a sweat or spa the day away? Head to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

FAR OUT FEASTING

Once you've worked up an appetite, indulge in prime steaks at Chop's Grill℠ or sit down to a five-course foodie fest at Chef's Table. At R Bar, you'll find classic cocktails and vintage vibes. And complimentary breakfast, happy hour and concierge access await in the Diamond Club, exclusive to Crown & Anchor® Society Diamond members and above.

CUE THE ACTION

If rock and roll is your jam, don't miss Can't Stop the Rock. If you're a movie or musical buff, you'll love Stage to Screen. And be sure to look out for guest entertainers— from live music at the Schooner Bar to an elusive piano man who pops up in unexpected places around the ship.

Day 1: Venice, Italy

Day 1
Venice
Ravenna, Italy
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Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Things to do in
Venice
Departs at 7:00 PM
Discover enchanting Ravenna, home of some of Italy’s most captivating hidden gems including breathtaking architecture and 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From early Christian mosaics to majestic churches and impressive palaces, this charming seaside port is a haven for lovers of art and architecture. What’s more, Ravenna has a surprisingly rich history — it served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire for three hundred years and became a thriving hub for talented craftsmen, artists and master masons. Dedicate a couple of days to getting to know Ravenna before or after your cruise. Plus, Venice is just over two hours away by car, putting one of Italy’s star destinations well within reach. Once there, you can wander iconic cultural treasures like St. Mark’s Basilica or the Campanile — and of course no visit is complete without a gondola ride beneath the Rialto Bridge. Or take a quick one-hour car ride to Bologna and eat your way around the Mercato Delle Erbe or climb Asinelli Tower to catch amazing views of the terracotta-roof city. Cruising from Ravenna gives you the chance to go off the beaten path while also visiting Venice’s famous canals and Bologna’s enchanting streets.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior

MAKE YOUR OWN MOSAICS

Feeling inspired by the city’s majestic mosaics? Take a workshop at KOKO Mosaico. The local studio offers classes of all levels where you can learn how make your own pieces. Whether you decide to gift your very own mosaic masterpiece or keep it as souvenir, this will be an experience you’ll love to pieces.
Insider tip
Keep in mind that you’ll need to have your shoulders and knees covered to enter religious sites in Ravenna.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior

DANTE’S TOMB BATTLE

Visit the tomb of famous Italian poet, Dante Alighieri — best known for writing The Divine Comedy. The poet was excommunicated from Florence for his controversial works and fled to Ravenna where he died in 1321. Ironically, centuries later, Florence fought for his remains to be sent back to his birthplace, but Ravenna refused to release them.
Insider tip
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare opens daily in the morning, except for Sundays and religious holidays when doors open in the afternoon.
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

BE THERE. BE SQUARE

Located in the heart of the historic district, Piazza del Popolo is one Ravenna’s most lively squares. Take in the surrounding architectural marvels while dining al fresco in one of its many picturesque outdoor restaurants. Be sure to take a stroll to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare — within walking distance from the square.
Insider tip
For a truly unique site, visit the sunken crypt found at the Basilica de San Pietro Maggiore with a submerged mosaic floor and fish.
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy

Local Cuisine

When it comes to food, you can’t leave Ravenna without trying Piadina. The local staple is a delicious flatbread folded in half and stuffed with with salami, cheese and vegetables perfect for lunch or dinner.
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy

Shopping

To find the best local produce, head to il Mercato Coperto. There you’ll find the freshest flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, and home-related products — all sold by merchants from the region.

Day 2: Koper, Slovenia

Day 2
Koper
Slovenia
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Slovenia Koper Town Coast
Slovenia Koper Town Coast
Things to do in
Koper
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tiny Slovenia may only have about 29 miles of coastline but the Slovenian Riviera — and particularly its jewel, the historic city of Koper — packs a big punch. Whether you explore 700 years of architecture, delve into the Slovenian wine scene or simply sun yourself on the pristine Adriatic, Koper is sure to be one of the most memorable stops on your next cruise. That's even before you consider the delicious fresh-caught seafood rizota (Slovenian risotto) and shopping for Slovenian handicrafts like handmade Idrija lace.
Slovenia Koper City Aerial
Slovenia Koper City Aerial

See an Alternate Version of Venice

Ever wondered what Venice would look like without canals (and hordes of tourists)? Many structures in Koper, including the 15th-century Praetorian Palace and Da Ponte Fountain, were built during the time when the Republic of Venice controlled the city, so the resemblance can be uncanny. Other historical Koper architecture worth seeing includes the Cathedral of St. Mary's Assumption and Tito Square, which is a popular meeting point for locals.
Insider tip
Credit cards are accepted just about everywhere in Slovenia but take some euro cash with you when you venture out just in case.
Slovenia Koper Sea View Landscape
Slovenia Koper Sea View Landscape

Make the Most of the Coast

Koper may offer fewer beaches than other cities you've visited, with just two — Mestna Plaza in the city center and Plaza Zusterna about a mile to the west — near town. But both are perfect if you're seeking a day of sun and surf. Plant yourself under one of the colorful umbrellas (and between locals) for a fun afternoon and take a dip in the crystal-clear water.
Insider tip
Many visitors to Koper also want to take a day trip to nearby Piran but make sure you have six to eight hours free if you want to enjoy this adjacent paradisiacal port.
Slovenia Malvasia Wine Vineyards
Slovenia Malvasia Wine Vineyards

Beat the Heat Inside a Wine Cellar

Is it a rainy day or so warm that it's best to take a break from the beach? Head to Vinakoper, a local wine cellar that spotlights Slovenian-made wines. Pair traditional Slovenia fare with flights of dry white rebula or slightly sour cvicek red or simply order glasses (or bottles) individually. Just as Piran itself evokes an alternative version of Venice, Slovenian wine is like Italian wine's quirky cousin.
Slovenia Risotto Shrimp Mussels
Slovenia Risotto Shrimp Mussels

Local Cuisine

Take advantage of Koper's seaside location and enjoy fresh Slovenian seafood. Be sure to try some cooked in rizota, which is the country's take on risotto. You can also enjoy other Slovenian favorites like sweet and savory kranjska klobasa sausage or kraški pršut, a locally-made version of prosciutto.
Slovenia Handmade Craft Lace Making
Slovenia Handmade Craft Lace Making

Shopping

Shopping in Koper involves more malls and supermarkets than at other Adriatic ports but you can still find local goods. In addition to bringing home a bottle (or a case!) from Vinakoper, you can shop for Slovenian handicrafts like Idrija lace or Slovenian honey, which has become famous throughout Europe in recent years because of the fantastic taste that comes from the country's long history of beekeeping.

Day 3: Cruising

Day 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Vitality Spa Couple Massage Relaxing
Vitality Spa Couple Massage Relaxing
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Brilliance of the Seas Solarium Entrance
Sunny Day at the Solarium

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Spa Stone Massage
Woman Receiving a Spa Stone Massage

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.
Boardwalk Arcade Skee Ball
Close-Up the Skee Ball on the Boardwalk Arcade

Arcade

Blips, bleeps, clangs and cheers. Play to win in a classic arcade atmosphere with timeless games, plus the latest at the Royal Caribban Arcade.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck

Whirlpools

It’s easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you’re soaking up ocean views, too.

Day 4: Sicily, Italy

Day 4
Sicily
Messina, Italy
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Sicily (Messina), Italy, Aerial View
Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Things to do in
Sicily
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Messina is Sicily's panoramic gateway — located on the northeastern corner of the island, the city just kisses the boot of mainland Italy's southern tip. Get lost among the patchwork of churches and antique palaces. The Messina Cathedral is in the heart of the city, and its famous bell tower houses the largest mechanical clock in the world — every day at noon, the statues move to Schubert's "Ave Maria." In front of this church, you'll find the Fontana di Orione, a 16th-century fountain that's a work of art in itself, with sculptures of figures from ancient mythology. Cruise to Sicily and take a leisurely walk to the Sacrario di Cristo Re, a hilltop church with panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Orions Fountain
Orions fountain in Sicily (Messina), Italy

Photographer's Playground

Messina's panoramic views and patchwork of architectural styles are an invitation for the creative photographer. The Neptune and Orione fountains created by Michelangelo's collaborator, Montorsoli are renaissance masterpieces.
Insider tip
Messina is a great place to discover by foot; within 10 minutes you can be at the Cathedral.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Ancient eternal calendar
An ancient eternal calendar

Dawn of the Duomo

Head to the Astronomical Clock at noon to catch the tower's daily spectacle, starring its bronze statue carousel. The 12th-century Santissima Annunziata Church, Gothic-style Messina Cathedral and the 19th-century Galleria V. Emanuele III span through centuries of architectural diversity.
Insider tip
Go from the Cathedral to the Piazza Cairoli for shopping or to relax at a local cafe with a gelato and espresso.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Buildings
View of various buildings from a look out point in Messina, Sicily

A Piazza With a View

Once you reach the Sacrario di Cristo Re, you'll discover a panoramic view of the strait and most of Messina. Visit the beautiful temple and the tomb of the unknown soldier during your Sicily cruise. Afterward, walk back down to Piazza Cairoli to Viale San Martino where you can enjoy a refreshing granita, a sorbet-like Sicilian treat.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Arancini street food
Three arancinis on a napkin

Local Cuisine

The cuisine here is one of the most antique in Sicily, with influences from Greek and Arabic cultures. Try Messina specialty la ghiotta di pesce stocco, filets of cod or swordfish baked in tomato sauce with potatoes, capers and herbs. Sample Sicilian bucatini, which combines pasta with local sardines and North African-inspired flavors like saffron, pine nuts and raisins. Or hit up the street vendors for arancini, the cheesy balls of fried rice that are the ultimate Sicilian comfort food.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Assorted Ceramic Souvenirs
Assorted colorful ceramic souvenirs

Shopping

Shop in local markets for the typical products, such as cheese, figs and marzipan. Visit the Galleria V. Emanuele — the world's oldest active shopping mall, dating back to the 1800s — for artisanal crafts such as coral jewelry, hand-painted glazed ceramics and fine crocheted items. Stop in the small shops off the main roads to see artisans at work during your Sicily cruise.

Day 5: Rome, Italy

Day 5
Rome
Civitavecchia, Italy
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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Colosseum
View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Things to do in
Rome
From 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
With 28 centuries of celebrated history, Rome holds the edge when it comes to unrivaled adventures. The city that sparked the world’s largest empire is very much alive today with a jumble of ancient ruins, world-renowned art and vivacious street culture. Here you can live la dolce vita, recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. Ride past centuries-old basilicas in a three-wheeled Ape Calessino, or stand in awe of paintings by Italian masters at Villa Borghese. Whether it’s Vatican City’s spiritual allure, Trastevere’s backstreet charms, or the Colosseum’s embattled legacy— The Eternal City endures with endless adventures.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANCIENT AND AMAZING

Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill— and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.
Insider tip
The train ride between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 80 minutes each way.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Piazza Navona
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy

ADVENTURE SQUARED

Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisan stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.
Insider tip
Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) is required when visiting Rome’s religious sites.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Statues
Statues in the Vatican Museum

SACRED SPACES

Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Then enter St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, to stand under its enormous sky-piercing dome.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Pizza and pasta
Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

LOCAL CUISINE

Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a sidewalk café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Colosseum Vatican Models
Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Street stalls throughout the city are your best bet for souvenirs. Via Condotti offers a string of couture Italian designers. Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighborhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market— and La Rinascente, the first department store.

Day 6: Florence / Pisa, Italy

Day 6
Florence / Pisa
Livorno, Italy
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Florence - Pisa, Italy Duomo
The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
Things to do in
Florence / Pisa
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
One of Italy's oldest port cities, Livorno is a small but historically rich city. Check out the red-hued Fortezza Nuova, a 16th-century fortress, and the surrounding area known as Nuova Venezia ("New Venice"), and take a mini-sailboat ride through its charming canals. Cruise to Livorno and use the city as your jumping-off point to the beauty of Tuscany: Take the 30-minute drive to Pisa and snap a quintessential picture with the city's famous leaning tower. Or head to Florence — about an hour from Livorno by car or train — where you can see the unmistakable Duomo ("dome") and the Byzantine-style frescoes of Saint John's Baptistery.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Pisa Lungarno
Pisa Lungarno in Pisa, Italy

Respite by the River

Leave the tourist masses behind at the Leaning Tower on the Field of Miracles in Pisa and escape for a pleasant stroll along the banks of the Arno River. Admire the colors and architecture of the palazzi that line the southern riverside embankment, stop for a picnic with some simple focaccia bread, mozzarella and wine, and continue to Pisa's medieval heart north of the water.
Insider tip
Buy entry tickets in advance to save time at museums.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy

City Panorama

In Florence, hike up the 418-steps of the Torre d'Arnolfo tower, part of the Palazzo Vecchio. The fortress palace was built in the fourteenth century and is still Florence's seat of power. Inside, admire Michelangelo's Genio della Vittoria sculpture as well as several large paintings by other masters such as Giorgio Vasari.
Insider tip
There are ATMs everywhere, but some restaurants and shops accept cash only.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Frontal view of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy

Marble and Monasticism

Visit Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, with its eye-catching green-and-white marble facade. Inside the basilica, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, you'll find countless artistic masterpieces, such as the frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Continue through a side door into the vast, serene monastic complex.
Insider tip
The Uffiizi, Galeria dell'Accademia and most other state museums are closed on Mondays.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Vegetable Soup
A bowl of vegetable soup

Local Cuisine

Tuscans share a proud culinary tradition, with seasonal and sustainable quality ingredients sourced locally. Cruise to Livorno to sample a traditional bowl of earthy ribollita (bean, bread and vegetable soup) from a humble family-run eatery. Sample a bistecca alla fiorentina, or Florentine steak, cooked over roasted chestnuts to impart a smoky flavor. Or grab some salami, parmesan cheeses and biscotti for lunch from the Mercato Centrale.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Leather Diaries
Leather diaries for sale in Florence, Italy

Shopping

Ignore the souvenir shops around Pisa's tower and head to the main shopping streets Corso Italia and Borgo Stretto, where you'll find Italian fashion shops. In stylish Florence, homegrown designers include Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. During your Tuscany cruise, look for the workshops in the medieval alleys, with handcrafted jewelry and leather goods from shoes to purses.

Day 7: Cannes, France

Day 7
Cannes
France
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Aerial View, Cannes, France
Aerial View, Cannes, France
Things to do in
Cannes
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The French Riviera is synonymous with glamour and wealth — and when it comes to prestige, Cannes is the crown jewel. Home to the famous Cannes Film Festival, the city comes to life with movie stars each year for the event. But you don't have to be a big-shot to feel like a star here. Head to Palm Beach to take a dip and bask in the sunshine. Stroll down the famous mile-long La Croisette and take in the views of the marina and town below. Cruise to Cannes and head up the hill to Le Suquet, the original town center that's remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
Cannes, France  Saint Marguerite Island
A sentinel tower at Saint Marguerite island

Island Excursion

A 15-minute ferry ride over the deep blue Mediterranean will get you to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, one of the Lerin Islands. Head here for a more tranquil setting than Cannes. Walk through the island's aromatic forest of eucalyptus trees, and check out the 17th-century fortress prison Fort Royal.
Insider tip
If celebrity sightings are your thing, plan your visit around the Cannes Film Festival in mid-May.
A Pier at a Beach, Cannes, France
A Pier at a Beach, Cannes, France

Soak Up the Sun

The luxury and natural beauty of the Cote d'Azur are right at your fingertips in Cannes. Relax on one of the white sand beaches. Stick around until sunset to watch as the sky glows orange over the coastline.
Insider tip
Uber operates in the French Riviera and is often easier to use than a taxi.
View of Sea, Cannes, France
View of Sea, Cannes, France

Hike the Hills

More than 100 acres of lush forest borders Cannes. From here, you'll get some of the best views of the sea. Jump onboard a French Riviera cruise and remember to pack a picnic and hike through the public woodland without spending a dime.
Cannes, France Paella From Local Market
A chef serving paella at a local market in Cannes, France

Local Cuisine

Cannes has plenty of high-end restaurants serving freshly caught seafood — sea bass, prawns and oysters are among the favorites. Head to Le Suquet for more casual takes on ocean fare. Stop by the Marche Forville, the local market. Sample meats, fresh fish and brightly colored produce. Try the French Riveria staple socca, a chickpea pancake.
Rue Meynadier Street Sign, Cannes, France
Rue Meynadier Street Sign, Cannes, France

Shopping

Head to Rue Meynadier and pop into the 18th-century homes that have been turned into boutiques. If you're looking for higher-end designs, wander down Rue d'Antibes for the ultimate experience of lecher les vitrines — window-shopping. You'll find designer fashions, art galleries and specialty shops.

Day 8: Barcelona, Spain

Day 8
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 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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