Cala in Mallorca, Spain
Cala in Mallorca, Spain

Spain, Portugal & the Canary Islands Cruises

See classical architecture, hob-nob in hip bars or scale an imposing volcano.

Tucked into the far southwestern corner of Europe, the nations of the Iberian Peninsula are home to diverse cultural riches and myriad opportunities for outdoor exploration. Start a cruise holiday to experience Spain's Islamic-inflected architectural heritage at the Alhambra in Granada and the Giralda in Seville. See the dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters of Portugal's Algarve, and take exhilarating hikes around the calderas of active volcanoes in the Canary Islands. As an added bonus, the food and drink in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands is life-altering – from finger foods like Spanish tapas and Portuguese petiscos to crisp white wines like Vinho Verde and bold reds from Rioja.

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Things to do in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia
Things to do in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia

Turn Back the Clock

Retrace history along Spain's coast, from the lives of world-famous artists to monasteries dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus.


The imaginary camaraderie between Picasso, Gaudi and Miro notwithstanding, the works of these men are a great way to add culture to your Spanish cruise. Visit Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral or Miro's 'Woman and Birds' sculpture in Barcelona. Then tour the impressive collection of the Picasso Museum in Málaga for something truly distinct.


After you stroll through castles like the Alhambra that hearken back to Spain's Islamic past, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site that comprises Lisbon’s Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, which date back to the Age of Explorations that led to the voyage of Christopher Columbus.


Need a break from the bustle of Barcelona or the lazy crowds of Lisbon? Take a train down the coast to from Barcelona to Sitges, the capital of Catalonian chill or northward from Lisbon to Sintra, whose colourful Pena National Palace has quickly become one of Portugal's most notable sites.

Tour European Cliff and Coastal Towns
Tour European Cliff and Coastal Towns

Sun, Sand and Sipping

Nature is in abundant supply in Europe's sunniest sector. Laze on the sandy beaches of Spain and cliff-hewn shores or Portugal, scale volcanic craters in the exotic Canary Islands or sip fine wines in the region's stunning vineyards.


Whether you prefer to laze on the golden sands of Spain's Costa del Sol, such as at Málaga's La Malagueta Beach, or trek above dramatic cliffs in Portugal's Algarve region or on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula has all beach bums covered.


Earn your tapas by taking one of the region's many great hikes. In the Canary Islands, the hike up the Teide Volcano is positively exhilarating. Or get your physical activity in the city. Walk up to Barcelona's scenic Park Guell, or make the trek to Lisbon's stunning Miradouro da Graca viewpoint.


Soak in the sunshine and hillside vistas at the wineries of Portugal's Douro Valley, which specialises in Port dessert wines that are known to age for decades. Or head to Spain's Rioja region to sample bold, barrel-aged reds made from the indigenous grape Tempranillo.

Barcelona Attraction, La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Attraction, La Sagrada Familia

Encounter beauty both natural and manmade in
Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands

Sail to Spain to sink your teeth into tapas, Portugal to sip sweet port wine or the Canary Islands to feast on the majesty of natural bliss. No matter where in southwestern Europe you visit, a feast is guaranteed.

Spanish Sensibilities

From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Alhambra in Granada, a cruise to Spain lets you experience the great architecture of Iberia first-hand.

Power Through Portugal

See the expanse of Lisbon from the hilltop viewpoints scattered around the city, or go deeper into the countryside near Porto and see the pristine coastline at Matosinhos Beach.



Carry a dictionary with you, or update the 'Translate' app on your phone. Even in the major cities and ports of Spain and Portugal, English isn't widely spoken.


Pack your schedule lightly: the siesta culture of Spain means that cities and towns shut down for an hour every afternoon, which can shave off some time on your to-do list.


Portugal has famously relaxed views on punctuality, so factor in a few extra minutes when trying to get around.


The culinary patchwork of Spain, Portugal and Canary Islands is as colourful as the various languages its people speak and the many cultural traditions they follow. From the tapas in Spain to meat and potatoes covered in Canarian mojo sauce, you're sure to find many ways to express your contentment during your holiday.


Featuring tender seafood and savoury sausage stir-fried with saffron rice, paella's claim to fame is simplicity. In one bite of this dish, you can taste all of the flavours that have made Spain's signature dish famous around the world.


Whether you try tapas in Spain or petiscos in Portugal, a few things stay true: these small plates of meat dishes, pastries and sandwiches meant to be eaten by hand aren't tiny, and a friend to help you eat is just as useful as a glass of fruity sangria wine punch to wash it down.


These long, fried pastries covered in cinnamon and sugar not only taste better in Spain, from where they originated long ago, but they're also available in their first incarnation: served with a rich cup of hot chocolate, a meal so satisfying it's not even considered dessert.

Related Ports

Discover Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands in-depth. Read about Málaga, the hub of Spain's Costa del Sol where Pablo Picasso was born, or Portugal's colourful capital Lisbon. Then get to know the Canary Islands, from the busy beaches of Tenerife to peaceful La Palma.

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