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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.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Barcelona, Spain

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

OH MY GAUDI

Grab a steamy cortado in a pavement café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.

La Sagrada Couple Walking
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

Grab a steamy cortado in a pavement café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.

La Sagrada Couple Walking
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain
Things To Do

in Barcelona

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.

Barceloneta Beach  at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harbour-front 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.

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, pavement cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvellous centrepiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s – and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.

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 appetisers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.

Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewellery, 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 - DOCKED

Cartagena, Spain

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
EXPLORE THE ANCIENT

MEDITERRANEAN COAST

The Mediterranean port of Cartagena is home to 3,000 years of history, with the Roman Theatre dating back to the first century A.D. Visit the eighteenth-century Concepcion Castle and pop into its historical interpretation center while you're there. Stroll through town to enjoy the extensive street art at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Cortina Beach in Cartagena, Spain
Castillitos Battery in Cartagena, Spain

The Mediterranean port of Cartagena is home to 3,000 years of history, with the Roman Theatre dating back to the first century A.D. Visit the eighteenth-century Concepcion Castle and pop into its historical interpretation center while you're there. Stroll through town to enjoy the extensive street art at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Cortina Beach in Cartagena, Spain
Castillitos Battery in Cartagena, Spain
Things To Do

in Cartagena

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Seville (Cadiz), Spain

ARRIVES:
11:30 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

ADVENTURE STRIKES A CHORD

Seville’s distinct personality is intoxicating. Wander its narrow streets and you’ll discover palaces built by Moorish kings in Old Town and lively tapas bars in Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España, and stroll through greenery at Maria Luisa Park. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Marvel at Spanish masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts. Or breathe in citywide views from Torre del Oro.

Seville’s distinct personality is intoxicating. Wander its narrow streets and you’ll discover palaces built by Moorish kings in Old Town and lively tapas bars in Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España, and stroll through greenery at Maria Luisa Park. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Marvel at Spanish masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts. Or breathe in citywide views from Torre del Oro.

Things To Do

PALATIAL PROPORTIONS

Trace Seville’s more than 1,000-year history amongst 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.

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.

SETTING THE STAGE

From the first note plucked on the guitar to the clamour 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.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

ARRIVES:
5:00 PM

PORTO TAPA MIND

Porto is a city that offers so much history and architecture to explore. Enter the Palacio da Bolsa to appreciate the decorative carvings and the traditional tile work. And if you've got your architecture fix taken care of then venture out to Foz do Douro, a trendy district that offers views of where the river enters the ocean and take it all in.

Traditional Rabelo boats on the Duoro river, with the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Two gondolas moving along Duoro river against the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Panoramic view of Old Porto city and Ribeira over Douro river in Porto, Portugal

Porto is a city that offers so much history and architecture to explore. Enter the Palacio da Bolsa to appreciate the decorative carvings and the traditional tile work. And if you've got your architecture fix taken care of then venture out to Foz do Douro, a trendy district that offers views of where the river enters the ocean and take it all in.

Traditional Rabelo boats on the Duoro river, with the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Two gondolas moving along Duoro river against the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Panoramic view of Old Porto city and Ribeira over Douro river in Porto, Portugal
Things To Do

in Porto (Leixoes)

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 bookshops 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. Harry Potter fans may recognise 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.

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.

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.

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 savoury 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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing lots of walking on cobblestoned streets and up several flights of stairs in Porto.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

PORTO TAPA MIND

Porto is a city that offers so much history and architecture to explore. Enter the Palacio da Bolsa to appreciate the decorative carvings and the traditional tile work. And if you've got your architecture fix taken care of then venture out to Foz do Douro, a trendy district that offers views of where the river enters the ocean and take it all in.

Traditional Rabelo boats on the Duoro river, with the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Two gondolas moving along Duoro river against the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Panoramic view of Old Porto city and Ribeira over Douro river in Porto, Portugal

Porto is a city that offers so much history and architecture to explore. Enter the Palacio da Bolsa to appreciate the decorative carvings and the traditional tile work. And if you've got your architecture fix taken care of then venture out to Foz do Douro, a trendy district that offers views of where the river enters the ocean and take it all in.

Traditional Rabelo boats on the Duoro river, with the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Two gondolas moving along Duoro river against the cityscape of old town Porto, Portugal
Panoramic view of Old Porto city and Ribeira over Douro river in Porto, Portugal
Things To Do

in Porto (Leixoes)

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 bookshops 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. Harry Potter fans may recognise 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.

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.

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.

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 savoury 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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing lots of walking on cobblestoned streets and up several flights of stairs in Porto.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Lisbon, Portugal

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
GAIN A NEW VIEW

IN LISBON

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal
Things To Do

in Lisbon

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 colourful 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'.

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.

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.

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.

Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewellery in the back streets 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 browse international brands.

INSIDER TIP

Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighbourhoods, but the carriages fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser-known route to avoid crowds.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Lisbon, Portugal

DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
GAIN A NEW VIEW

IN LISBON

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal
Things To Do

in Lisbon

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 colourful 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'.

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.

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.

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.

Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewellery in the back streets 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 browse international brands.

INSIDER TIP

Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighbourhoods, but the carriages fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser-known route to avoid crowds.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

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 - DOCKED

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

ROCK SOLID

Come and see first-hand the unique mix of cultural influences that define Gibraltar. Traipse through the Moorish Castle, a still-standing medieval fortress. Ride the cable car to the summit of the city's namesake landform, the Rock of Gibraltar – at the top, you can get up-close-and-personal with the local Barbary macaques. Then, head to Gibraltar Port and savour the distinctive blend of Mediterranean and British flavours that makes up the local cuisine.

Aerial View of the Rock of Gibraltar
Hotel and beach view from top of the Rock of Gibraltar, United Kingdom
View of the cable car in Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Come and see first-hand the unique mix of cultural influences that define Gibraltar. Traipse through the Moorish Castle, a still-standing medieval fortress. Ride the cable car to the summit of the city's namesake landform, the Rock of Gibraltar – at the top, you can get up-close-and-personal with the local Barbary macaques. Then, head to Gibraltar Port and savour the distinctive blend of Mediterranean and British flavours that makes up the local cuisine.

Aerial View of the Rock of Gibraltar
Hotel and beach view from top of the Rock of Gibraltar, United Kingdom
View of the cable car in Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Things To Do

in Gibraltar

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.

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.

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.

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 centre 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.

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 artisanal chocolate or Barbary macaque stuffed animals during your Iberian Peninsula cruises.

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.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

Alicante, Spain

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

HEED THE CASTLE CALL

Sunny Alicante sits at the foot of the historic Castillo de Santa Barbara. Meander along the narrow streets of its old town, or shop and dine along the city's shady, marble-laid promenade along the seafront. Alicante's white sandy beach Playa del Postiguet has gentle, shallow waters and a great castle view.

View of Alicante, Spain with the Santa Barbara castle on a hill looking over the city
Denia beach in Alicante, Spain
A street lined with palm trees in Alicante, Spain

Sunny Alicante sits at the foot of the historic Castillo de Santa Barbara. Meander along the narrow streets of its old town, or shop and dine along the city's shady, marble-laid promenade along the seafront. Alicante's white sandy beach Playa del Postiguet has gentle, shallow waters and a great castle view.

View of Alicante, Spain with the Santa Barbara castle on a hill looking over the city
Denia beach in Alicante, Spain
A street lined with palm trees in Alicante, Spain
Things To Do

in Alicante

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Choose fresh seafood at Pesca al Peso market; you can pay and then come back for it after it's cooked.

DAY 11 - Arrival Day

Barcelona, Spain

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM

CROWN OF CATALONIA

Afternoons in Barcelona are best spent eating Spanish tapas in a cosy bar. Then take a Gaudí-inspired architecture crawl to see modernist wonders like Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Park Güell and the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Família. Explore medieval dockyards at the Maritime Museum – or throw on an apron and learn the centuries-old art of Catalan cuisine in a chef-led cooking class.

La Sagrada Couple Walking
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

Afternoons in Barcelona are best spent eating Spanish tapas in a cosy bar. Then take a Gaudí-inspired architecture crawl to see modernist wonders like Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Park Güell and the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Família. Explore medieval dockyards at the Maritime Museum – or throw on an apron and learn the centuries-old art of Catalan cuisine in a chef-led cooking class.

La Sagrada Couple Walking
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain
Things To Do

in Barcelona

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.

Barceloneta Beach  at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harbour-front 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.

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, pavement cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvellous centrepiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s – and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.

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 appetisers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.

Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewellery, 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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