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Head to the Western Med…

Visit the culture-rich ports of Lisbon and Barcelona, the quieter Spanish ports of Valencia and Motril, and the peaceful islands of Majorca and Gibraltar where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of Mediterranean life – strolling in the autumn sunshine, browsing the markets and people-watching over a glass of local wine.

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Destination 1

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s capital since the 13th century, Lisbon is home to a half-million lively and friendly residents and boasts the title of the oldest city in Western Europe. A place of great global importance, thanks to its finance, commerce, arts, media, trade, education, and tourism industries, Lisbon is rich in architecture – ranging from Romanesque to Post-Modern – and offers visitors world-class museums like the National Museum of Ancient Art, live music and theater, the second-largest aquarium in the world, and restaurants that feature diverse food from dozens of world cultures. It’s a joy to explore on foot or via public transportation.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

Destination 2

Huelva, Spain

Huelva, Spain

Huelva, Spain

The industrial city of Huelva is best known for its strong ties to Christopher Columbus, who set sail from here to discover new lands for the Spanish crown in 1492. Fascinating full-size replicas of Columbus’ three ships are moored alongside the water’s edge, while the colossal monument to the intrepid explorer—designed by the American Gertrude Whitney in 1929—has become a local icon. Though the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans all settled in Huelva, few buildings survived the earthquake of 1755 after which the city was largely rebuilt.

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800.

Destination 3

Palma, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma, Majorca

Spain’s Balearic Islands are stunning and Palma is one of its gems. Home to about a half-million residents, it dates back to the 1st century BC Romans but was under Islamic control from about 900 to 1200 AD before being reclaimed by the Christians. Nonetheless, remnants of many cultures are evident in this vibrant island city. Explore the Old City featuring hints of Palma’s Arab past, the Moorish baths, the circular Bellver Castle, the 14th century Royal Castle of Almudaina, the magnificent Gothic-style Silk Exchange, and the beautiful City Council Building as you stroll along the storied streets. Palma is also an agricultural mecca, with abundant groves of oranges, lemons, olives, and almonds dotting the landscape. The nightlife scene is particularly lively and many local bars and cafes offer live music, ranging from jazz and rock to traditional Spanish offerings.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 4

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of Spain's premier destinations—a stylish and dynamic city with a spectacular Mediterranean setting, and a real buzz. Arguably, the heart of the city is the mosaic-paved Ramblas, a pedestrian-only street leading up from the port, and the city's social hub, filled with sidewalk cafés, street entertainers, and crowds of people strolling slowly just taking in the atmosphere.

With Roman origins, besieged numerous times during its long and turbulent history, modern Barcelona is proudly Catalan. The city has a fascinating heritage and so much to discover. Awash with culture and art, Barcelona has seen many famous artists including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró (both of whom have dedicated museums here), make the city home, but it is the eccentric architect Antoni Gaudí’s surprising and striking work that has become symbolic of Barcelona, especially La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. His distinctive creations are often covered in colourful mosaics and quirky detailing, and have an organic style. Other highlights include the medieval Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the fortress at Montjuic, the cathedral, the elegant neighborhood of Eixample, the city’s glorious food markets, and the views from Tibidabo. Thanks to the 1992 Olympics held here, the area around the port was redeveloped and now offers a boardwalk alongside a beach that was voted the world’s top city beach by the National Geographic. The charming old Fisherman’s quarter of Barcelona awash with cafés and tapas bars is tucked just behind.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 5

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Spain’s third-largest city, far from the country’s other most popular vacation destinations – Madrid and Barcelona – Valencia lies on the southeastern coast at the conflux of the Mediterranean Sea and the Turia River. This bustling city is a true mixture of old and new. At one end, visitors find restored landmarks of days-gone-by, indicative of Valencians commitment to reclaiming their past. The city’s ancient towers, old monastery, Central Market, and the extraordinary Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas are must-sees, but so are Valencia’s modern buildings and sites, like the spectacular Oceanografic aquarium and the architecturally-brilliant City of the Arts and Sciences. Hungry? Consider a food-based walking tour, dine on tapas, or enjoy hearty paella made Valencia-style.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 6

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

A popular port city in the Murcia region of southeast Spain, Cartagena has long been a true melting pot. Inhabited by many different cultures throughout the centuries – from the Romans to the Arabs – Cartagena boasts remnants of many civilizations, evident in its buildings, its historic festivals, and its arts and music. Hike up to the remains of the 13th century Concepcion Castle fortress, or stay at sea level and wander along the Muralla del Mar (sea wall) or admire the city’s wealth of Modernist architecture. For lunch or dinner, indulge in a hearty paella or a tasty caldero (casserole), made from a variety of fish fresh from the sea. Don’t miss the fig bread, a local specialty!

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 7

Motril, Spain

Motril, Spain

Motril, Spain

The port of Motril, a short drive from Granada, is an Andalusian city with close ties to the sugar cane industry. A handful of refineries still operate while others are a remnant of Motril’s past, but travelers can still visit these historic sites along with a number of notable religious buildings such as Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Cabez, built in the 17th century at the site of an ancient fortress and restored in the 1960s after being damaged during the Spanish Civil War. Known as the gateway between Europe and Africa (Morocco is a short ferry ride away), Motril also boasts an abundance of tropical fruit and flower growers and plenty of opportunity to shop for those and other local products.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 8

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Sharing its northern border with Spain, Gibraltar boasts plenty of natural beauty, with more than 400 species of flora gracing this 2.6-square-mile territory. Much of the upper portion of Gibraltar remains a wildlife refuge – home to the famous Apes of Gibraltar – while the remainder is dedicated to shipping and tourism. Here you’ll find signs of the diverse cultures that once occupied the land before it became a British territory, with this diversity being especially apparent in the cuisine of Gibraltar as well as its eclectic music scene.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 9

La Coruña (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain

La Coruña, Spain

La Coruña (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain

Located in the municipality of Galica, La Coruna sits on a peninsula on the far northwest corner of Iberia. With a climate much controlled by the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, it enjoys mostly warm days but experiences abundant rainfall in the autumn and winter. Settled by an ancient Celtic tribe, the city enjoyed centuries of prosperity as a port city but has now expanded its interests to finance, fashion, technology, and more. Visitors to La Coruna can stroll along one of the largest promenades in Europe – the Paseo Maritimo, visit the 2nd-century lighthouse known as the Tower of Hercules, explore the Old Town, or head to the Fine Arts Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Casa das Ciencias (House of Sciences). And don’t miss the opportunity to take the panoramic elevator to the top of San Pedro Hill, where the views are divine!

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

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