21 Reasons to Book This European Cruise Now
Barcelona's Storied Skyline
The colorful, curvaceous forms of Antonin Gaudí’s celebrated architecture give the streets their sophisticated-storybook-village character.
Barcelona’s Beautiful Beaches
More than three miles of golden sand meeting the aqua Balearic Sea draw visitors and locals to the city’s sunny shores.
Barcelona's Rich History
Its port city location at the epicenter of Greek, Arab, and European influence has infused Barcelona with an impressive legacy of art and culture.
Ibiza's Azure Seas
An island once known primarily for its raucous nightlife now lures jetsetters and celebrities to its gorgeous waters and intimate coves.
Ibiza's Elegant Shores
The capital city of Eivissa offers a range of attractions—world-class restaurants and shopping, sightseeing, and a Museum of Contemporary Art. The towering fort at its peak is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ibiza's Old World Charm
Plaster walls, narrow stone streets, and vibrant tile stairways overhung with bougainvillea invite long, slow strolls.
Cartagena's Roman Holiday
In 1988, a dramatic, 6,000-seat theater was unearthed near the waterfront. The more than 2,000-year-old ruins now stand as a monument to the city’s time under Roman rule and are a testament to Cartagena’s history as a center for the arts.
Cartagena's Naval Past
With key access to the Mediterranean via Cartagena Bay, the city quickly became a key naval port in Spain. Pride in that legacy is on display at the Cartagena Naval Museum, which moved to its seaside building in 2012.
Cartagena's Sidewalk Style
Cafés and shops line the streets, inviting long walks with stops for lingering over delicious Spanish wines and tapas.
Gibraltar's Stunning Sentry
The Rock of Gibraltar stands as one of two “Pillars of Hercules” at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. The British territory provides views of two continents: to the north, the European coastline of Spain, and to the south, the northern shores of Africa.
Gibraltar's Savvy Shopping
Sophisticated links to Britain and Spain make for beautiful streetscapes and shopping in this easy-to-navigate, English-speaking territory.
Gibraltar's Monkey Business
More than 200 Barbary macaques call the rock home. Visitors are advised not to disturb the free-living monkeys, but many of the territory’s most famous residents are happy to oblige a photo op from a respectful distance.
Casablanca's Spectacular Sights
A city of about 4 million people, Casablanca is Morocco’s largest port and an exotic home to startling art and architecture, including the Hassan II Mosque and its 60-stories-tall minaret.
Casablanca's Breathtaking Beauty
The city’s diverse history—having at various times come under Portuguese, Spanish, French, African, and Arabic influence—makes for a colorful cultural tapestry visible from its food to its facades.
Casablanca's Brilliant Markets
The city’s souks, or open-air markets, are a souvenir shopper’s Technicolor dream.
Portimão’s Seaside Charm
This southern Portuguese port is the gateway to many historic towns of the Algarve region. The town offers a delightful heritage of historical monuments and the eternal beauty of the Ria de Alvor.
Portimão’s Natural Wonder
Remarkable beaches, such as the immense strand known as Praia da Rocha, define Portimão’s sun-drenched lifestyle.
Portimão’s Small-Town Roots
With a population of only about 56,000, Portimão retains its quaint, fishing village feel.
Lisbon’s Riot of Color
Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city, with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange tiled roofs, and luminous blue skies.
Lisbon's Many Charms
Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world. A walk along its stair-stepped streets works up an appetite for the city’s renowned, seafood-filled cuisine.
Lisbon's Sunny Streetcars
Climb the steeper streets in a bright yellow tram—five lines crisscross the city, making for a breezy way to see the sights in this cosmopolitan town.
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