Be dazzled by some of Spain and Portugal’s gems — Lisbon’s Old World splendour, Cadiz’s streets, gardens and squares, Malaga’s glorious beaches. Experience the depth of Andalucían flavours with a plate of tapas and a glass of award-winning wine, or enjoy Gaudi’s UNESCO protected whimsical masterpieces in “bonito Barcelona” during your overnight.
|1. Lisbon, Portugal
Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) offer spectacular river or city views. .
|2. Portimao, Portugal
Portimao is a major fishing port, and significant investment has been poured into transforming it into an attractive cruise port as well. The city itself is spacious and has several good shopping streets—though sadly many of the more traditional retailers have closed in the wake of the global economic crisis. There is also a lovely riverside area that just begs to be strolled.
|3. Cartagena, Spain
Stand on the battlements of the castle that overlook this city and you can literally see layer upon layer of history spread below you – the wharf where Phoenician traders docked their ships; the street where Roman legionaries marched; the plaza that once housed a mosque; the hills over which came the armies of the Christian Reconquista; the factories of the industrial age; the Modernist buildings; and the contemporary warships of what is still an important naval base.
|4. Valencia, Spain
Valencia represents the essence of contemporary Spain—daring design and architecture along with experimental cuisine—but remains deeply conservative and proud of its traditions. Though it faces the Mediterranean, Valencia's history and geography have been defined most significantly by the River Turia and the fertile floodplain (huerta) that surrounds it. The city has been fiercely contested ever since it was founded by the Greeks.
|5. Barcelona, Spain
The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí's majestic Sagrada Famíliaand his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain's second-largest city.
- • Sailing date is 23 September 2017.
- • Price is based on cruise only.
- • Price is based on per guest, double-occupancy on Vista Suite.
- • Voyage highlights, excursions and enrichment programmes are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.
- • Silversea reserves the right to correct any errors and omissions, and to cancel any offered product or service in the event of such error or omission.
- • Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice.