17th November, 2023
Head to the home of tapas:
Cruise Spain with Saga
Each day promises a unique experience on Saga’s Spanish cruises. Take in the picturesque landscapes along the Santiago trail. Get into the Spanish groove at a traditional flamenco show. Or explore the country’s rich culinary scene to savour iconic dishes like paella and churros – and tapas of course!
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Plus, as Saga’s ships are smaller, you’ll have access to more intimate and less-accessible ports too, such as Mahon in Minorca. This natural harbour offers a tranquil atmosphere to discover the beauty of the Balearic Islands at a more relaxed pace.
The best of the Spanish ports
You’ll find a wealth of leisurely experiences to enjoy in each port you visit with these Spain cruises.
The best thing about a boutique cruise is you can visit lots of ports across many countries, all on one voyage.
Here are just a few of the Spanish highlights…
Absorb Barcelona’s creative tapestry
When your cruise to Spain stops off in the beloved port of Barcelona, you’re in for a visual treat with the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudi, including the iconic Sagrada Familia basilica. Over 140 years since the first brick was laid, and it’s still a work-in-progress!
Beyond Gaudi’s legacy, the city boasts more artistic treasures showcased in renowned venues such as the nearby Picasso Museum.
Carnivals and cathedrals in Cadiz
Saga offer cruises to Cadiz during the vibrant carnival season in February. Along with colourful parades, the Neoclassical cathedral and tall-standing Tavira Tower make up more of the city’s striking attractions.
After a day of exploring, why not cool down in the many swimming spots along La Caleta Beach – a stone’s throw away from San Sebastian Castle.
Unravel tales of the sea in Palamós
Gain an insight into how the role of fishing has played a vital role in the coastal town of Palamós along the Costa Brava.
You can dive into the port’s maritime heritage with a trip to the Fishing Museum, sharing the evolution of local seafaring traditions.
Seafood restaurants also line the port, giving you the chance to sample the region’s fresh maritime flavours.
Cueta’s multicultural marketplace
It’s a Spanish enclave in North Africa – this is a Spanish port not actually in Spain at all! But Ceuta has a unique blend of Spanish and Moroccan influences, creating a diverse cultural atmosphere.
From spice souks to hand-painted ceramic stalls, discover the fusion of cultures here when you wander past the traditional markets and bazaars.
The wonders of Mahon and Palma
For a more in-depth glance into local traditions and unspoiled charm, Saga’s cruises to Spain beckon you to explore quieter ports off the beaten track – compared to other Spain cruise itineraries – in this case, hidden gems in the Balearics.
As well as natural beauty with winding coastal paths, Mahon in Minorca is home to a handful of famous archaeological sites. Head to the Naveta des Tudons – a prehistoric burial chamber or investigate the tunnels in the military complex of La Mola Fort.
You can also step back in time in Palma, Majorca. Marvel at the circular architecture of Bellver Castle or pay a visit to the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.
Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely day basking in the Mediterranean sun at one of the many beaches like Playa de Palma or Cala Major.
Cruise all year round
Saga cruise to the Mediterranean all year round and each season offers different experiences. Witness Easter in the Adriatic, summer on the Catalan coastline and autumn on the Italian coast. With glorious sun in summer and mild temperatures later in the year, the Mediterranean is always a pleasant destination to cruise.
Cruise Spain with a high-flying experience
If you’re tempted by these leisurely highlights, Saga also provides customised excursions, included on cruises to Spain. This includes the thrilling experience of Barcelona from the Top – boasting a unique perspective of the city from new heights.
After arriving in Barcelona on one of Saga’s boutique ships, ascend Montjuïc Hill for a journey above the city. From Parc de Montjuïc, you’ll hop on a panoramic cable car ride to Castell de Montjuïc, with views en route of Fundacio Miro and the National Museum of Catalonia. After exploring the historic castle, with origins tracing back to 1640, travel to Mirador del Alcalde for an unparalleled view of Barcelona and the Mediterranean coastline.
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