Gorgeous beaches, bustling cities, vibrant nightlife, cultural prestige — Spain has it all. It’s little wonder that Spanish ports are some of the most popular stops on Mediterranean cruises. If you’re planning a Mediterranean cruise trip round Europe this year, take a look at some of these enchanting destinations to add to your itinerary:
There are two reasons why visiting Almeria should be a top priority on your next Mediterranean trip. Firstly, the climate is enviable even by Spanish standards, and secondly, Almeria is an idyllic escape from mass tourism. If you love Spanish beaches but loathe the throngs of people, this is the place to find an unspoilt stretch of sand.
The city’s landmark feature is the ancient Islamic fortress, La Alcazaba. It looks down over the city centre from its hilltop perch, and you can spend hours wandering its gardens and rooms to get a glimpse of Almeria’s past.
Perhaps you know Alicante more as a tourist hive and party destination. But look beyond the resorts. The city is a meeting place of civilisations and time periods —you’ll find lively nightlife and modern amenities side by side with buildings that are hundreds of years old.
Wander the streets of the old town, visit the 18th century town hall and dine on traditional Spanish food. The Explanada de España, a mosaic-tiled promenade, is a popular part of Alicante and merits a stroll to soak up the atmosphere. There’s a particular buzz about in peak season.
Mallorca’s capital is teeming with history and stunning sights. The city’s architecture is similar to what you’ll find in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. Two must-see marvels are the cathedral, designed by Gaudí, and the 14th century Castell de Bellver. The latter is a circular castle and you won’t find one like it anywhere else in Spain.
You’ll no doubt be familiar with Gibraltar because of its famous rock, which you can scale by cable car to enjoy not only spectacular views, but also the caves and tunnels of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. The rock is also home to Barbary macaques which roam freely amongst the visitors — but keep an eye on your belongings, because they’re notorious pickpockets!
Huelva may lack the historic landmarks of Spain’s other ports, thanks to a catastrophic earthquake in 1755, but don’t let this put you off. The city is modern and vibrant with plenty on offer. If you enjoy tapas, there’s nowhere better to be – tapas bars line the streets, but we’d particularly recommend El Picoteo on Pablo Rada.
Spain’s coast is glittering with treasures, and with such variety on offer, its ports are the best places for your perfect Mediterranean holiday.
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