Departing late from Seville, get a bird’s-eye view of the city’s shining lights from La Noria de Sevilla Ferris wheel. Spending a late night in Gibraltar, stop at The Star Bar, the city’s oldest drinking establishment dating back centuries, where legend has it Christopher Columbus diverted into for a steak dinner on his way to exploring the Americas. Explore the Spanish coast up close and discover hidden coves in Sagres and Puerto Banús with opportunities to play with marina water toys directly from the yacht. Tantalizing flavors of cataplana – a dish originally invented by fishermen and sharing the name of the frying pan it’s made in – beckon you to sample the Portuguese favorite in Portimão.
Portugal’s capital Lisbon comes alive with a rich history seen in every nook and cranny of the city. From the resting place of famous explorer Vasco de Gama at Jeronimos Monastery to the impressive turrets of São Jorge Castle dating all the way back to second century B.C.E., Lisbon offers a deep dive into the past to satiate the most curious travelers.
While Western Europe’s oldest city boasts an array of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, that does not mean it has remained stuck in the past. On the contrary, the colorful culture and vibrant life that runs throughout the city’s restaurants, shops, and rooftop bars make it buzz with infectious energy. Taking a tuk tuk through its hard-to-reach passages allows you to experience Lisbon as the locals do.
Oct 01Sagres, Portugal
Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 8:00 pm
Lying on the southern coast of Portugal, marked by the Cape of St. Vincent and Sagres Point, the port city of Sagres welcomes explorers with its mild, Mediterranean climate. But it also calls out to the curious traveler, filled with a rich history and religious significance (its name derives from the word holy after all). From hiking to surfing to diving to boating, Sagres is a haven for outdoor lovers, including the most southwestern point of Europe, Praia do Beliche, one of the best surf beaches in the city. To experience that authentic, homestyle meal, order a serving of frango piri-piri. Grilled perfectly with a blend of spices kept secret for generations, this chicken dish makes your mouth water and warms your belly.
Oct 02Portimao, Portugal
Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 8:00 pm
Along the southwestern coast of the Algarve region of Portugal lies the vibrant port city of Portimão, equal parts history come to life and modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar contain prehistoric remnants of the country’s beginnings while Praia da Rocha (Rock Beach) presents the quintessential beach scene that makes this an ideal, tropical getaway. Not far from here you’ll find Praia dos Três Castelos, a beach well-known for its strange and dramatic rock formations of limestone. Located in the urban setting of Portimão, the Fort of Santa Catarina creates a stark contrast with its medieval construct, where walking the ancient paths call to your inner child and make you feel a sense of wonder and imagination.
Oct 03At Sea
Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore
Oct 04Seville, Spain
Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 11:00 pm
With the only inland port in Spain - accessible only by small ship - and lying farther from the coastline than other port cities, Seville offers warmer temperatures that create a mild, Mediterranean climate perfect for sunny day explorations. And over 2,000 years of history make it an intriguing destination made for the curious mind.
Once the host grounds of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, Maria Luisa park now stands as a lush paradise of verdant lawns, palm trees, and pristine ponds. From Lawrence of Arabia to the Star Wars franchise, Plaza de España has played a role in film history throughout the years and through many genres.
Oct 05Gibraltar, UK
Arrive: 2:30 pm Depart: 11:00 pm
Perched on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula between Europe and Africa lies the famous Rock of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Steps, once a military path, now act as a pedestrian walkway for visitors that seek a challenging adventure that leads to rewarding panoramas. Atop the promontory the 300 Barbary macaques, Europe’s only wild-monkey population, greet you and await their feeding.
Down in the Neolithic limestone caves of Gibraltar, where Europe’s Neanderthal ancestors once lived, stalactites and stalagmites tell the story of thousands of years of history. Among this system lies St. Michael’s Cave, where the residents of Gibraltar turned the natural formations into an event auditorium where the staging’s lights cast an ethereal glow against the rocks for a truly magnificent show.
Oct 06Puerto Banus (Marbella), Spain
Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 8:00 pm
Puerto Banus (Marbella), Spain
Located along the Costa del Sol of southeast Spain, Puerto Banús promises a tropical climate made for both adventurous explorations and laid-back relaxation. Just a few short miles east of the port lies the summer-paradise city of Marbella. It’s here you find the most Ferraris in all of Europe and some of the best golf courses for a luxurious getaway made for the discerning traveler.
Spain cuisine is famous for its tapas, and when in Marbella and Puerto Banús, gambas al pilpil (garlic prawns) are the go-to appetizer. Served in garlic, chili, and sizzling olive oil, this simple but mouthwatering dish makes an impression even on the most judicious tastebuds.
Oct 07Malaga, Spain
Arrive: 8:00 am
The Spanish city of Málaga along the Mediterranean’s Costa del Sol combines the simple, cosmopolitan feel with the quiet sleepiness of local fishing villages. A dive into the past starts with the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, its ancient stones creating the path that leads to Alcazaba Castle. When the sun goes down, the party starts at Plaza de la Constitucion. Energy thrums through the city streets as the residents come out for the night. Make your way to Granada to visit the famous Alhambra Palace, an outstanding example of Moorish architecture that attracts travelers from all around the world.