7-Night Palma de Mallorca to Malaga 9.23.24
STRAY FROM THE BEATEN PATH
Stops in ports like Cartagena, Alicante and Almería bring you to destinations less traveled. Find your way to the Alicante Central Market to sample delicious, local seafood, produce, meat and other Spanish delicacies. Discover the Tabernas Desert of Almería, the setting of many Hollywood Westerns of the 1960s and 70s, with a late night in port. From this port, you can also venture to the famous Alhambra Palace of Granada, as well as the UNESCO-listed Albayzín. Departing late from Ibiza, head to the Ses Figueretes boardwalk at sunset amid a background of painters, performers and food vendors. Explore the Caves of Hercules near Cap Spartel just outside of Tangier’s city limits.
7-Night Palma de Mallorca to Malaga 9.23.24
Sep 23, 2024 / 7 nights
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Sep 23 Palma de Mallorca, Spain Depart: 6:00PM
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
You know you have arrived in Palma de Mallorca, a major city of the Balearics of Spain, when you are met with majestic limestone cliffs plunging into glimmering blue water. On shore, its rich history is evident in its wonderful buildings, castles, and cathedrals. Take in the landmark Gothic cathedral, La Seu, with its enormous rose window and its wrought-iron canopy over the main altar designed by famed Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí. Go for a run or bike ride along the seaside promenade that connects Palma de Mallorca to the neighboring villages of Portitxol and Es Molinar. Beyond the city, explore the lush Sierra de Tramuntana Valley, the island’s major mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sep 24 Ibiza, Spain Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 10:00PM
Dalt Vila, also known as Ibiza Town, is one of the Balearic’s most picturesque cities and a fabulous place to wander around. It’s home to an old port and historic city ramparts and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island of Ibiza has some of the most beautiful and well-known beaches in the Mediterranean, including Ses Figueretes and Playa D’en Bossa. Wherever you choose to swim or sunbathe, you will find inviting clear blue waters and golden sands lined with beach bars. For a more relaxing excursion, head toward S’Espalmador, a small, uninhabited island between Ibiza and Formentera.
Sep 25 Alicante, Spain Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
The area surrounding Alicante has been inhabited by people for more than 7,000 years, starting with the first tribes of hunter-gatherers of the region. Visit the Plaza de San Cristobal in Alicante’s Old Town where buildings dating back to between the 15th and 18th centuries display an array of architectural styles that show the city’s evolution. Overlooking the famous Playa del Postiguet, the Castillo de Santa Bárbara on Mount Benacantil offers exquisite views. Find your way to the Alicante Central Market to sample delicious, local seafood, produce, meat and other Spanish delicacies.
Sep 26 Cartagena, Spain Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Along the south of Spain on the Mediterranean coast sits Cartagena, founded in 227 BCE and inhabited for more than two millennia. From the 2,000-year-old Roman theater to the ARQUA Marine Archaeology Museum, it’s a place rife with stories for the curious mind to dive into. Driving down dirt roads about 30 minutes outside of Cartagena, you find yourself at the tip of Cape Tiñoso, where the impressive Batería de Castillitos resides. Bring yourself back to the present with shopping, bars, cafes and restaurants on Calle Mayor. While Cartagena only has one beach, Cala Cortina, it’s an oasis jewel located within a tiny cove.
Sep 27 Almeria (Grenada), Spain Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 10:00PM
Almeria (Grenada), Spain
With so much to see in the Andalusia region of Spain, Almería is often overlooked. But it holds an enchantment all its own, with fairytale castles amid colorful modern buildings. On Cabo de Gata Natural Park you find a spectacular beach of unspoiled sands and blue water with a backdrop of sand dunes, cacti and mountains. About 30 kilometers northwest of Almería you also find Desierto Tabernas, Europe’s only desert and setting of the famous Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood. Discover a local eatery in the quaint fishing town of Garrucha to sample the port’s famous red prawns, fresh-caught from the harbor.
Sep 28 At 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
Sep 29 Tangier, Morocco Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
A Moroccan port in the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier has acted as the connection between Europe and North Africa since Phoenician times. It’s also a less-traveled port, so it offers a more authentic feel to city life in Morocco. Wander the medina to lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets leading to the Grand Socco marketplace. The Kasbah Museum, the old sultan’s palace restored to its former glory, contains a dazzling array of detailed maps, mesmerizing courtyards and signature Moorish architecture. Explore the Caves of Hercules, near Cap Spartel just outside of Tangier city limits.
Sep 30 Malaga, Spain Arrive: 8:00AM
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.
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