Delve into the sights, sounds and tastes of traditional Spanish culture in the sizzling south.
Some of Spain’s most famous traditions, such as tapas and flamenco, originated from its southern reaches. The former battleground of Muslim and Christian rulers, the Andalusia region, owes much of its charm to a colourful past. You could spend days marvelling at the ornate churches that used to be mosques, and sprawling Moorish palaces like the Alcazar in Seville and Alhambra in Granada. And then there’s the food – Andalusian staples like fried fish and spinach with chickpeas are simple yet bursting with flavour. Cruising the warm Mediterranean waters that surround the south lets you delve into this glorious culture while taking advantage of sunny beach towns and lesser-known gems that line the coast – all with a glass of local sherry in hand, naturally.
Our cruises in Spain
Highlights of Spain
Soak up sun and history in Seville
The capital of Spain’s Andalusia region has a quiet, old-world charm to it. Famous for its impossibly beautiful architecture, tapas and flamenco, Seville is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Take your time strolling historic streets, sampling local specialties in the city’s many tapas bars and exploring architectural treasures such as the Alcazar or Plaza de Espana.
Uncover Granada’s Moorish roots
Granada’s Moorish heritage in ingrained in the fabric of the city, from atmospheric teterias (teahouses) serving Moorish pastries to the labyrinth of tiny alleys, whitewashed houses, cafes and flamenco bars in the historic Arab quarter. But the jewel of the Moorish legacy is without a doubt Alhambra, the stunning UNESCO-listed palace complex.
Musuem-hop in Malaga
This vibrant port town is an emerging cultural hub with museums and art galleries seemingly at every corner. Its ‘Mile of Art’ features a well-regarded contemporary art centre as well as museums dedicated to Picasso and Carmen Thyssen among others. Malaga also boasts chic boutiques, a stellar food scene and proximity to some pretty fantastic beaches.
Excursions and Experiences
- Ponder how Christopher Columbus managed his first voyage across the Atlantic while touring replicas of his boats at Wharf of the Caravels, a maritime museum in El Rabida.
- Some cities are best viewed on foot – get to know Seville’s sights and history on a guided walking tour.
- Stop in Jerez, the sole sherry-producing region in the world, to sample their signature drop.
- Explore Granada’s glorious Alhambra palace with a local guide who will help you fully appreciate the architectural and historical significant of this World Heritage site.
- Take a trip to the eerily beautiful Nerja Caves and explore nearly five kilometres (three miles) of impressive stalactites, stalagmites and Neanderthal cave paintings.