Cultural Highlights of Southern Spain

25th Oct 2020 12 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2030
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
Cartegena, Spain Cartegena, Spain
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person

Visiting a string of stunning, culture-rich destinations, you’ll find there’s so much more to southern Spain than sun, sea and sand on this enriching voyage. A collection of architectural treasures, fascinating historical sites and cultural highlights await, showcasing the authentic side of some of the most beautiful and diverse Spanish regions and cities.

A call at the ancient Andalusian city of Cádiz signals the start of a memorable three-day exploration of Spain’s sunlit south coast. [ReadMoreMob]While the golden-sand beaches of Cádiz’s glorious Atlantic shoreline are always tempting, the city’s historic centre reveals the richest rewards. Among the pretty streets and squares, you can marvel at majestic monuments, such as the Torre Tavira watchtower and the 18th century cathedral, and indulge with delicious local flavours at traditional tapas bars. [ReadMoreDesk]Continuing east, the diverse attractions of Malaga – another coastal Andalusian gem – are yours to uncover too. From the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress to the Picasso Museum, celebrating the life and works of Malaga native Pablo Picasso, there are many sights and highlights to savour, though again you might be tempted inviting beaches of the Costa del Sol. Alternatively, you could opt for a tour to Granada – home of the magnificent Alhambra Palace – or the picturesque mountaintop city of Ronda. 

Your time on the southern Spanish coast concludes in Cartagena, renowned for its Roman heritage and architecture. The medieval Castillo de la Concepcion, Roman amphitheatre and Bateria de Castillitos, offer an immersive insight into this Murcian city’s incredible history, while Modernist buildings designed by the pupils of Antoni Gaudi add to the extensive lift of impressive sites here. After Cartagena, you’ll also have a rare chance to sample a slice of Spanish Morocco, with a visit to Melilla. A delight for sightseeing, Melilla – a multicultural Spanish exclave located on the Moroccan coast – boasts Spain’s second-largest collection of Modernist marvels, a striking Medieval fortress, beautiful parks and palm-lined boulevards. To cap-it-all off, as you head for home, Black Watch diverts to the Portuguese port of Leixões for tours to Oporto, where a mix of glorious riverscapes, world-famous port wines and an UNESCO-listed historic centre make for one final day of rewarding city exploration.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.