Cultural Highlights of Southern Spain

25th Oct 2020 12 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2030
Adult only sailing Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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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. 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

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.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.