Islands of the Mediterranean
Sail to the Mediterranean in the spring and let Balmoral be your guide to discovering sun-kissed Spanish, French and Italian islands where charming towns and cities, stunning beaches and some of the region’s most spectacular unspoilt scenery awaits your discovery.
After a short stop in the pretty port city of El Ferrol, Ibiza – one of Spain’s most popular destinations – is the first of a string of Mediterranean islands on your itinerary. Take time to discover Ibiza’s UNESCO-listed Dalt Vila Old Town, or the famous salt flats of Las Salinas and you’ll find there’s much more to this ‘party island’ than the renowned nightlife. From Ibiza it’s on to Barcelona, a cosmopolitan Catalan city boasting an abundance of world-class attractions. Be sure to take in Las Ramblas and the architectural wonders of Gaudi, including the iconic Sagrada Familia, before your Mediterranean island hopping adventure continues on the French island of Corsica. Breathtaking coastline and countryside smothered with forests, mountains and rivers is yours to explore, with Balmoral calling into Ajaccio. Take a tour to marvel at the spectacular gorges of Prunelli, where huge granite cliffs plunge into the Prunelli River; or alternatively stay in the city to explore the life of Napoléon Bonaparte – an Ajaccio native – at several superb museums. [ReadMore]
Your ship will then sail to two sophisticated Italian islands, calling first into the Sardinian city of Olbia. You’ll find inviting stretches of smooth, soft white sands as well as a few historic highlights such as the beautiful 11th century Basilica of San Simplicio. Opt to head out of Olbia and you could marvel at the Dantesque granite landscapes of the unusual Moon Valley; or even sample the glitz and glamour of the Costa Smeralda resort. In Palermo – the capital of Sicily – you’ll encounter a picture book of attractions, including the Royal Palace, the Cathedral and Teatro Massimo. Further along the coast you’ll find the charming fishing village of Cefalù. Returning to Spanish shores, the delights of Mallorca will await you. Palma’s labyrinth of pretty streets is joy to explore; although you might prefer to take a memorable scenic journey aboard a vintage train to Soller instead. After rounding off your island adventure in style, the historic city of Cádiz and Lisbon – the attraction packed Portuguese capital – beckon before you sail back to Southampton.