Spain, Portugal & Madeira
While friends and family back home endure a cold, gloomy start to 2020, you’ll be visiting charming, attraction-packed cities and a beautiful, sun-soaked island. With chances to enjoy rewarding explorations of each destination on your itinerary, while enjoying soothing winter warmth, you’re sure to kick-off the New Year in style.[ReadMoreMob]
In Spain, La Coruña makes for a fantastic first stop on your itinerary. Head ashore and explore this Galician gem and you’ll be presented with an array of architecture and famous landmarks; be sure to take in the pretty facades of Maria Pita Square and the ancient Torre de Hercules. La Coruña is also your gateway to the incredible, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Continuing south, Black Watch diverts to the Portuguese port of Leixoes. [ReadMoreDesk] You’ll be docked just a short distance from Oporto, so the highlights of Portugal’s second city are within your reach. Head to Oporto for pretty, pastel-fronted houses, fine neo-classical and baroque-style architecture, and world-famous port wine cellars found within the city’s historic heart. You could enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Douro aboard a traditional Rabelo boat during your time in Oporto too.
Stopping overnight call in Madeira will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. Your ship will dock at Funchal, the Madeiran capital, from where you could go in search of botanical gardens such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, and immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and sweet scents of native flora. The unique levada walking trails, which showcase some of Madeira’s most beautiful landscapes, are yours to explore too; while you also have a chance to visit the remarkable Cabo Girão – the world’s second highest sea – cliff for unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views. Whatever you choose to do, your time on the ‘Garden Island’ is sure to be unforgettable. Back on the Portuguese mainland, Lisbon – the charming capital city – is packed with fascinating museums, adorable historic districts and impressive, centuries-old monuments such as the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. See the sights on foot, via the tram, or even take a ride on a Tuk Tuk for a unique experience. However you choose to explore, be sure to visit Pasteis de Belém to sample one of the world-famous egg pastries.