Spain & Portugal with the Seville Fair
With Braemar bringing you closer to five captivating cities, you’ll have chances to immerse yourself in the quintessential cultures, customs and traditions of Spain and Portugal. A host of highlights will be within walking distance of your ship’s docking location in each destination, including the annual Feria de Abril festival in Seville – the pièce de résistance of this incredible 12-night cruise.
Spending two days in Seville at one of the best times of the year to visit the stunning Andalusian capital will be simply unforgettable. Unlike larger ships, smaller-sized Braemar can sail the beautiful Guadalquivir River straight into the city and dock close to the enchanting Parque de Maria Luisa and iconic Plaza de España, so you’ll be in the heart of the action here. Splendid attractions such as the Real Alcázar and the grand, UNESCO-listed Gothic Cathedral are within easy reach of your convenient docking location, though the highlight of your special extended stay is sure to be Seville’s spectacular annual festival. You can soak up the jubilant atmosphere of Feria de Abril with the friendly locals and watch horse-drawn carriages and flamenco dancers parade through the streets and squares. Be sure to be back on board Braemar on the final night of the festival to enjoy unspoilt views of the spectacular midnight fireworks display – an experience to remember for years to come. [ReadMore]
Elsewhere in Spain, you’ll also dock close to the heart of charming Cádiz and laid-back La Coruña. In Cádiz, a typically Andalusian ancient maze of narrow cobblestone streets, alleys and picturesque squares await your exploration; on foot you can seek-out highlights such as Torre Tavira, Plaza de España and traditional tapas bars. Alternatively, opt to tour to nearby Jerez, for delicious sherry and fantastic equestrian art. La Coruña is a delight for sightseeing too; a compact Old Quarter, impressive promenade and plethora of landmarks – including the iconic Torre de Hercules – are among many attractions here. This Galican gem is also your gateway to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela cathedral. On the Portuguese leg of your adventure, Braemar will bring you closer to two cities that are sure to delight. There’s Lisbon, the picturesque Portuguese capital, with its quaint backstreets, fascinating museums and impressive maritime monuments; and Oporto, on tour from Leixoes, where you can explore the enchanting second city’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and visit world-famous port wine cellars.