Western Med with the French Riviera
As the cold, wet weather of the British autumn sets in back home, you’ll be enjoying the warmth of Mediterranean Spain and the glorious Côte d'Azur. There’s more to your holiday than October sunshine though; a string of stylish destinations offer plenty of attractions, from glamourous resorts and glorious beaches to a plethora of historical and architectural delights.
With its wonderful climate, stunning scenery and inviting golden sands, Gibraltar is the perfect place to begin your escape from Britain’s autumn gloom – although the unmistakably British shops and red pillar-boxes are sure to remind you of home. [ReadMore]Perhaps take a panoramic tour here to see the sights, followed by afternoon tea at a hotel on the iconic ‘rock’. Black Watch will then sail to the Spanish city of Cartagena. You’ll be spoilt for choice of attractions here; the medieval castle, Roman amphitheatre and Bateria de Castillitos are among many highlights. A morning arrival at Monaco follows, signalling the start of a wonderful weekend on the luxuriant French Riviera. This glitzy principality – the world’s second smallest country – is renowned for its luxury hotels, casinos, palaces and yacht-packed marinas; enjoy ample time to discover it all. A full-day stay also affords you opportunities to walk part of the famous Formula One Grand Prix Circuit; or even see the Prince of Monaco’s impressive car collection at the Top Car Museum.
Then, after a short overnight sail, you’ll arrive in Cannes for another authentic taste of the Côte d'Azur. Your Sunday here is sure to be relaxing and rewarding; perhaps you’ll choose to uncover the grand art nouveau buildings of the elegant Boulevard de la Croisette, including the iconic Carlton Cannes Hotel, or wander the charming Le Suquet Old Quarter, perched on Mont Chevalier. Stunning beaches and a picturesque harbour await too. Returning to Spanish shores, a call into the incredible Catalan city of Barcelona will offer an abundance of memorable sights and experiences. A stroll along bustling Las Ramblas is highly recommended, while the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia is well worth a visit. Don’t miss the city’s collection of remarkable Gaudi architecture, including the magnificent Sagrada Familia. Finally, after visiting Palma de Mallorca to sample Mediterranean island life, you’ll stop at charming Cádiz. Enjoy a day here discovering highlights such as the Old Town, the cathedral and fascinating Archaeological Museum before heading for home.