You Choose Your Cruise Mediterranean
Every vote counts on this very special cruise! You and your fellow, like-minded guests on board Black Watch have the chance to create a unique itinerary, choosing between a selection of attraction-packed islands and cities in Portugal and Spain. Will you ‘steer your ship’ to a few old favourites, or perhaps places you haven’t visited before? Remember, the power is in your hands.
After setting sail from Liverpool the first decision to make is whether to visit Portugal’s picturesque capital or enchanting second city. [ReadMoreMob]Lisbon offers architectural wonders such as Bélem Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, adorable historical districts and cafés serving delicious Pasteis de Bélem egg custard tarts. Oporto, reached on tour from Leixoes, is renowned for its Baroque churches, fortress-like cathedral and locally-produced port wine.[ReadMoreDesk] Then it’s on to Spain and the choice of two Andalusian delights – Cádiz and Malaga. Vote for Cádiz and you could explore this ancient city’s wonderful old quarter and sample traditional tapas; or tour to Jerez for sherry and equestrian art. Opt to visit Malaga and you’ll be presented with a wealth of attractions, from the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle to the Picasso Museum. A restful Sunday at sea follows, allowing time to contemplate your next port of call. Choose to guide Black Watch to Barcelona, where the world-famous highlights of the Catalan capital – such as Las Ramblas and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia – await; or to Tarragona, boasting sites including Amfiteatre Romà and a Paleochristian Necropolis.
The following day you’ll discover beautiful island scenery and historical highlights galore, no matter which destination is chosen. Pick Ibiza to learn more about the lesser-known side of this famed ‘party island’, with chances to venture into the UNESCO-listed Old Town here; or Mallorca, where Palma’s centuries-old streets make for a wonderful stroll in the sunshine. Your penultimate port of call will be the ancient city of Cartagena, or classical Alicante on the Costa Blanca. Perhaps Cartagena’s attractions will tempt you into a day of exploration; a medieval castle, Roman amphitheatre and striking Modernist buildings are among many impressive sites here. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to unwind, Alicante’s wide sun-bathed esplanades, friendly cafés and sandy beaches are sure to appeal. Finally, this unique adventure brings you to the Galicia region of northern Spain. Choose between Vigo, with its delightful Old Town; or La Coruna, for highly recommended tours to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela cathedral.