Braemar, Authentic Andalusia Closer Cruise ex Southampton Return

EU West & Atlantic Islands

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13 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

13 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

By bringing you closer to the heart of four fabulous cities, to really get under their skin, Braemar helps you to discover the very best of breathtaking Andalusia. Docking in the centre of Seville, you’ll be enticed into exploring the region’s captivating capital, to seek-out attractions such as Alcázar Palace, the UNESCO-listed gothic cathedral and 16th century Casa de Pilatos. For a taste of authentic local flavours and culture, you could sample traditional cuisine at your pick of the tapas bars, and even catch a performance of sultry Flamenco, with a chance to learn the moves from a Bailaora too.

Elsewhere, your discovery of Spain’s beautiful southernmost region takes you to Cádiz, on the sun-kissed Atlantic Coast, for a chance to take in the city’s charming Old Town and many historic delights, or tour to nearby Jerez – ‘sherry capital of the world’; and Malaga, overflowing with aesthetic and artistic treasures from the Picasso Museum to the magnificent, Moorish-style Alcazaba Fortress. You’ll also get to unravel the rich maritime heritage of Lisbon, amongst its many landmarks and monuments; and not only taste the Portuguese capital’s famous egg custard tarts, but learn how to make them too. With your smaller ship docking closer to heart of the action in each destination, you’ll find it easy to embark on rewarding, in-depth explorations.

Highlights of this cruise:

Lisbon, Portugal
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological
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Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don't miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.

Cádiz, Spain
Cadiz, one of Europe's most ancient cities, hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz's fascinating Old Town district features huge stone walls from the 1500s and is home to a wealth of historic highlights, including the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.

Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).

Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals.

Avilés, Spain
The Spanish city of Avilés in the north-western province of Asturias, is steeped in history and architectural gems just waiting to be discovered. A former maritime and farming town, the scenic city of Avilés is now one of the country’s most important industrial centres.

The city centre remains stylish and easy to navigate, with plenty of high street stores, pretty cafes and a number of museums and galleries to visit, while the Old Town quarter is Aviles’ finest feature.

Largely pedestrianised, the Old Town consists of several historic squares and plazas, interlinked by a series of pretty boulevards from centuries past. The collection of stunning historic buildings includes the Camposagrado Palace, the Palacio de Valdecarzana – Avilés’ sole example of civil medieval architecture – plus a number of outstanding Gothic churches such as San Nicolás and San Francisco.

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