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Lisbon to Barcelona

Cruise Line: Silversea
Ship: Silver Wind
Date: 23 September 2017
Duration: 7 nights
Ports of call: Lisbon | Portimao | Cadiz | Malaga | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona
Cruise Only Fly Cruise
Suite £4,900 £CALL

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Bar Bar
Beauty Salon Beauty Salon
Boutique Boutique
Card Room Card Room
Casino Casino
Connoisseur’s Corner Connoisseur’s Corner
Internet Cafe Internet Cafe
La Terrazza La Terrazza
Launderette Launderette
Le Champagne Le Champagne
Library Library
Observation Lounge Observation Lounge
Panorama Lounge Panorama Lounge
Pool Bar & Grill Pool Bar & Grill
Pool Deck Pool Deck
Reception Reception
Restaurant Restaurant
Spa Spa
Show Lounge Show Lounge
Silver Wind Silver Wind
Fitness Centre Fitness Centre
 
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Lisbon
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city open to the sea and carefully planned with 18th-century elegance. Its founder is said to be the legendary Ulysses, but the theory of an original Phoenician settlement is probably more realistic. Known in Portugal as Lisboa, the city was inhabited by the Romans, Visigoths and, beginning in the 8th century, the Moors. Much of the 16th century was a period of great prosperity and overseas expansion for Portugal. Tragedy struck on All Saints' Day in 1755 with a devastating earthquake that killed about 40,000 people. The destruction of Lisbon shocked the continent. As a result, the Baixa (lower city) emerged in a single phase of building, carried out in less than a decade by the royal minister, the Marques de Pombal. His carefully planned layout of a perfect neo-classical grid survived to this day and remains the heart of the city. Evidence of pre-quake Lisbon can still be seen in the Belém suburb and the old Moorish section of the Alfama that sprawls below the Castle of St. George.
Lisbon is a compact city on the banks of the Tagus River. Visitors find it easy to get around as many places of interest are in the vicinity of the central downtown area. There is a convenient bus and tram system and taxis are plentiful. Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon since medieval times, is an ideal place to start exploring. After a fire destroyed parts of the historic neighborhood behind Rossio in 1988, many of the restored buildings emerged with modern interiors behind the original façades.
The city boasts a good many monuments and museums, such as the Jeronimos Monastery, Tower of Belém, the Royal Coach Museum and the Gulbenkian Museum. High above the Baixa is the Bairro Alto (upper city) with its teeming nightlife. The easiest way to connect between the two areas is via the public elevator designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Cruising up the Tagus River to the ship's berth, you can already spot three of Lisbon's famous landmarks: the Monument to the Discoveries, the Tower of Belém and the Statue of Christ, which welcomes visitors from its hilltop location high above Europe's longest suspension bridge.
Sat 23 Sep 2017 Sat 23 Sep 2017 17:00
2 Portimao, Portugal
Located on the estuary of the Arade River, Portimao has made its living from fishing since pre-Romans times. Today a sprawling port and a major sardine-canning centre, the town is also a base for the construction industries generated by the tourist boom.
Although summer is the busiest time of the year, the mild climate of the Algarve and many sunny winter days attract multinational tourists in all seasons, coming here to visit historical sites, playing golf, strolling along the river boulevard or exploring the many shopping opportunities. Stunning rock formations and warm seawaters make the beaches particularly alluring. The most beautiful on the entire coast is Praia da Rocha, the first one of several Algarve resort developments. Its wide expanse of sand is framed by jagged sea cliffs and the walls of an old fort that once protected the mouth of the Arade River.
From Portimao, explorations can be made along the coast all the way to Cape St. Vincent, Europe's most westerly point, and inland to Lagos and Silves, once the residence and capital of the Moorish kings.
Sun 24 Sep 2017 08:00 Sun 24 Sep 2017 22:00
3 Cadiz, Spain
Cadiz defies most expectations of a port city thanks to its Andalusian character, with whitewashed houses lining narrow streets that lead into lovely squares. The magnificent baroque cathedral and impressive mansions were built with the gold brought back from the New World. Cadiz's modern-day treasure lies 30 minutes to the north in the rolling hills of Jerez. Here the production of the liquid gold, as the famous sherry is often called, ensures a booming economy. Jerez is also home to some of Spain's most prestigious horse breeding farms.
Mon 25 Sep 2017 08:00 Mon 25 Sep 2017 19:00
4 Malaga, Spain
Situated on Spain's Costa del Sol, Malaga is the region's capital and a popular holiday destination. The city is known as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and for the sweet Malaga dessert wines that come from the hilly vineyards just outside of town. Other points of interest include impressive Gothic architecture, the remains of a Moorish castle and several interesting museums. A pleasant town to explore, Malaga also serves as a popular starting point for trips to Granada and resorts along the Costa del Sol. Granada and the famed Alhambra are the region's most outstanding attractions. Here, magnificent Moorish palaces and fortifications contrast sharply with Christian churches from Spain's significant era of the 1492 Reconquest, in which King Ferdinand put an end to eight centuries of Moorish rule. Other worthwhile destinations from Malaga include such well-known resorts as Marbella and the white village of Mijas, located on the hillside above the coastal towns of Torremolinos and Fuengirola.
Tue 26 Sep 2017 08:00 Tue 26 Sep 2017 19:00
5 Cartagena, Spain
Wed 27 Sep 2017 09:00 Wed 27 Sep 2017 18:00
6 Valencia, Spain
Valencia is Spain's third largest city and capital of the region. It was originally founded by the Romans on the banks of the river Turia in 138 BC. In 711 AD the Moors arrived and converted the area into a rich agricultural and industrial center, establishing ceramics, paper, silk and leather industries. Muslim rule was briefly interrupted in 1094 by the legendary Castillian knight, El Cid. Valencia boomed in the 15th and 16th centuries, becoming one of the strongest Mediterranean trading centers.
Valencia is a vibrant, friendly and chaotic city that boasts an outstanding fine arts museum and one of the most exciting nightlife scenes in Spain. The city center is about 3 miles inland from the coast. Plaza del Ayuntamiento marks the center of Valencia. Surrounded by flower stalls, it is also home to the town hall and the main post office. The cathedral was begun in the 13th century and finished in 1482. It has many architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque. The octagonal bell-tower, called Miguelete, is one of the city's landmarks. The small cathedral museum boasts a tabernacle made from 550 pounds of gold, silver, platinum, emeralds and sapphires. It also purports to be the home of the Holy Grail, the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.
West of the cathedral is the oldest part of the city, known as El Carme. Situated across the river in the Jardines del Real is the Museo de Bellas Artes, the Fine Arts Museum. Works include those by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez.
Thu 28 Sep 2017 08:00 Thu 28 Sep 2017 18:00
7 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya as well as Spain's second largest city. Dominated by Montjuic, Vallvidrera and the Tibidabo Hills, sophisticated Barcelona is rich in ancient and modern architectural and artistic treasures. Many talented artists, sculptors and architects lived here, including Picasso, Miró, Mares and Barcelona's best-known architect, Antonio Gaudí.
Fri 29 Sep 2017 08:00 Fri 29 Sep 2017
8 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya as well as Spain's second largest city. Dominated by Montjuic, Vallvidrera and the Tibidabo Hills, sophisticated Barcelona is rich in ancient and modern architectural and artistic treasures. Many talented artists, sculptors and architects lived here, including Picasso, Miró, Mares and Barcelona's best-known architect, Antonio Gaudí.
Sat 30 Sep 2017 Sat 30 Sep 2017
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