Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
San Carlos Garden
There’s more to this historic garden than shady elms and blooming flowers. History buffs will appreciate the monument honoring and tomb of Scottish general Sir John Moore, who died in 1809 defending the British against Napoleon’s forces. There’s also a memorial tablet dedicated to 172 British officers and men who met their fate aboard the Serpent, a warship that sank off Cape Villano, down the coast.
Church of Santa Maria del Campo
Completed in 1302, this Romanesque church in the old city has a beautifully carved door and a diminutive bell tower. Step inside to see its intricate rose window, as well as a collection of religious artworks from the 12th to 15th centuries.
Museum of Archaeology and History
This museum is set inside the 16th-century San Antón Castle—which occupies its own island linked to the mainland by a causeway. In the archaeology section, look out for well-preserved regional Cícere metalwork and a gold-finished Leiro helmet; other exhibition spaces are dedicated to city history and medieval sculpture.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.