Cruises from Spain will take you all around this vibrant and beautiful country and to other European hotspots. Barcelona, the crown jewel of Spain for cruisers, is where cruise ships depart from. Sail to the northern shores of the country, where Basque culture runs deep and medieval history looms large. On the southern coast, cruises stop at ports featuring sandy beaches, grand palaces, and cliff-top villages. Depending on your cruise itinerary, you could also sail to coastal destinations in Italy, France, and the Mediterranean’s most desirable vacation spots.
In Spain, you’ll find some of the world’s most innovative and beautiful building designs. The intrigue doesn’t stop at architecture, though. From world-class museums and handcrafted tapas to the vineyard and olive groves that line the countryside, Spain is full of art and beauty.
Spain is home to spectacular architecture and historic ruins, some of which have been excellently preserved. Seeing the eclectic and awe-inspiring architecture of Gaudí can’t be missed when in Barcelona.
Bar hopping and tasting tapas is one of the quintessential things to do in Spain. From patatas bravas (fried potatoes served with a spicy sauce) to calamari (fried squid), you’ll have many delectable options to choose from. Tapas are best when shared with friends and family over conversation and drinks.
Costa del Sol refers to the long sandy coastline along Spain’s southern shores, stretching from Malaga to the west through the Andalucia region. It is known for its soft sands lined with beach loungers and the crashing surf of the blue Mediterranean. Step inside one of the many beach bars and restaurants to refuel.
In addition to being a port of call full of delicious cuisine, one-of-a-kind architecture, and bustling shop-lined streets, the city of Barcelona is a busy homeport for cruise ships. Many of our ships that cruise from Barcelona go beyond Spain to other exciting Mediterranean regions. From Barcelona, you’ll typically cruise around the southern side of Spain, or set sail toward the southeast to stop at cruise ports in Italy.
The ports of call you can visit in Spain include Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Bilbao, Cartagena, Ibiza, Valencia, Vigo, Seville, Palma de Mallorca, and La Coruna.
Experience the best parts of Spain and its regional culture when you take shore excursions during your Spain cruise ports of call.
One of the best ways to experience the architecture of Antoni Gaudí is on a guided walking tour to his most famous sites. You’ll learn the history behind the designs from an expert while admiring Barcelona’s pretty tree-lined streets and squares along the way.
Spain is filled with energetic, celebrated cities. To better understand their unique cultures, architecture, and ways of life, book a city tour excursion. Depending on your cruise itinerary, you can tour Seville, Valencia, Alicante, and Barcelona.
Take a shore excursion to one of Spain’s gorgeous palaces or castles. Alhambra Palace is a sought-after site to see due to its grand Moorish architecture and can be visited from the port of Malaga. In Alicante, journey to the Medieval castles of Briar and Villena. The fortress-like Conception Castle will impress while in Cartagena.
Discover the island side of Spain with ports of call in Ibiza or Palma de Mallorca. Along with gorgeous beaches and secluded bays, both islands’ main cities are bursting with clubs, dancing, and an energetic vibe, plus an array of delicious restaurants and shopping opportunities.
Before embarking on cruises from Spain, it’s helpful to understand the different regions you’ll be visiting and the dialects spoken in each. For example, Barcelona is part of the Catalonia region. Many people who live in this region speak Catalan as their main language instead of Spanish. You’ll find that the Catalan culture influences other aspects of the region as well, from cuisine to music. While in Bilbao, you’ll be in the heart of the Basque region, which also has its own language and cultural differences.
Our cruise itineraries to Spain embark during summer and shoulder seasons (late spring and fall). Summertime visitors should expect hot weather and pack lightweight clothing. If you’re traveling during shoulder season, you’ll likely still have warm weather, but you should bring a few warmer clothing pieces that are easy to layer.
If your cruise ends in Barcelona, you may want to consider doing a City Stay. Our City Stay program provides you with three days to explore Barcelona after you disembark. You’ll stay in luxurious accommodations right in the heart of the city. In addition, you’ll get a half-day guided tour to see and learn all about Barcelona’s sites. Your stay also comes with an evening guided tour and a multi-course dinner. You can add extra excursions during your stay, or simply spend your free time exploring Barcelona at your leisure.