Spain & Portugal Cruise Holidays

Think Spain and Portugal only offer beaches and blue skies? Think again.
The coastline is your gateway to a sprinkling of spectacular Spanish and Portuguese cities and you’re in for a treat. Those seeking variety from their holiday will love Spain and Portugal cruises which contrasts fishing villages with ornate cities and an eye-watering mix of architectural styles.

Escape to Spain & Portugal on a cruise holiday

Each iconic site offers unforgettable experiences, where past and present play out in a lively mix of architecture and anything-but-everyday life. From proud local traditions to gastronomic delights, we pick some of the best reasons to explore these incredible countries in Spain and Portugal.

Selection of Spain and Portugal Ports

Barcelona, Spain

The Catalonian capital of Barcelona is a feast for the senses. Get amongst the action in the labyrinthine Gothic Quarter, the buzzy Las Ramblas or in the 860 food stalls of one of Europe’s largest markets, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria.

Cadiz, Spain

With 3,000 years of history up its sleeve, you’d expect Cádiz to have lots to offer visitors. And you’d be right: the compact Andalucían city charms with its narrow streets full of flower-decked Moorish-style houses and wide, sandy beaches.

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is the largest city in Spain’s beautiful Basque region. For a dose of history and architecture, stroll the narrow streets of the old quarter and admire such sites as the arcaded Plaza Nueva and the Gothic Catedral de Santiago.

Lisbon, Portugal

Northern Portugal may be the culinary heart of the country, but Lisbon is proud to be the home of the country’s most famous pastry: the sweet, creamy and utterly delicious pastéis de nata (custard tarts).

Gijon, Spain

Gijon boasts a lovely seaside setting in the centre of Asturias with its own unique and delicious gastronomy. The region has a fascinating collection of museums, sculptures, architecture, beautiful plazas and peaceful gardens.

Malaga, Spain

From its perch on the Costa del Sol, Malaga triumphs when it comes to beaches. Benalmádena has 10km of them to choose from, ranging from quiet coves to lively areas packed with activities.

Collection of Spain and Portugal Ports

Valencia, Spain

Vibrant Valencia is famous for food and fun, and it doesn’t disappoint on either front. Gastronomes are certainly in the right place – this is the home of paella and horchata, after all.

Cartagena, Spain

With a newly developed harbour, impressive Modernist architecture and fabulous food, Cartagena is cementing its spot on Spain’s tourist trail.

Vigo, Spain

Vigo, mainland Spain’s westernmost city, is a scenic port with a rich maritime and gastronomic culture. Ruá de Pescaderia (fish street) is a must for seafood lovers – it’s where you’ll find Vigo’s famed women oyster sellers.

Alicante, Spain

The main city and cruise port on Spain's Costa Blanca, Alicante is built around a natural harbour. It has a sophisticated Mediterranean feel with its restored old town adding to its charm and the attraction of its sandy beaches.

Porto, Portugal

If you’re visiting Porto, you won’t go hungry. The city is famed for its food thanks to the wonderous array of fresh local produce available from the land and sea.

La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna is one of those small Spanish towns that exudes understated charm. From laidback holidaymakers to culture seekers, the Spanish port of La Coruna has something for everyone.

Reasons to visit Spain and Portugal on a cruise holiday

Spectacular Ports

The coastline is your gateway to a sprinkling of spectacular Spanish and Portuguese cities and you’re in for a treat. Those seeking variety from their holiday will love Spain and Portugal which contrasts fishing villages with ornate cities and an eye-watering mix of architectural styles.

Food and Drink

Spain and Portugal have a reputation for delicious food with a bounty of fresh seafood and top-grade local beef on its doorstep. You’ll find a wide selection of local dishes and streets lined with fashionable bars and restaurants

Beautiful Beaches & Coastlines

If you think a family sun holiday means a bucket-and-spade resort break, think again. Spain and Portugal are rightly famed for their abundant sunshine and sandy shores. Beachgoers are spoilt for choice, with a huge range of beaches and a stretch of sand to suit every whim.

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Explore ashore our favourite Spain & Portugal cruise ports

Take a look at some examples of our curated shore experiences, offering you the chance to try something new, connect with local culture and discover a different side to Spain & Portugal.

Discover Spain & Portugal on board your favourite ship

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