Magic of Spain
Palma Cathedral, Palma, Majorca
Malaga, Costa Del Sol, Spain
Alley of palm trees, Alicante, Spain
Step onboard Marella Discovery 2 and embrace the magic of Spain on an unforgettable cruise around the Western Mediterranean. Find yourself in a fishing village in Portugal, admiring the pastel-coloured architecture in Lisbon, or walking down a palm-lined promenade in Alicante.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Palma, Majorca
Your Magic of Spain cruise has a late departure time, so if you book an early flight, you can do some sightseeing around Palma, your cruise’s departure port. The transfer time from the airport to the port is less than a 20 minute drive and transfers are included in the price of your cruise.
Palma has it all: a beautiful beach, an intriguing history and a reputation for great food. Get a taste of what Palma has to offer at Mercado Gastronómico San Juan, the Gastro market in an old abattoir. There are 17 stalls offering anything from burgers to oysters and champagne.
The beach, Playa C’an Pere Antoni, is close to the centre of town, so pop on your swimsuit and visit one of the beach clubs, such as Anima Beach.
Day 2 – At Sea
Today’s the day to kick back and enjoy the best facilities Marella Cruises' Western Mediterranean sailings provide. Head down to the sports deck for a game of table tennis with the kids or take to the rock climbing wall. If you need some rest and relaxation, lie by the pool or go for a gentle swim.
Enjoy lunch in Islands, where you can help yourself to the extensive buffet. Then drop off your children at Kids' Club (or let your teens go socialise at the Hide Out), and admire the views from Bar Eleven. Savour some adult time with a complimentary cocktail. As the evening draws in, watch a movie at the open-air cinema on Deck 9.
Day 3 – Portimao, Portugal
Time in Port 08:00-18:00
If you like shopping, you'll love this stop in Portimao. It has some of Portugal’s best shopping opportunities, both in the town centre and at nearby retail centres, like Aqua Portimao.
Soft, white sand awaits on Praia da Rocha, a 1.5km beach backing onto a red and yellow limestone cliff. You could travel to Alvor, a fishing village with a sheltered lagoon, perfect for kitesurfing. Or take a ‘seafari’ and seek out the dolphins swimming off the Algarve.
Day 4 – Lisbon, Portugal
Time in Port 08:00-16:00
There's so much to do in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. Built on seven hills, the city is home to many unique landmarks, such as the Torre de Belém, an imposing tower. And check out the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a sculpture stretching 52m tall, overlooking the Tagus River estuary.
Catch the city’s iconic Tram 28, and head to the Alfama District. It's home to the old city walls, Lisbon’s cathedral and the Thieves Market, where you can pick up souvenirs to take home.
Day 5 – Cadiz (for Seville), Spain
Time in Port 10:00-19:00
Day 5 of your Magic of Spain cruise takes you to Cadiz, a Moorish city with a one-of-a-kind cathedral designed by Vicente Acero. It’s also where you can take an excursion to the charming city of Seville, boasting Moorish architecture, flamenco dancing and traditional cuisine. Book on a tapas tour and enjoy learning about the city as you wander through the streets, stopping to sample authentic tapas.
Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the enormous Seville Cathedral. It has 80 chapels, housing thousands of pieces of artwork and relics.
Day 6 – Malaga, Costa del Sol
Time in Port 08:00-17:00
Soak up the sun as you explore the capital city of the Costa del Sol. Take a tour and see Gibralfaro Castle, built in the 10th century, which sits on a hill overlooking the city, along with Alcazaba, a Moorish fort.
Or branch out to the Alhambra Palace, in nearby Granada. This impressive golden-red fortress sits among green trees with a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Day 7 – Alicante, Spain
Time in Port 10:00-18:00
The magic of Spain is alive and well in the lively city of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca. As you sail into port, you’ll see the Castle of Santa Barbara, the largest medieval fortress in Spain, towering high above the city.
Meander around the old quarter, and explore the baroque cathedral and the Town Hall. Then head back to your ship via the Explanada de España, the city’s impressive marble-tiled promenade, which will take you down to the marina.
Day 8 – Palma, Majorca
You’ll arrive back in Palma for your flight home with special memories of your cruise around the Western Mediterranean, having experienced the magic of Spain. If time permits before you need to head to the airport, stroll through the forest to Bellver Castle and take a few panoramic photos of the city and water below.