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Cruises from Barcelona are a popular choice when it comes to booking a holiday, as they start in one of Europe's most iconic and memorable cities. As well as a wide choice of sailings, you'll find great flight options making it an easy city to get to, to start your cruise.
The majority of cruise lines offer a selection of itineraries which embark from the city of Barcelona and explore many exciting ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. At certain times of the year, you'll also find transatlantic cruises from Barcelona, taking in a number of coastal and island highlights before arriving in the USA.
Barcelona is home to some of the greatest works of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, most famous of which is his unfinished masterwork La Sagrada Famila (Church of the Sacred Family). A visit to this World Heritage Site is a must and worthwhile also for the fact that your entrance fee will help to fund its completion. Other tourable Gaudi sites are Casa Batllo and Guell Palace.
Barcelona's quaint Gothic Quarter offers a showcase of captivating Roman and medieval architecture as well as some excellent shopping and dining options. Guell Park is another World Heritage Site and a fascinating place to explore. The brainchild of industrialist Count Eusebi Guell and designed by Gaudi, the park is an unfinished garden city with some interesting landmarks and spectacular views of Barcelona.
As well as boasting world-beating architecture and a host of cultural experiences, Barcelona city also offers beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife.
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Fly-cruises from Barcelona offer the opportunity to explore this captivating city before or after your cruise. You have the option to extend your stay in Barcelona with a hotel stay for a few nights. Our cruise concierge team will be happy to provide a quote for this when you call us. Choosing flights a few days before or after your cruise may even work out cheaper, making a cruise and stay holiday excellent value for money.
Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona call at a large number of destinations, which vary depending on which cruise line you book with. Popular ports of call include Palma de Mallorca in Majorca. With its walled city, the Old Town is a fascinating place to explore, while the city's cathedral is not to be missed.
Malta's historic port capital Valletta offers many historic maritime attractions, while Sicily's key port city of Messina is another well-visited port of call, where the Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock is a must-see.
Civitavecchia meanwhile, is your gateway to the many wonders of ancient Rome and the treasure of the Vatican. Marvel at the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and take your pick from a host of beautiful churches and cathedrals, such as the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi and San Giovanni in Laterano.
Athens is another of the world's most historic cities which is yours to explore from Barcelona and is of course, home to the mighty Acropolis, home to the ruins of a number of iconic temples and buildings, such as Parthenon and Erechtheion.
Dubrovnik in Croatia is another key port, where the beautiful Old Town, listed as a World Heritage Site, is a joy to explore and the Ancient City Walls offer fantastic views across the region.
You can embark on a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona, visiting such ports as Cadiz in Spain, an ancient town with a strong maritime tradition and a home port for the Spanish Navy. Climb the Torre Tavira tower for a commanding view of the city. Madeira's capital Funchal is a city which knows how to take it easy, and you'll love exploring its streets and finding out more about the local wines and crafts.
The real-life paradise Nassau in the Bahamas is another popular transatlantic cruise port, where visitors will find beaches and reefs galore to enjoy, while the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil offers its fair share of glorious beaches too, and of course iconic must-sees Sugarloaf Mountain and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer.
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