Memories of Barcelona’s youthful energy, Catalan traditions, squid-ink paellas, and Gaudi, Picasso, and Miró masterpieces fade as we thread the Strait of Gibraltar, sights set on Cadiz.
Overnight in this sun-drenched Spanish siren to wander the sinuous streets and climb to the cathedral for views of Europe’s oldest city before journeying the short distance to Seville, with its staggeringly pretty Plaza de España and Venetian-style bridges, and Jerez, for flamboyant flamenco, fine sherry and fried-fish tapas from the freidurías.
We sail past the Algarve’s soaring ochre cliffs to Portugal’s wilder west coast and Lisbon, the mighty Targus, our waterway leading to the city’s seven hilltops and storied wine country. Hugging the Costa del Sol, Malaga rises like a vision.
On our springboard to Andalusia, we might explore Granada and the Moorish Alhambra palace, Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral and Roman Bridge, or Marbella’s starry marina in the shadow of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Homes at Sea – EXPLORA II
EXPLORA II, the second ship of the Explora Journeys fleet, sets sail in 2024, opening possibilities of new discoveries, and offering you the opportunity to immerse yourself in exciting, inspiring destinations on your journey to the Ocean State of Mind.
On board, you can expect vibrant, cosmopolitan relaxed European luxury at sea. EXPLORA II offers 461 ocean-front suites, penthouses, and residences designed to be ‘Homes at Sea’ with private terraces and sweeping ocean views; an unparalleled choice of 18 restaurants, bars, and lounges, each its own celebration of global talents and cultures; four swimming pools, extensive outdoor decks with private cabanas, and refined onboard entertainment and enrichment.
For a true sense of rejuvenation, Ocean Wellness offers the gift of physical and spiritual renewal, from a profoundly calming spa inspired by the ocean’s natural forces to a modern fitness space full of cutting-edge equipment.
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