Embark on a grand voyage to Spain, Morocco and Portugal

5th October 2017

In addition to Star Clipper’s regular itineraries within the Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Caribbean and Far East Asia, Star Clippers also operates a series of grand voyages. These journeys will see you travel to a range of exotic destinations – some of which do not feature on other itineraries.

This autumn offers the chance to try one of these grand voyages for yourself, with a 12-night sailing to some of the most impressive cities and islands throughout Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Departing out Cannes on the 21st October 2017, the Royal Clipper will take passengers to well-known destinations, as well a few hidden gems as you travel towards the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. This week, we take a look at some of the highlights you can expect to enjoy on this unmissable itinerary.

Bonifacio | Corsica

Bonifacio

Following departure from the iconic French Riviera city of Cannes, you will sail in a southward direction toward the island of Corsica. A number of historic buildings sit atop of a dramatic cliff, while a bustling marina makes for a pleasant stroll. The old town will guide you on a journey through irregular streets and medieval town houses that will pursue your intrigue. Whilst wandering through the old town, try to keep an eye open for impressive sites including the fully operational 16th-century drawbridge, surviving fortifications from 16th century, and the 12th-century church.

Mahon | Menorca

Mahon

Menorca is the second largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands and offers an impressive collection of golden beaches. Many of these are located a short distance away from the island’s capital of Mahon, which is where you will dock during your visit. Mahon offers plenty to see and do, with an impressive harbour creating a perfect setting within which to relax with a coffee, while the town centre is home to an array of 18th-century Georgian-style buildings.

Granada (via Motril) | Spain

Granada

Granada is the capital of Spain’s Andalucia region and is a real hidden gem. It's rich offering of culture and history will lead you on a trail of intrigue, with many cathedrals, palaces and plazas providing an insight into this impressive city. One of the most impressive landmarks, however, is the Alhambra – which was built in 889AD as a palace and fortress. Despite serving many purposes throughout history, it was originally built on Roman fortifications as an Islamic palace and reflects the historical Muslim influence in Spain.

Marrakesh (via Safi) | Morocco

Marrakesh

Marrakesh is one of the most iconic cities in Morocco, offering an impressive collection of landmarks and a maze of souk marketplaces. Sitting at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this bustling city offers plenty to see and do, as well as a few calmer places in which to admire the history and culture. For authentic insight, there really is no better place to go than the souks, which reflect the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Morocco – and you may even be able to bargain on some local souvenirs. Alternatively, you could head to one of the many significant landmarks including the Koutoubia Mosque, El Bahia Palace or the Saadian Tombs – which were not discovered until the early 20th century.

Lisbon | Portugal

Lisbon

Much like Rome, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon is another city to have been built on seven hills. This vast city has much to see and offer, so one of the best ways to appreciate it all is to take a ride on one of the traditional trams. Constructed between 1936 and 1947, these trams offer a chance to enjoy a unique glimpse of the city’s landmarks. Alternatively, you can head directly to the city centre and admire the architecture for yourself or enjoy a quieter atmosphere in one of the many insightful museums.


Although the Mediterranean cruising season may be drawing to a close, there are still plenty of opportunities available for a tall ship sailing throughout the winter period. To find out more, contact Star Clippers via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.

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