Relax together on a Med Cruise

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Travelling can be stressful and sometimes you just want to take it easy for a few weeks. That’s why taking a Cruise should be part of anyone’s travels. If you’re globetrotting with a spouse, it’s also a great way of spending some quality time together and getting some serious relaxation time in. Mediterranean itineraries are ideal as you are more or less guaranteed scorching sunshine and beautiful views.

Of course, once you’ve had a day of massages, swimming in the pool, sunbathing and sipping cocktails, the next day you’ll be docking into your next port of call. So make the most out of your destinations and explore them at your own pace. Here are some ideas to get you going.

Barcelona

If you want to carry on topping up that tan in Barcelona, Barceloneta Beach is perfect for parking your towel and sipping on a mojito. Culture vultures: there’s plenty to see here. Take a tour of Gaudi’s UNESCO status work by visiting Park Guell, Sagrada Familia basilica and Casa Batlló. His fascinating, intricate, colorful and quirky architecture adds to the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Football fans will want to take a tour of Camp Neu, home to the world’s best football team FC Barca. Here you can take a tour of the stadium and get a photo standing on the infamous pitch. You can get around the bustling streets on an easy-to-use tour bus, a hired scooter or even a hired Segway.

The Expiatory Temple of La Sagrada Familia is one of the best known examples of Catalan Modernisme and a symbol of the city of Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia is the most famous sight in Barcelona.

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Vigo

Situated in the Northwest of Spain, Vigo is a port city that is a popular port of call for cruises. It is small enough to walk around on foot and you should make your way to the Casco Vello old town. Here you can stroll around the cobbled streets, call in at the quaint shops and sit down for a drink at the Praza da Constitución. Parque do Castro is a nearby green space with a reconstructed 3rd-century Castro de Vigo and Castelo do Castro. Visit the Sea Museum to have fun at its aquarium and to learn about the city’s history with its surrounding waters.

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Malaga

Malaga is thoroughly modern and historical in equal measure. Sit down for a meal, hit the shops and stop off for a cocktail, then make your way around its fascinating landmarks. Art fans will want to visit the Museo Picasso Malaga, which houses 204 works of the famous artist who lived here. To really take a leap back in time, Alcazaba is an 11th-century Moorish fortress set in lush green surroundings, calling to be explored. If all you want to do is take a relaxed stroll, the Jardín Botánico La Concepción is a pretty, large scale garden to walk around, 4 km outside of the city center, save your feet and make the most of your time and take a taxi there, you are on holiday after all!

On a cruise you can be as laid back or active as you want to be, so set your own pace and enjoy sharing the experience with a loved one. 

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