If you're planning a cruise that includes stops in Spanish ports you'll be wanting to plan your time in port. Below we've put together a series of port guides covering all the main cruise ports. Each guide describes the main information you'll be looking for regarding the port itself then goes on to make suggestions as to how you'd be best spending your limited time in port. I hope you find the information useful.
Barcelona is Europe's busiest cruise port. Passengers should visit the Sagrada Familia and other masterpieces of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. A trip to Montserrat is the most popular shore excursion.
There's plenty to pass the time in the historic city of Malaga and nearby but many cruise passengers prefer to take a day trip to the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada, the "Jewel of Moorish Spain".
Vigo is the best place in Spain for seafood tapas served with exceptional wines from Galicia. The most popular day excursion is to the historic city of Santiago de Compostela.
Redeveloped for the 2007 America's Cup, Valencia Port is a popular destination on Western Mediterranean cruises. Visitors should visit the historic city and the City of Arts and Sciences.
Located in Murcia on the south-east coast of Spain, the seaport of Cartagena has grown in popularity on Western Mediterranean cruise itineraries thanks to its historic attractions.
The new cruise terminal in Getxo to the north of Bilbao allows passengers to discover the beautiful Basque Country. Visiting the Guggenheim Museum is the highlight of a day in port.
Standing in the shadow of a 16th century medieval castle, the Port of Alicante on the south-east coast has rapidly become one of the country's most visited cruise destinations.
The city of Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the holiday island of Mallorca. Its cruise port now ranks as the 3rd most visited in the whole Mediterranean region.