Discover Morocco, Porto and Lisbon Cruise
The best way to visit southern Spain, Portugal and Morocco
The Discover Morocco, Oporto and Lisbon cruise takes off from the port of Malaga, an Andalusian city that flourishes under the watchful eye of the famous Gibralfaro Castle. It boasts outstanding landmarks including its main Alameda promenade, located next to the sea. Its status as capital of the Costa del Sol makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain for many reasons, such as its pleasant climate practically all year round, its extensive beaches and its unbeatable range of leisure and entertainment options.
Among the most important places in Malaga is the Alcazaba, which, besides being one of the city's iconic landmarks, is also one of the biggest Arab fortresses in Andalusia. As you stroll through the heart of Malaga you can also see wonders like the Roman Theatre, the Bullring, which is popularly known as La Malagueta, and the city's beautiful historic quarter, which features buildings like the cathedral, in the authentic Renaissance style, the Town Hall and the Plaza de la Merced.
Later, after exploring this key southern Spanish city, your Pullmantur cruise takes you to Morocco, specifically to the cinematographic city of Casablanca. Located in the west of the African country, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, this metropolis has an interesting and complete range of tourist activities that will no doubt leave you delighted. While visiting the city, make sure to visit locations like the Hassan II Grand Mosque, a pharaonic work that was completed, thanks to the collaboration of all Moroccans, in 1993. The Mosque boasts a great prayer hall that can hold up to 25,000 faithful, and its interior is really splendid, decorated with lots of marbles, tiles and precious woods.
Porto and Lisbon: the two grand cities of Portugal
After your first contact with Moroccan territory, we'll had to Porto, located in the north of Portugal. The country's second most important city after Lisbon, the capital, has great tourist appeal due to its charming, antique look and its characteristically Atlantic landscapes. In spite of recent rehabilitation efforts, the appearance of the urban centre has hardly changed over the years. It is an instantly recognisable area, and the historical centre of Porto, known as the Ribeira District, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Porto is home to charming landmarks that will leave you pleasantly surprised by the city's grandeur and refined aesthetics. One great example is the Avenue of the Allies, located in the heart of the city and full of modernist buildings, including the Town Hall and Liberty Square, the most important transit point in Porto. Don't miss out on other monuments, such as the Church of the Clérigos, Rua das Carmelitas, the Church of Saint Ildefonso, which has a peculiar facade decorated with hundreds of blue and white tiles, and Rua Santa Catarina, one of the main commercial arteries.
Without leaving Portugal, this Pullmantur cruise next heads to Lisbon, the amazing capital and one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Western Europe. It is a destination that perfectly combines traditional heritage with striking modernism. In addition, it boasts a rich and varied history, lively nightlife and a magnificent climate area-round. Its main tourist locations are spread amongst different neighbourhoods: Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Bairro Alto, Belém and Parque de las Naciones. In all of them you can find museums, traditional Portuguese markets, viewpoints with amazing panoramic views of the city, and the characteristic elevators.
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Tangier, the city of the five senses
Finally, before returning again to Malaga, you will have the opportunity to return to the African continent, this time traveling to the city of Tangier. It appears as a bustling city located in the extreme north of Morocco, and it has grown at an unbridled pace in recent decades while still retaining its cosmopolitan character. All the city seems like a large amphitheatre overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar, very close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Undoubtedly, Tangier stands out for its strategic location, its recognizable history and the extensive amenities offered to tourists.
Although it is one of the largest cities in North Africa, Tangier can be easily explored on foot. Among all that there is to see in Tangier, the old town or Medina stand out. It starts at the port and runs uphill, towards Ville Nouvelle, a neighbourhood that was built by Europeans during the twentieth century and which is home to the Place de France. Within the walled area of Tangier you will find countless alleys full of bazaars and shops with local products, and strolling about you'll uncover the beauty of the area.
When you find yourself walking about Tangier, make sure to visit the Great Souk or April 9, 1947 Square, which has been remodelled and is a great place to observe the lively life of the city. Another option is to visit Mendubia Park, where you can relax and enjoy this haven from the hustle and bustle, or the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1880. The Cervantes Theatre, a modernist building, built in 1913 by Diego Jiménez, and the Marshan neighbourhood, which stands out for its picturesque streets and facades, are two additional must-see sites.