From the Mediterranean to the Canary Islands
A Pullmantur cruise that you will fall in love with from the very start
As you sail from the Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic ocean on board this cruise departing from Barcelona, you will discover natural environments and varied architectural forms of great artistic value, both in Spain and in Africa. This cruise has been prepared especially for those cruise holidaymakers who love nature and open-air buildings, because its main features are beaches and architecture.
Barcelona is a city that you cannot visit just one time in your life. It is the second most important city in Spain and always surprises visitors with the beauty of its buildings, including its museums, palaces and churches. Its streets bear the marks of the maestro Antonio Gaudí and it has plenty of green spaces that are bound to delight you, like the Parque Güell or the mountain of Montjuic. Because it is a city on the sea, it also has a long seafront promenade where many luxurious boats are moored, and a port for the best cruise ships in the Mediterranean.
When you are a tourist in Barcelona, make sure you don’t miss the other highlights of the city, which means of course the Sagrada Familia, which is an emblem of the city and its most visited monument, the Casa Batlló, the most famous work of Catalan Modernism, La Pedrera, with its curious chimneys in like soldiers, and the market of La Boquería, which occupies an area of around 2,500 square metres and still retains its characteristic iron roof, which dates from 1914.
Tangier and Casablanca, an impressive architectural heritage to explore
On the third day of the Pullmantur Mediterranean to Canaries cruise, you will see the architectural splendour of Tangier, the most visited city in the northernmost part of Morocco. You should not miss the Medina, because it has been declared a World Heritage Site for the beauty of many of its parts and the fact that it has been preserved almost intact from the time it was build, centuries ago. There is also another area worth exploring to the south of the Medina, called Beni Iddeer, where you can find the Nahón synagogue, the American Legation and the Hebrew Cemetery.
Another essential visit is to the Alcazaba or Casbah, the highest area of the Medina. It is a remote walled fortress built for defensive purposes but which is now a district of narrow streets and enormous charm. This is where you will find the Dar el Markhzen Governor’s Palace, a buildings whose beautiful courtyards and well-tended gardens are deserving of a photograph or two.
On the next day, this Pullmantur cruise will take you to Casablanca, whose most outstanding architectural feature is the Hassan II Mosque, the third largest in the world. The cathedral of the Sacred Heart, built in a Neo-gothic style, is also an interesting place to visit, because while it clearly follows the line of other Gothic European cathedrals, it also contains elements that are unmistakeably Art Deco.
Nature and transparent waters on the beaches of the Canary Islands
After a calm day’s sailing, you will arrive at Lanzarote, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The island has a spectacular environment, with striking landscapes and a rich variety of local flora and fauna. The centre of the island is its most interesting part in terms of its Geology and scenery, the National Park of Timanfaya. The broad beaches of Lanzarote will also surprise you, especially those of Papagayo, Las Conchas and Famara. Famara is particularly recommended for fans of surfing and windsurfing.
Another of the islands included in this Mediterranean to Canaries cruise is Fuerteventura, which is the island closest to the north coast of Africa, at a distance of only 100 km. The main tourist attractions of the island include Mount Tindaya, which was regarded by the native population as having magical properties, its thirteen protected natural areas, its long beaches where you can practice many different sporting activities, and its excellent theme parks, such as, for example, Baku in Corralejo, or the Oasis Park in La Lajita, which are ideal for spending a day out with the family or with friends.
Gran Canaria is another stop on this Pullmantur cruise. Besides its important historical, cultural and artistic heritage, which includes the cathedral of Canaries and the House Museum of Christopher Columbus, you can also explore its nearly 60 kilometres of beach. Finally, if you decide to add an extra night to your holiday, the last stop is Tenerife, one of the best-loved islands in the archipelago. The National Park of Teide is its central point, being the highest peak in Spain and the third in the world. The Anaga Rural Park, the Teno Rural Park and the largest water park in Europe (Siam Park) are also great places to visit.