Cruise The great Atlantic crossing
Cross the Atlantic in a unique manner with Pullmantur
The Atlantic Ocean is a huge natural barrier that separates the Americas from the European continent, and it is the world's second largest body of water, surpassed only by the Pacific Ocean. In addition, throughout history the Atlantic has been the natural divider that highlighted the separation between the so-called Old and New World, an important point of cultural and commercial exchanges. In this sense, it is presented as the perfect setting for the development of Pullmantur's Great Atlantic Crossing cruise, which begins in the Spanish Mediterranean.
While on this cruise you will have the perfect opportunity to visit important destinations in Spain, Cape Verde and Brazil. Visit some of the area's main cities and islands, including places like Barcelona, Alicante, Tenerife, Mindelo and Recife. You can come on this adventure and experience either an 11 or 12 night journey, depending on whether you decide to opt for boarding in the Catalan capital or in the port of Alicante, in the province of the same name in the Valencian Community.
Take on this unique opportunity to travel through the waters of eastern Spain, discovering the most iconic Mediterranean landscapes, visiting some of the most charming corners of Tenerife, the most famous and internationally recognized of the Canary Islands and, as the culmination of this comprehensive cruise, immerse yourself in the cultural scene in the Atlantic cities of Mindelo and Recife, two urban icons of Cape Verde and Brazil.
Barcelona, Alicante and Tenerife: the union between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
Pullmantur's Great Atlantic Crossing cruise has the option of beginning in Barcelona, the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, a unique city that is, without any doubt, synonymous with modernity, design and cinema, all mixed with large doses of tradition and a deep cultural roots. Among the most important landmarks in Barcelona are its famous Ramblas boulevard, the Sagrada Familia church, the architectural project initiated by the genius Antonio Gaudí in 1883, and which is still under construction. Also worth visiting: the Gothic Quarter, the Casa Batlló and the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, one of the greatest exponents of Catalan Gothic architecture, which dates back to the 15th century.
Our next stop is in the Valencian Community, specifically in the city of Alicante, an authentic jewel on the Costa Blanca that is famous for its wide variety of tourist-friendly activities, good weather practically all year round, and astounding Mediterranean landscapes. A visit Alicante implies interaction with landmarks like the Santa Bárbara Castle, Carbonell House, the Central Market and the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. Take them in as you delve into the essence of two of the best celebrations in Alicante: the Bonfires of Saint John and the Moors and Christians Festival.
Afterwards, discover Tenerife, the largest island on the Canarian archipelago and one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. We'll check out its capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, home to landmark sites like the Plaza de España, Plaza de la Candelaria, the Palace of the Charter and the Church of the Conception, one of the most characteristic temples of Canary Islands, built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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Cape Verde and Brazil, the perfect end to your Pullmantur cruise
In the course of the following days you will arrive in Cape Verde, at the port city of Mindelo, which is located in the northern part of the island of Saint Vincent (São Vicente). It is the second largest city in Cape Verde, just after the capital of Praia. In recent years, it has become increasingly important and become the country's cultural capital due the wide range of events and leisure activities it offers year-round. When it comes to tourism in Mindelo, you should not miss out on a visit to Porto Grande Bay, the Monte Cara mountains, the Ribeira Julião river and the Laginha beach, located in the northern part of the city.
Pullmantur's Great Atlantic Crossing cruise comes to an end in the Brazilian city of Recife, the capital of the State of Pernambuco. The city was founded in 1537 and has the title of being the oldest capital in all of Brazil. As soon as you land in Recife you can take part in a wide range of recreational and cultural activities suited for all audiences. Moreover, the city stands out because of its architecture, and boasts high glass skyscrapers that mix with the natural landscape typical of the Atlantic coast and the wide network of canals that runs through the old town. It is because of these canals that Recife is known as the Brazilian Venice.
Tourism in Recife happens 24 hours a day. During the day, you can enjoy some of the city's best beaches, full of colourful coral reefs, which are located to the south of the metropolis. During the night, do not forget to be part of the intense Recife nightlife, full of bars and clubs that are located in its urban core. In this sense, Recife boasts a complete tourist infrastructure, perfectly suited to attend to the comfort and entertainment of its visitors.