Barcelona is one of our favourite ports of call- a very clean city, wonderful sights to see and delicious food. We came several days early to have more time in our embarkation city. This is a city that it is easy to explore - both on foot and with the HoHo buses.
One of my personal favourites is visiting Poble Espanol. One can easily spend 5 or 6 hours there - exploring the beautiful little streets and buildings, visiting the shops, watching glass being blown or tasting wines, enjoying tapas or in the evening visiting the Flamenco show there.
For great views go up in the elevator to the top of the Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) statue and look out over the city. It is fun strolling around the Gothic Quarter. The metro system in the city is very easy and inexpensive to access. When near the bottom of Las Rambles - stop in at the market La Boqueria for some delicious fruit or Catalan chocolate.
Lisbon is another beautiful city and the trip up the Tagus River to dock is a lovely experience. Coming off ship there are always 'taxis' offering to give you tours around the city. Keep in mind that if they are not the metered taxis you are going to pay a lot more. We shared a 'taxi' to the center of the city where the total cost was â‚¬15 for the ride. Returning to ship later it only cost us â‚¬5 to cover the same distance in a metered cab.
We have been to Lisbon several times before so were just strolling around the central squares this time. When in Lisbon - don't miss seeing the Belem tower, the Henry the Navigator statue, the Jeronimos monastery, and the Maritime museum all handy to the ships' docks. There is a Moorish quarter to explore and the center of the city as well as going further afield to see Sintra and the marvellous Pena Palace. The latter two require a tour - either ship or private - but well worth the visit to see them.
I missed this tour but my husband went on it and this is his impression of it. A group of 12 had got together on the CC rollcall for a trip to Seville from Cadiz (our port of call). We were picked up by a 36 seat bus for a very comfortable trip to Seville. Once there we were met by a guide who spoke fluent English and taken to the main sights of Seville such as the Alcazar and Seville Cathedral. After visiting the Cathedral, we were taken on a tour of the Jewish Quarter and treated to tapas and a drink by the tour guide in a local cafe. All in all it was a three hour walking tour plus the journey to and from Cadiz and extremely enjoyable and very good value for money.