Journey through the Western Mediterranean on a grand voyage

4th August 2017

Throughout each year, all three of the Star Clippers vessels operate itineraries within a particular region of the world – taking passengers to a range of destinations within the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, Caribbean and Southeast Asia. The elegantly-designed Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper vessels offer a chance to experience a bygone era of sailing, while their smaller size also provides an opportunity to visit a range of smaller and less-accessible destinations.

Every year, Star Clippers also operates a series of Grand Voyages – which often incorporate a number of regions and can take you to a wider range of destinations. The Spain, Morocco & Portugal itinerary, which departs in October this year, will see passengers travel out of Cannes on a 12-night journey to destinations including French islands, the Balearic Islands, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. This week, we take a closer look at why this should be your autumn cruise of choice in 2017.

Bonifacio | Corsica

Bonifacio

Bonifacio is one of the most dramatic locations in all of Corsica, with a protected harbour that contains a modern marina. Impressive cliffs line the coast and are as impressive to admire from the sea as they are to stand upon and look out. The Haute Ville, otherwise known as the old town, will lead you through a maze of narrow streets to an interesting array of architecture.

Balearic Islands

Mahon, Menorca

The Balearic Islands feature among the most popular destinations for British holiday makers and it is easy to see why. Vast beaches, friendly locals and charming towns all await your exploration on the islands of Menorca and Ibiza. You will visit the Menorca capital of Mahon, which is home to an array of Georgian buildings, while there are many additional aspects of this island which will pursue your intrigue. Mahon is the birthplace of mayonnaise and it was also where gin was distilled from juniper berries for the first time.

Ibiza is widely renowned for its beaches and you will have plenty of time to soak up the sun during your visit to this tranquil island. As well as beaches though, visitors can also enjoy a range of interesting landmarks including an old town and a range of natural coves.

Motril | Spain

Granada

Situated in the region of Andalucia, the town of Motril offers the stunning coastline of the Costa Tropical combined with the impressive backdrop of the Sierra Lujar Mountains. There are two main beaches here that you can enjoy including the Playa Poniente and the Playa Granada. Alternatively, you can embark on an optional excursion to the city of Granada – which is home many fabulous churches and cathedrals, as well as the magnificent Alhambra.

Morocco

Marrakesh

This grand voyage incorporates a tour of Morocco, providing an opportunity to visit a wide range of cultural towns and cities. The first destination on the list is the charming fishing port of Safi – where visitors can admire and purchase locally-made pottery. Alternatively, passengers can also embark on an optional tour to the iconic city of Marrakesh – where a combination of sights, smells and sounds will guide you on a truly mesmerising journey of the senses.

Interestingly, Tangier was used as a model for the famous American film, Casablanca, but today this city offers visitors an interesting blend of African, European and Moroccan. Prior to this, you will have the chance to visit the real Casablanca – which has, over time, merged the cultures of France, Arabia and Africa. It is well worth admiring the exterior of the huge Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in the world.

Cadiz | Spain

Cadiz

Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and is often referred to as one of the most ancient cities still standing. Founded by Phoenician sailors around 3,000 years ago, it was quickly established as a commercial stronghold. Archaeological remains from this era can be found dotted throughout the city’s old town to this day. A visit to the cathedral is an absolute must, while a climb to the top of the North Tower offers mesmerising views over the area.

Lisbon | Portugal

Lisbon

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is where your cruise comes to an end, but this city certainly should not be overlooked. Prior to heading home, take some time to wander the city streets and ride one of the charming funiculars or a traditional tram to the higher reaches of Lisbon. It is worth visiting some of the city’s most impressive architectural masterpieces including the Castelo de Sao Jorge, Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery.


For more information about the full range of traditional sailings available with Star Clippers in 2017 and 2018, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.