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31 October - 1 November
Setting sail from Seville
Seville is a wonderful destination, a sophisticated and sun-kissed city on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. It's a treat for all the senses: the smell of orange blossom, the heart-tugging sounds of flamenco, the taste of tapas enjoyed in a bustling bar... The architecture is another big draw, from Roman ruins to grand Baroque edifices with Moorish flourishes, and the highlight of the calendar is undoubtedly Semana Santa, when a spectacular Easter parade fills the streets and accommodation gets booked up months in advance.
The crumbling, sun-baked seafront city of Cádiz is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the western world, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC. Although the city lacks any obvious landmarks, it’s rich in atmosphere, and plays host to one of Spain’s most colourful carnivals.
Marrakech is an incomparable assault on the senses, not least amongst the drummers, storytellers and snake charmers of the famous Jemaa El Fna. It’s a place to get lost in the souks, admire the astonishing architecture of the Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque, or escape the hustle and bustle with a refreshing mint tea.
Bustling and modern, fizzing with industry and commerce, Casablanca is often overlooked in favour of Morocco’s better known tourist draws. But then this is part of its appeal: it’s an authentic and unvarnished city, and it’s also home to the spectacular modernist architecture of the Hassan II Mosque.
After years of neglect, Tangier is finally being restored to its former glory as a cosmopolitan crossroads between Europe and Africa. The Moroccan government has invested heavily in modern infrastructure, while the spruced up medina shines with a new-found cultural dynamism.
Arriving in Málaga
Málaga has at times had its reputation dragged down by association with the overdevelopment and high rise horrors of the Costa del Sol, which is a great shame, as there is plenty to satisfy the discerning traveller. The labyrinthine historic centre is right next to the cruise port, and has been given something of a makeover in recent years. Nowadays there are plenty of chic restaurants and bars where you can ease into the rhythms of life in southern Spain, before exploring sights including the intriguing, unfinished Gothic cathedral, and a museum devoted to Málaga's most famous son, Pablo Picasso.
Málaga closes for siesta so plan your visit to ensure you have scheduled a long relaxing lunch. Plan for an extensive tapas tasting, or great seafood a little way down the coast at El Palo.
Your home from home
A comfortable home from home, the Aegean Odyssey is the perfect size for in-depth exploration.
What we love
Providing a relaxed atmosphere the Aegean Odyssey reaches smaller bays and out of the way coves, all of which help provide a focus on the destination.
|Style||Classically elegant, but far from stuffy and formal.|
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Where to stay in Málaga
We love the Málaga Gibralfaro Parador, in the old quarter with views over the harbour.
Travel north to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, an unmissable example of Moorish architecture in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.