Cruising around Spain & the perfect Paella


Are there any Cruises around Spain?

Of course there are! Furthermore, cruising around Spain is a perfect option for those who like to explore multiple destinations on one holiday. Discover all our Cruises around the Mediterranean where ports in Spain are very popular due to the great options Spanish cities offer. From fantastic wines and cuisine to marvellous beaches and activities, Spain is always a perfect choice.

So, whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Barcelona, soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Costa del Sol, or immersing yourself in the rich history of Granada, there’s so much to see and do. Not to mention the real need to indulge in some delicious tapas and sip on a glass of sangria while you’re there!

Which are the most popular cities when Cruising around Spain?

There are many popular cities in Spain that you might visit while going on a Cruise around Spain. To mention a few, you have these enchating cities below where you will find rich history, cultury, cuisine and wines.


Explore the iconic architecture of Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló. Wander through the historic streets of the Gothic Quarter and relax on the beaches of Barceloneta.


Visit the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences and stroll through the historic streets of the Old Town. Don’t miss trying the famous Valencian paella.


Visit the Guggenheim Museum to see its stunning architecture and contemporary art collection. Explore the charming Old Town and enjoy delicious pintxos (Basque tapas). And don’t miss visiting the famous Guggenheim Museum, famous for its spectacular architecture and innovative design.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilabo

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, by the River Nervion


Experience the enchanting beauty of the Alcázar palace and gardens, and marvel at the stunning architecture of the Seville Cathedral and Giralda tower. Enjoy an authentic flamenco show in the evening.


Explore the breathtaking Alhambra palace complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the winding streets of the Albaicín neighbourhood and savour the flavours of Andalusian cuisine.

Costa del Sol, Malaga.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Marbella, Fuengirola, and Torremolinos. Explore the charming coastal towns of Nerja and Mijas Pueblo.


Discover the rich maritime history of this ancient port city, and wander through its picturesque streets lined with colourful buildings. Enjoy fresh seafood at the local markets.

Cadiz, Andalusia

the City of Cadiz, in Andalusia

Remember when cruising round Spain to immerse in the local culture, try regional cuisine, and embrace the laid-back Spanish lifestyle. As a matter of fact, each city and region has its own unique charm and attractions, so take your time to explore and enjoy your cruise around Spain!

One of the best ports in Spain to sail from is Barcelona but Valencia or Palma are also great ports to embark from due to the great connectivity with UK airports. Find out more about the best embarkation ports in the Mediterranean here.

A Taste of Spain – Preparing a perfect Paella

In addition, when cruising around Spain you might have a change to try the most famous Spaish dish. Paella is a classic and is as versatile as it is delicious. Here’s a traditional recipe for seafood paella if you want to have a go!


Spanish famous dish, Paella


  • 2 cups Spanish short-grain rice (such as bomba or Calasparra)
  • 4 cups chicken broth or seafood broth
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tomato, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound mixed seafood (such as shrimp, mussels, clams, squid)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  • First, heat the chicken or seafood broth in a saucepan and keep it warm over low heat.
  • Second, in a paella pan or large skillet, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Then, add the sliced bell peppers to the pan and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the grated tomato, saffron threads, and smoked paprika. Cook for a few minutes until the tomato breaks down and the mixture becomes fragrant.
  • Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat it with the tomato mixture. Cook for a couple of minutes to toast the rice slightly.
  • Then, pour the warm broth into the pan, stirring gently to distribute the ingredients evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and is almost cooked through, arrange the mixed seafood on top of the rice. Nestle the seafood into the rice mixture but do not stir once you’ve added it.
  • After that, sprinkle the frozen peas over the top of the paella and cover the pan with a lid or aluminium foil. And then let the paella cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the seafood is cooked through and the rice is tender.
  • Finally, remove the paella from the heat and let it rest, covered, for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges. Serve hot and enjoy!

Given these points,  feel free to customise this recipe by adding other ingredients like chicken, chorizo, or vegetables according to your preferences.

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