St. Maarten to Barcelona
An Atlantic crossing offers abundant opportunities for catching up on reading, spa treatments and indulging in important passions that you keep putting off, like organizing to-do lists or outlining that manuscript you always plan to complete. You’ll also be fully rested and ready to explore Lisbon’s prominent landmarks like the alabaster-like Belém Tower, the elaborate grounds of the Jerónimos Monastery or the quiet corners of a wine bar serving fruity Vinho Verde or countless golden, nutty-nuanced port wines. Take an Andalusian-style side trip to Seville and discover often-overlooked Moorish influences in the medieval architecture throughout the 2,200-year-old city. Soar to the top of The Rock of Gibraltar and gaze down on one of the busiest and most strategic sea. Even if it’s cloudy, you’ll still be captivated by the hundreds of Barbary macaques, the last surviving wild monkey population in Europe. Study Cubist co-founder Pablo Picasso’s sculptures, sketches, engravings and paintings in detail near his birthplace in Málaga. Stroll the weathered 14th century flagstones and admire the circular, Gothic-themed architecture of Bellver Castle near Palma de Mallorca. This restful adventure concludes across the historic Balearic Sea in Barcelona, where you can stay up late to dance among the vibrant night life or sit down for amazing toasty tapas and seafood paellas among the countless cafés and airy sidewalk bars.