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What ports are there in Spain to catch a Cruise ship from

What Spain cruise ports are there to embark on a Cruiseship from? Do you want to Plan a cruise that includes stops in Spanish ports? Spain is a stunning place to catch a cruise from and the sun will almost definitely be with you. 

Here is a list of all of the ports in Spain which except cruise ships. If you want to plan your time in port check out your ships itinerary and which Spanish port it stops in take a look at our individual ports guides for more help.

Maybe you want to catch a cruise from Malaga or Andalucía or you want to visit the bustling cultural city of Barcelona take at look at our Spain port guide here.

More and more cruise ships are sailing out of Spanish ports such as MSC and Royal Caribbean. Instead of picking your cruise ship why not pick your port instead? Sun yourself in the Costa Blanca and then take a short cruise out of Valencia to finish off your vacation. There are so many Mediterranean cruise excursions different places to go lets explore some.

Ultimate guide on cruising for all Spain cruise ports

So what Spanish ports can you hop on for a cruise around the Mediterranean? 

These are the ports that cruises often stop at in Spain;

  • Alicante
  • Almeria
  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • Cartagena
  • Cadiz
  • Valencia
  • Vigo
  • La Coruna

Which cruise lines stop in Spain Cruise ports?

There are a variety of different cruises that stop in Spain, Check out our guide to different cruise lines for families here too.

Alicante

Where to go in Alicante?

Alicante is in the Valencia region of Spain. It boasts being in one of the hottest climates the Costa Blanca! From here you can visit Murcia, Torrevieja and even Benidorm! If you have time a visit to the salt lakes is a must! The pink salt lakes even have flamingoes on at certain times of the year.

Where do cruises dock in Alicante

Cruises Dock at the ship pier location in Alicante which is the cruise terminal at the west of the marina. For larger ships you may need to take a shuttle bus in to port but once in port there is plenty to do by foot. 

Where do cruise dock in the port of Alicante 

Directly out of the terminal you can visit the Esplanada de Espana which is the park. The beach near the east side of the terminal is El Postiguet. 

There is a promenade with plenty of tapas restaurants, bars and shops too.

If it’s history you are after there is a castle called Castle Santa Barbara. This 13th century castle is on a hilltop  500 feet above Alicante. It is particularly good if you would like to see stunning coastline views. 

Directly out of the terminal you can visit the Esplanada de Espana which is the park. The beach near the east side of the terminal is El Postiguet. 

Stunning Benidorm coast near Alicante
Stunning Benidorm coast near Alicante

Cadiz

Cadiz What’s in port?

Cadiz is an ancient port city in the region of Andalusia in Spain. Cadizs is quite close to Gibraltar and it’s warm temperatures make it a perfect port stop.

This beautiful fishing village town is buzzy with colourful tapas bars on all street corners. It is historic, interesting as well as charming.

There are plenty of things to in Cadiz such as exploring has the Roman amphitheatre which is free to visit. You can also climb Tori Tavira which is a tower at the highest point of the city. From here you can see incredible panoramic views. You can also see amazing views from the Cadiz cathedral tower too. Cadiz also has some beautiful beaches which have one many awards.

Where is the Cadiz cruise port? 

The cruise terminal is  Alfonso xiii pier. It is just a short walk up to the main square with plenty of shops from there. You can also find plenty of shops around the Calle Columela area. There is a maze of pedestrianised streets to explore. Also try Visiting the market Mercado Central where your find all the local fish produce.

Cadiz Cathedral and roof tops
Cadiz Cathedral and roof tops Image by Paul Edney from Pixabay

Cartagena

Cartagena where to go

Cartagena is a Spanish cruise port is in the Region of Murcia. It is an important cruise destination in the Mediterranean. As Cartagena is quite close to Alicante from here you can visit the salt lakes in Torrevieja. The harbour bay is guarded by rocky cliffs of which each is topped by a fort. The city of Cartagena is also Spain’s main naval base and cargo shipping port.

Can you walk in to the city from Cartagena port?

Cartagena cruise ship terminal is located in the port’s Marina area. The terminal is right next to the Yacht Club’s building you can walk in to town form here. If you are in Cartagena you at want to visit the Roman Theatre,  Roman and Moorish remains and stroll along the waterfront promenade. There are also numerous Art Nouveau buildings to see and the Carthaginian castle, old city walls and a 13th century cathedral.

Cartagena Image by Spain cruise ports
Cartagena Image by Thomas Loyen from Pixabay

Barcelona

Barcelona things to do in port

Barcelona is one of the busiest cruise ports and a must if you are visiting Spain. There is so much to do and see in Barcelona from eating Tapas in the Gothic area to exploring the mosaics and gorgeous views from Park Güell. You can easily spend days in Barcelona with its stunning cathedrals, museums and gallery’s.

Can you walk ashore from cruise ships in Barcelona to old city centre?

You can walk ashore from the big ship terminals located at A, B, C, D. This would take about 30 to 40 minutes. Cruise lines will instead offer a shuttle bus. You can easily walk ashore from the smaller ship terminals M, N, and S. Check which dock your cruise is stopping at as it may be easier to catch a taxi in to the city.

Most cruise ships dock at Moll Adossat cruise dock and from there you can walk in to the old part of Barcelona this will take approximately 20 minutes.

Barcelona Instagram Photo
Barcelona

Vigo

Vigo nowhere do ships dock in port

Vigo is Spain’s bustling port that is welcomes cruise ships. It has a shopping centre directly opposite the terminal building and it is a 10 minute to walk in to town from here. It is also Spain’s busiest fishing port and a hive of activity.

Things to do in Vigo when you get off of your cruise ship

There is plenty to do in the port of Vigo with lots of history and culture to explore. The closest beach is Samil Sands just a few miles away. You can also take a ferry over to the The Cíes Islands which are the Vigo estuary’s greatest treasure. This amazing national marine park and one of the country’s most beautiful places with beaches it is known as the the islands of the gods.

Tot on Simel Beach Vigo - Vigo Port Guide
Simel Sands beach Vigo

Valencia

Valencia things to do in port

Valencia is a stunning city in Spain and very popular with cruise ships. Valencia has a mix of old and new architecture from medieval castles and towers to modernist and art deco architecture. You will also find a mixture of shops, museums and things to do. The historic Central Market of Valencia is another one of the top attractions in the city. It is amazing to see the buzz round the market stalls and the mixture of foods and goods on offer. Another Greta place to visit is the the old Turia river bed. This river bed was rerouted in the 1950s, and is now a huge park that envelopes the city.

Where is the port in Valencia?

The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast. You walk to the port via the Turia river bed. The distance from the port is 7 km so a taxi may be a better idea. A taxi will cost about 10 euros.

Valencia Market hall cruise port in spain

Almeria

Almeria cruise port

Almeria town is surrounded by a range of mountains with a stunning long coastline of long sandy beaches and steep cliffs. One of the most beautiful places you can visit from here is the historic Granada. The Costa de Almería has amazing beaches and tourist resorts to the west and relatively untouched natural areas and coves to the east.

Where do cruise ships dock in Almeria?

Cruise ships dock at the Almeria cruise terminal. The cruise dock of Almeria is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre. To walk to the town you can follow a blue line on the ground. Almeria has lots of shops cafes and tapas restaurants and is very easy to explore on foot. Places to visit in Almeria include; Acazaba castle, The central Market, The cathedral or head on the the stunning city of Granada.

Granada Alhambra palaces
Granada Alhambra palaces

Malaga

Things to do in Malaga 

Malaga is the stunning port of the Costa del Sol in Andalusia. Malaga has many beautiful beaches, bars, cafes as well as cultural and historic places to visit. A must visit is the Alcazaba which is an is an ancient Moorish fortress that overlooks the city. From here you will have amazing views over Roman ruins and the rooftops of the city.

Where do ships dock in Malaga?

From the eastern dock ( pier 1 ) you can get a shuttle business to town. The Port Authority of Malaga offers a bus from the cruise terminal to Plaza de la Marina in the center of the city. Buses run every 15-20 minutes and costs about € 5 per person. At the end of Malaga port is the main promenade with amazing views of the harbor and the cathedral. This walkway leads to the beach of la Malagueta. If you dock at Pier 2 you can easily walk in to the town and explore.

Stunning views of Malaga and the Roman amphitheatre from the Malaga Alcazaba.
Stunning views of Malaga and the Roman amphitheatre from the Malaga Alcazaba.

Bilbao

What in Bilbao?

Bilbao is located on the eastern edge of Spain’s northern border. It’s is in the beautiful blue water of the Bay of Biscay. It is also just a couple hours away from France’s southern border. This part of Spain is known as the heart of Basque Country. Bilbao has so much to offer tourists. You must try the Spanish speciality tapas of pintxos, which are small pieces of bread, topped with a multitude of different ingredients you will find them in every bar. The most visited place in Bilbao is the impressive Guggenheim contemporary art museum. The weather is milder Bilbao even in the summer months. The city’s location to the Bay of Biscay helps it to avoid the heat that often sweeps through the rest of Spain.

Where is the port of Billbao

The port of Bilbao is near the town of Getxo you you will need to take a shuttle bus, the metro, or a taxi to reach the city.

Visiting Bilbao on A Port Day

Spain travel helpful tips.

The language is Spanish but you will get by in most places with English. The currency is Euros. 

The Emergency number for Spain is 112. Service is given in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.

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