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Spain/Morocco Voyage * June 4 - 11, 2022
Highlights of Cadiz & Valencia Spain
Spain/Morocco Port Spain/Morocco Voyage
In the last newsletter about our European Charter, we showed you some of the exciting ports and lifestyle spots we will be exploring next June including clothing-optional beaches in Málaga, Spain and a "bucket list" visit to Casablanca, Morocco. This month's newsletter continues the adventure with highlights of Cadiz and Valencia, Spain. If you're wondering if there will be more clothing-optional fun at these ports, the answer is "Yes!" -- so read on for more details..

The city of Cadiz also has a rich history that will be on display, which is evident in its old quarters and landmarks. This includes an immense, lavishly ornamented cathedral and the Alcazar palace which is exquisitely decorated in Moorish style. You'll marvel at the stunning mix of innovative architecture and gothic beauty in Valencia. This Spanish city is home to many avant-garde buildings, including the breathtaking City of Arts and Sciences cultural complex.

There will also be 2 full days at sea to relax and unwind on an impressive vessel with a contemporary, yet classic decor that adds a fresh and elegant feel to your vacation. You'll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of the bars, restaurants and lounges. The laid back but cozy atmosphere is perfect for making new friends. And, there is plenty of room around the pool where our attentive staff is always ready to attend to your every need. One of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There's nothing better than opening your doors to the fresh sea air and views.
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Clothing Optional Beaches
Cadiz Beaches
Cadiz, Spain: Cadiz is a great day trip with its beautiful beaches and a warm Mediterranean climate which makes it a favorite seaside destination for lifestyle cruisers.

Playa De Camposoto

Playa De Camposoto

Camposoto beach is located in San Fernando, part of the Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz created in 1989. The beach is located between the marshes and salt marshes of San Fernando and the marshes of Sancti Petri and Punta del Boquerón, a protected natural area. The sand is fine and golden with many shells and dunes. It also has a beach bar which is a great addition to your fun in the sun.

Playa De La Cortadura

Playa De La Cortadura

The Cortadura beach is formed by a string of dunes with very fine golden sand, crystal clear waters and medium-cold temperatures typical of the Atlantic. There is so much to explore in Cadiz.
 
Valencia Beaches
Valencia, Spain: This city makes the perfect getaway for couples to enjoy warm waters and golden sand on Valencia's most popular beaches.

Playa Pinedo

Playa Pinedo

Pinedo beach is located in the southeast city of Valencia. It has an urbanized promenade filled with a variety of beach bars, restaurants and more bars, another fine golden sand beach and calm waters with moderate waves. There is a "free zone," which goes from the famous "Casa Negra" to the old Plexi factory, which is suitable for nudism.

Playa De L'Arbre Del Gos

Playa De L'Arbre Del Gos

The L'Arbre del Gos beach is located in Valencia, near the Albufera Natural Park. This beautiful beach of fine golden sand is not well known among the general public, making it an ideal beach location for lifestyle couples.
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Sites In Cadiz, Spain
Stroll Cadiz

Amble through Cadiz on foot during this fascinating walk to the city's historic squares, landmarks, and cathedral. Marvel at architectural wonders that are 116 years in the making. Then have your camera ready for its beautiful marble fountain located in the San Juan de Dios Square. At the end of the stroll, enjoy a relaxing coffee break at the local bar where you can rub shoulders with the locals.

Stroll Cadiz San Juan de Dios Square - Popular Marble Fountain

  • Stroll through the picturesque, narrow cobblestone streets of Cadiz
  • Admire the architecture and historic landmarks of the city, including the Plaza de España and Plaza de la Mina
  • Visit the cathedral and view its Baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles

Carrascal Farm & Domecq Family

Get a taste of the country life, Spanish style, on a visit to El Carrascal farm, hosted by the Domecq family on their country estate. The Domecqs owned a sherry empire and came to prominence when Álvaro revived the art of "rejoneo," a form of bullfighting by horseback.

Tour the farm with your hosts to visit its mares and foals and see the stables. Then continue on the enclosure where the bulls are reared, all the while accompanied by a member of the family, who will be happy to answer any questions. After the tour, enjoy aperitif and appetizers on the farm terrace.

Carrascal Farm & Domecq Family El Carrascal Farm - The Art of Rejoneo (Bullfighting by Horseback)

  • Tour El Carrascal farm, known nationally for raising fierce bulls and fine riding horses
  • Walk the grounds with a member of the Domecq family
  • Enjoy an aperitif and appetizers on the farm terrace
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Sites In Valencia, Spain
Explore Valencia by Bike

From the pier you will pedal through the City of Arts and Sciences, Turia Gardens, and the old part of the city, with time to have a local snack and drink a famous Valencian beverage called a "Horchata."

Explore Valencia by Bike Turia Gardens, Valencia Spain

  • Discover Valencia on an active biking tour
  • Pedal through the City of Arts and Sciences, Turia Gardens, and the old part of the city

Panoramic Valencia & The Fallas Museum

This panoramic city tour begins with a quick drive to the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, which offers one of the most exciting views of modern architecture in Valencia.

Pass by Plaza de Toros de Valencia, a massive bull ring inspired by the Roman Colosseum, the central train station, and Serranos Gate, one of 12 gates that formed the ancient city's wall. The tour concludes at the Museo Fallero de Valencia to see the "ninots indultats" saved from the fires of the Fallas Festival.

Panoramic Valencia & The Fallas Museum A View of the City of Arts and Sciences

  • See modern architecture with a view at the City of Arts and Sciences.
  • Get a glimpse of the Metropolitan CathedralBasilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, consecrated in the 13th century by the first bishop of Valencia
  • Meet the "ninots indultats" saved from the fires of the Fallas Festival at Museo Fallero de Valencia

The Silk Exchange: UNESCO World Heritage

Follow the footsteps of the silk road on this exploration of Valencia's silk making heritage. To celebrate UNESCO's Silk Road project, journey into the Old Town where you'll visit the Higher Art of Silk Making Authority, established in 1477. The authority set the standards for silk making in the region. This unique museum traces the history of silk, housed in a stunning 15th century building.

Then, stroll the Barri de Velluters, the Old Town neighborhood of velvet makers and a traditional Valencian silk shop that sells costumes used during the Falles festival. Finally, visit the Silk Exchange, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that once attracted European traders in search of Valencia's rich silk fabrics.  

The Silk Exchange: UNESCO World Heritage The Silk Exchange - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Learn about the history of silk making in Valencia at the Higher Art of Silk Making Authority
  • Visit a Valencian silk shop dedicated to producing traditional Valencian clothing
  • Journey to the bustling Central Market where you'll sip “Horchata,” a sweet and refreshing tiger nut drink

Please call Bliss Cruise or your Travel Agent today for more information:

 
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Bliss Cruise Host Hotels
Our recommendation is to arrive a minimum of 2 days before departure day. This not only gives everyone a day or two to take in all the great sites in Barcelona, but guarantees you will be there in time to board in the event there were any flight delays.

Bliss is not taking over a hotel due to the current requirements in Europe for group events. However, we are recommending our clients book hotels directly. Below is a list of recommended hotels for the pre-and-post cruise.
Hotel Casa Fuster: a historic building of Modernist design and symbol of the greatest period of splendor and prosperity Barcelona has experienced during the past hundred years. It's comfortable and luxurious accommodations will add to this unforgettable experience.

Hotel Casa Fuster

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Majestic Hotel & Spa: has become a benchmark of timeless elegance typical of the most exclusive international hotels. This unique establishment is rich in character, conveying the essence of luxury and comfort to perfection through meticulous attention to detail.
 

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

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Cotton House Hotel: is a five-star hotel for curious travelers who want to discover the true essence of Barcelona. Its contemporary and sophisticated style incorporates all the functionalities needed to assure the luxury level of service and comfort that guests desire.

Cotton House Hotel

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W Hotel: sets the scene for a spectacular stay in Barcelona. Located on the beachfront along the famous Barceloneta boardwalk, you can expect panoramic views over the Mediterranean and city of Barcelona. Playful and energetic, a life of whimsical fun and indulgent pampering awaits you at the W Barcelona.

Luxury Boutique Hotel

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