Luxury cruise line, Seabourn, always strives to introduce new ports of call to its itineraries, whether that is entirely new maiden calls or destinations to which the Seabourn fleet hasn’t sailed in recent years. As attentions turn towards 2017 itineraries, we decided to take a closer look at Seabourn’s seven new ports. From quintessentially British seaside towns to ancient Greek enclaves; which will you travel to?
Fishguard – Wales
Fishguard sits at the heart of North Pembrokeshire, offering those who visit an opportunity to take in bold blue seas, deep green valleys, towering cliffs and the impressive Preseli Hills. The town is positioned on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and is surrounded by Britain’s only Coastal National Park. Don’t forget your walking boots!
Bilbao – Spain
Bilbao’s most famous resident is undoubtedly the Museo Guggenheim; an icon of modern architecture created by Frank O. Gehry. Aside from the world-renowned museum, the golden sands of Bilbao are also worthy of a mention, with Plentzia and Sopelana amongst the most beautiful. The Old Town of Bilbao centres around the medieval Casco Viejo district, which is home to Bilbao’s original seven streets, ‘Las Siete Calles’, dating back to the 1400s.
Dunmore East (Waterford) – Ireland
The British Isles are steeped in history and Dunmore East is testament to this, with nearby Waterford serving as Ireland’s oldest city, having been founded by the Vikings. Thatched cottages are perfectly preserved, unlike the 12th century ruins of Aodh’s Church which sits atop Killea Hill, and the area is home to almost 100 miles of coastlines – pebbled beaches and picturesque coves set against a backdrop of dunes and heathland.
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Holyhead – Wales
As the largest town on the island of Anglesey, Holyhead is brimming with historic sites. Amongst them is the 12th century St Cwyfan’s Church, known as the Church in the Sea, thanks to its position on the tiny tidal island of Cribinau. Equally intriguing are the prehistoric burial chambers at Barclodiad Y Gawres. Spend a day with the wind in your hair on coastal walks through Breakwater Country Park, where spectacular views are provided courtesy of the Holyhead Mountains and the Irish Sea.
Lerwick – Shetland Islands
Not only is Lerwick Britain’s most northerly town, it is also Shetland’s Capital, though it is quite unlike many other capital cities. The old waterfront teems with a combination of sleek yachts and painted fishing boats, bringing a maritime feel that is present throughout the fishing village. Sandstone buildings date back to the 18th century, whilst the Iron Age structures of Clickimin Broch date back many years further. Make time to visit the Shetland Museum, where you will find evidence spanning the 5000 year history of the charming Shetland Islands.
Naxos – Greece
The mountainous island of Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades and its cobbled streets and lush valleys feel a million miles away from its sister islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The island is drenched in almost as much history as it is sun, with Venetian castles and homes sitting beside stunning monasteries and picturesque villages perched on the mountain side. Once you have had your fill of sightseeing, tour the rolling olive groves and citrus orchards, tasting your way around the island’s most infamous exports; olive oil, world famous little potatoes and ‘kitron’ liquor.
Peterhead – Aberdeen
Peterhead remains one of Europe’s busiest fishing ports and one of the best ways to spend a day here is to embark on a fishing and sightseeing trip of your own around Cruden Bay, Longhaven Shore or the collapsed sea cave of Bullers of Buchan. Literary fans can also make the pilgrimage to Slains Castle, considered the home of Dracula after inspiring Bram Stoker to write the famous novel.
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