The discoveries of early explorers made a small kingdom a world power and its capital a wealthy city. Your explorations in Lisbon can include the village-like Alfama district, churches, castles, and elegant 18th-century squares.
Situated on the beautiful Asturian coast, Gijón was nearly destroyed in the 14th century, then revived as a hub for colonial-era trade. Today the port is a laid-back beach destination, with seafaring heritage and historic monuments.
With two beautiful bays, waterfront promenade and lively ambiance, La Coruña is a popular vacation spot in Galicia. From here you can explore the region's rugged coast, lush interior and medieval capital of Santiago de Compostela.
A busy, mid-sized port on the Atlantic Coast, Vigo is located just north of Portugal and is Galacia's largest and most industrialized city, dating back to Roman times. If you're a beach-lover, then Vigo is for you. You can soak up the rays at one of several sparkling beaches, including Samil, Alcabre and Canido.
Southampton's history precedes it. The area has been linked to kings, novelists and even pilgrims. Visit the Southampton Maritime Museum, the City Art Gallery or the magnificent Windsor Castle on your unforgettable journey. And, of course, it was the port of departure for the Titanic on its infamous voyage.
Le Havre has been the key port in northern France for centuries. From here travel inland along the Seine to enchanting Paris or explore the sights of Normandy, from medieval villages to the beaches where Allied troops landed on D-Day, June 6 1944.