Cruise the Mediterranean and experience the Spanish Grand Prix

Formula One

Fans of the high octane Formula One racing season will be glad to know that the 2016/17 season is well underway. The first race of the season saw Nico Rosberg claim the Australian Grand Prix, who also won the Spanish Grand Prix during the 2015/16 season. Will he be able to win it again this year? Or will his closest rival, Lewis Hamilton, be able to reclaim his title, having last won the race in 2014?

Pullmantur Cruises can take you on a roundtrip into the Mediterranean out of Barcelona, the host city of Spanish Grand Prix race. Departing on 7th May 2016 on board Sovereign, you will be able to experience a range of stunning Mediterranean ports before returning to Barcelona on 14th May 2016. But rather than heading home after your fantastic all-inclusive cruise, why not combine it with an exhilarating Formula One Grand Prix experience?

The Spanish Grand Prix race takes place the day after your cruise ends, on the 15th May 2016. This week, we take a look at this prestigious racecourse.


Having celebrated its centenary in 2013, the Spanish race is one of the oldest in the world still to be contested. Although it began as touring race and has been held across a variety of different venues over the years, the Spanish Grand Prix marks a long-standing history of racing within the country. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was introduced to the Formula One itinerary in 1991 and has remained a popular addition ever since.


The Spanish Grand Prix has always created a fantastic spectacle for viewers, with many close races in recent years. It is so competitive that every race has seen a different winning driver since Michael Schumacher won it four times consecutively between 2001 and 2004. Last year saw Lewis Hamilton make a mistake early on that ultimately cost him the race to the hands of Nico Rosberg. Will he be able to reclaim first place this season?

Twists and Turns

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is renowned for featuring a range of difficult and sharp turns, which collectively limit the number of overtaking opportunities. The course features a total of 16 turns, many of which are clustered together. Between the sharp turns, there are long straights on which drivers can build up speed and attempt to overtake.


Park Guell, Barcelona

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is only an hour outside of Barcelona’s city centre, so you will have plenty of time in which to appreciate everything on offer. Art and culture will greet you upon every turn, with the colourful mosaics of Park Guell and the magnificent Sagrada Familia Roman Catholic church, which has been under construction since 1882. This spectacular structure features many intricately designed elements and is a must-visit landmark.

The seven-night Breezes of the Mediterranean Cruise itinerary provides the opportunity to visit a variety of stunning destinations including: Barcelona, Sardinia, Naples, Rome, Livorno and Toulon. In association with Fred.\ Holidays, this fantastic itinerary can then be combined with a trip to the exhilarating Barcelona Grand Prix to form a winning combination.

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