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Between Eastern Med and Western Med routes, Palermo sits at the foot of Monte Pellgrino at the heart of a large natural harbour, offering hints of its complex history. Being Italy's capitol of Culture is well deserved because it has hosted dozens of civilisations:- Arab, Greek, Roman, Norman, Carthaginians, Goths, the Byzantine Empire and the Spanish have all left a...
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Rome is a great weekend away or a wonderfully busy day from a cruise ship stopping at Civitavecchia. The train in is quite easy but we cannot stress enough two things, one, you MUST VALIDATE your purchased train ticket before getting on the train. Secondly, give yourself time to get back. I guess there is a third tip which...
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It is normal to arrive around 8am and re-board by 1630hrs from a ship. https://youtu.be/nPUPNxVMClo Cartagena is located in the Region of Murcia and is very often on a Mediterranean cruise. It is an important Naval Port as well as the gateway to Murcia. It has been inhabited for two millennium, and the town was know as Mastia and was one of...
Crete has a good public bus service. The PORT bus stop is about 50 meters from where you dock, the fare is about 1.5 Euros and takes ten minutes to Chania. The buses are frequent, and can be one every five minutes. Chania bus service can be researched here. To find the bus station in Chania walk to the top...
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Gateway to season 6 of the worlds biggest ever TV show, Game Of Thrones, Girona and Palamos are cruise stops on the Costa Brava. The Costa Brava runs from Barcelona for about 40km to the French border. The only remaining Spanish cruise stop that might be scheduled is the traditional fishing town of Palamos. The mountains and rugged coast line...
Easy seen by public transport, Athens is a major city and tourist attraction, carry only what you need and watch for pickpockets. Their version of VAT or sales tax can add 25% to your purchases, if you want to try and claim that back carry your passport, get proper receipts and then look for signs showing shows that offer...
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Trains from here are easy. La Spezia is situated in Northern Italy between Genoa and Pisa. It is a commercial port with a modern terminal and one that is easy to explore from. It is straightforward to get the train to Pisa or Florence. Also, Cinque Terre is a very popular place to visit from La Spezia. It can't be...
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Estepona in the Costa del Sol, nearest airport and cruise terminal Gibraltar, next nearest (other direction) is Malaga. Cruises leaving Malaga, you could fly to Gibraltar and do our suggested, and drop the car off in Malaga and jump on the ship. Estepona has had huge investment and boasts a wonderful coastline bookended by a perfect little old town and...
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Marbella, Puerto Banus is the place to party. We went to see Status Quo @ Starlite Club in Costa Del Sol. It was a strange and sad night, but one hell of a concert. We have sailed and flown into Malaga and it is a very interesting port stop, and these other places are great to visit, like Mijas. Please remember...
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If you want to miss the sail from the UK and avoid Gibraltar, some ships use Malaga (Marella) as a home base. Other Mediterranean cruises often visit the port.  If you have done Malaga, then Mijas is a beautiful mountain town just twenty minutes away  and worth a visit. Take a look at Jeans great film guide. Donkey Taxi - Mijas...
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