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Alicante a city and a port on the Cost Blanca The Mediterranean is a very popular cruise route and Alicante is almost always on it somewhere as the second stop after either Gibraltar or Lisbon or it could be after Malaga or Cartagena. All feature in our guides of the Spanish section of the Mediterranean. We arrived around 8am and had...
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Sotogrande is not far from Gibraltar and worth a thought if you have a long stop in Gibraltar and you have seen the monkeys and glass blowing before. With the recent expansion of the Marina there is far more bed space and it all sells out in July because of the Polo tournaments. Sotogrande has more than a few Polo...
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Barcelona! Barcelona! You can hear the late great Freddie Mercury sing and that chant will go on and people will continue to visit. It is a place of great food, great wine, wonderful architecture, fountains and art. It is a place where every nation and religion mix together. The art starts at the port but as a cruise passenger you...
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Gateway to season 6 of Game Of Thrones, Girona and Palamos 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 are the basis for Brava in Costa Brava. The historic...
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Almería Information, time to be a cowboy! We have filmed in the mountains near Almería and been based there, but not filmed it as a guide. It is a city in Andalusia, in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea up from Malaga. It is the capital of the province of Andalusia. Almeria comes from the name Al-Mari'yah and...
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Estepona in the Costa del Sol, nearest airport and cruise terminal Gibraltar, next nearest (other direction) is Malaga. Estepona has had huge investment and boasts a wonderful coastline bookended by a perfect little old town and a port. It is near enough to Marbella to party and hence for many reasons is the perfect place to holiday, golf or live....
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Jean is in Malaga, gateway to the Spanish beaches. We have 100℉, 40℃ heat! It is a city that many just pass through because of the airport or the port, but it has much to warrant a stay or a visit and it appears on many cruises, not least on a sail out to the Aegean as with Fred Olsen's...
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Sotogrande and Torreguadiaro are the 'Beverly Hills' of the Costa del Sol - Such a statement is likely to fire a debate, but Sotogrande was owned by the rich sherry producers and they used it to farm cork for the bottles. The beautiful land was used to ride their horses through and it was not long before riding, polo and...
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Duquesa, Sabinillas, La Castillo on the Costa Del Sol All of these villages in the principality of Manilva were previously part of a huge Roman fishing Village, thought to have been called Saltum. The Castillo was there to protect the  18th-century village. Now the huge stretch of sandy beach has more value than the fishing, but, the fresh fish on...
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Cartagena City Guide, Jean's video report for Doris Visits 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...
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