Islands of the Mediterranean
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Southampton, UK, England

Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.

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Day 3
Ferrol, Spain

Ferrol is a city situated on the north-western coast of Spain with a considerable maritime history. Having once been a fishing village, Ferrol is now a commercial port with an eclectic culture and a number of golden beaches. Built in the 16th century, the Castillo de San Felipe and Castle of La Palma have guarded the city and their excellent condition has been maintained. Ferrol is also home to one of the highest cliffs in Europe, which stands at 613 metres tall.

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Malaga, Spain

The large city of Malaga is situated in the region of Andalucia, in Southern Spain. Its position on the Costa del Sol provides it with a warm Mediterranean climate, making it the perfect location for a spot of tranquil beach relaxation. It is also highly regarded in terms of culture, having been the birthplace of the famous Spanish artist – Pablo Picasso. Elsewhere the city, visitors will find a range of religious and historical landmarks including a range of castles, religious landmarks, and a Moorish castle.

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Day 6
Ibiza, Spain

The Balearic Island of Ibiza has long been a popular holiday destination for those seeking warm beaches and its famous nightlife scene. Ibiza also offers much more to see and experience including a range of coves and rock islands, as well as an historical old town area.  

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Day 7
Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Mahon, otherwise known as Mao, is the largest city on the Balearic island of Minorca and is home to the second-largest natural deep water port in the world. While the city is home to an array of charming buildings including the Museu de Minorca – housed in a 15th-century Franciscan monastery – the whole island is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Several environmental areas provide an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a range of wildlife including a variety of birds and even turtles.

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Day 8
Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Ajaccio is the capital of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica offers a moderate to warm climate throughout the year and a romantic city centre. Perhaps the most fascinating attraction of Ajaccio is that it was where Napoleon Bonaparte was born and the house in which he lived is now open as a museum.

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Day 9
Olbia, Sardinia, Italy

Situated on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, the small town of Olbia is home to a number of fascinating landmarks including a series of Phoenician and Roman tombs, and the Pisan Romanesque Church of San Simplicio. It also provides a gateway to the glittering area of Costa Smeralda – which is renowned for attracting the rich and famous.

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Day 10
Palermo, Sicily, Italy

The Sicilian capital of Palermo is known as the city of delights, due to its impressive gardens and its range of architectural wonders that includes many mosques and palaces. The golden cathedral and the Archaeological Museum are well worth visiting during your time here, while it is also worth taking the time to try the delicious local cuisine if you get the chance.

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Day 11
Olbia, Sardinia, Italy

Situated on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, the small town of Olbia is home to a number of fascinating landmarks including a series of Phoenician and Roman tombs, and the Pisan Romanesque Church of San Simplicio. It also provides a gateway to the glittering area of Costa Smeralda – which is renowned for attracting the rich and famous.

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Day 12
Palma, Majorca, Spain

Mallorca – also known as Majorca – is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is home to the city of Palma. As well as being the only city on the island, it is also the Majorcan capital and offers a wealth of historical relics. Originally settled during the Bronze Age, it has been conquered numerous times and these respective eras have influenced the city as we know it today. The 14th century Bellver Castle was built on the ruins of an ancient Muslim site and is known for its unique circular form, as well as offering a fantastic view over the city. Undoubtedly, one of the most fascinating landmarks in the city is the Cathedral, which is situated beside the coast.

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Day 13
Cartagena (Spain), Spain

Situated in the Murcia region of Spain, the port city of Cartagena is home to an artistic legacy that extends back almost three millennia. The history of the city has been shaped by most Mediterranean Empires that had managed to conquer the Iberian Peninsula. As a result, there are many monuments and architectural wonders standing in Cartagena today including a Roman theatre – which has been recently restored. Other landmarks of note include the Modernist houses, which were made by the popular of the renowned architect, Gaudi; and many ancient Punic, Byzantine, and Arabic remains.

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Day 14
Cadiz, Spain

The Spanish city of Cadiz sits in an enviable position on a peninsula on the southwestern coast of Spain. It is almost entirely surrounded by water, which has paved the way for some excellent urban beaches. Cadiz is thought to be one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, having been discovered by Phoenician sailors around 3,000 years ago and it has always played a significant role as a seaport and trading post. During the 18th century, Spain’s galleons explored the world from Cadiz and many of the city’s historic look-out towers and weathered old buildings remain today. The city is home to some magnificent architecture including the Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri. It is here that Spain defied Napoleon’s siege and established a provisional government with its own liberal constitution. Cadiz provides an ideal point of access for the Guadalquivir River and the Doñana National Park.

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Day 15
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon shares a similar status to the Italian city of Rome and the Turkish city of Istanbul. This vibrant and cultural city has much to offer to the discerning visitor, with many beautiful gardens, stunning architectural wonders, and cultural relics such as the traditional trams which have operated in Lisbon since the 1930’s. Head to Cine Theatro Gymnasium if you get the chance, as this is where you will be able to experience a daily performance of Fado – a distinctive Portuguese style of music that has gained UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Day 18
Southampton, UK, England

Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.

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