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Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the co-capital of the Canary Islands (Las Palmas, Gran Canaria is the other), and as such, is home to the Parliament, the Ministry of the Presidency, one half of the government Ministries and the Provincial and Superior Courts. It also boasts some high-profile architecture and an annual Carnival that … Continue reading »

5 DIY Daytrips from Barcelona

If you cruise frequently, then you’ve probably been in and out of Barcelona numerous times. It’s a beautiful city, and there are countess things to see and do there, but sometimes you just want to see if there’s something “beyond Barca.” Here are 5 “do-it-yourself” day trips out of the city that might fill the … Continue reading »


Nowhere is the Canaries’ volcanic past more evident than on the island of Lanzarote. This northernmost island of the archipelago was the first to break the sea’s surface some 16—20 million years ago. Over time, periodic eruptions created new volcanoes and new land. Today, there are over 300 volcanoes on the island, and much of … Continue reading »


Malaga is a compact gem of a city, offering everything from historical monuments to high-end stores. A day of sightseeing can easily be combined with a leisurely lunch and a trip through the shops. Getting In The Cruise Terminal is about 2 km (1 ½ miles) from the Plaza de la Marina – about a … Continue reading »

Making the Most of a Day in Valencia

Getting In Ships usually dock at the Cruise Terminal, but if the port is very busy – or your ship is too large – you may be docked in the Industrial Port, in which case a free shuttle will take you to the Terminal. From there, it’s about 4 km (2.5 miles) to the city … Continue reading »

Palma de Mallorca

Getting In Most cruise ships dock at either Estacio Maritima or the nearby commercial terminal of Porto Pi. Either way, it’s a long hike into town (6-8 km), so your best bet is either a 4-passenger taxi (€10-15 to Old Town) or the ship’s shuttle bus. You can also get into town via the EMT … Continue reading »

Barcelona’s Masters of Modernisme – Gaudi and Domènech i Montaner

The Eixample (“extension”) is, in every sense of the word, Barcelona’s “modern” district. Designed in the mid-19th century by Ildefons Cerdà, the district occupies formerly vacant land between the old city walls and what once were surrounding towns and villages. Cerdà’s grid plan, with its straight streets and wide avenues, took into consideration things like … Continue reading »

Montjuic – Barcelona’s Hilltop Haven

    To the west of Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella is the Parc de Monjuic, site of a 17th century hilltop fortress, a cemetery, a botanical garden, and several museums and sporting arenas leftover from the 1929 International Exposition and the 1992 Olympics. To reach Montjuic, you can walk up any number of streets in the … Continue reading »

14 More Things to See in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella

Maybe you saw the Gothic Quarter on an earlier cruise, but left with the feeling that you only scratched Barcelona’s surface. What more is there to see in the rest of the Old City? If you’re near the Colon Monument, the sights of Port Vell and El Rival are within easy walking distance; if you’re … Continue reading »

11Must-See Sights in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Beautiful Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and home port for many Mediterranean cruise ships.  But how much can you see if you’re just in town for a few hours?  Thanks to the Old City’s walk-ability, the answer is “Quite a bit.” Arriving in Barcelona If you’re arriving by plane, there are many options for making … Continue reading »

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