Posts Tagged "Spain"

Cadiz, Spain

On April 19, 2015, we docked in the port of Cadiz, Spain. Cadiz is a city that lies on a peninsula with the old walled city situated on the tip and features the port. We took the HoHo bus to get around this small city, out along the coastline and  beaches. The walled gate, Puertas de Tierra, is perfectly restored and is quite impressive. There are also 2 restored castles that looked out on the Atlantic Ocean. In the main part of the old city, the streets are very narrow and mostly pedestrian. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual...

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Mijas, Spain

Malaga, Spain was the port we docked in on April 18,2015. Today we traveled to the hill town of Mijas, about an hour down the coast and in land a bit. Mijas is a typical Andalusian white building town with prehistoric roots. The main attraction is the Donkey Taxis, which take tourists up and down the narrow streets. Another attraction is the Chapel of the Rock, a small chapel carved into a rock. Being on the hillside there are great vistas of the Mediterranean. We wandered up the narrow streets to the Town Square, where we did a little shopping and people watching. The thumbnail pictures...

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Elche, Spain

On April 17, 2015 we docked in Cartagena, Spain at 10 AM. Today we went to Elche about an hour away. Elche is known for its Palm Forest another UNESCO World heritage site that was built by the Moors when they occupied Spain. Situated in the dry part of Europe the oasis of palms was something to see. We started out in the old city visiting the Basilica St. Maria and the Municipal Park which is part of the forest. We then crossed the Elche River, with its highly decorated floor and went to the Priest’s Garden. Here was a collection of plants from all over the world, dating back to 1918....

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Málaga, Spain

After a day at sea we docked in Málaga, Spain on April 30, 2012. Our mooring was at the entrance to the harbor and gave us a beautiful panoramic view of the city surrounded by its mountains. We started the day by walking past the Paseo de los Curas (waterfront sidewalk) to the Plaza de Toros (bull ring). From there we walked down Paseo de Reding to the Gardens of Pedro R. Alonso and the City Hall. At City Hall, we boarded the Málaga Tour HOHO bus. The bus took us up to Castillo de Gibralfaro, which dates back to the 10th century and overlooks Málaga and the surrounding area. We walked the...

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Valencia, Spain

We docked in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, a maiden call for our ship, on April 28, 2011. Our tour was to the City of Valencia, about an hour away through many orange groves and small farms. Arriving in Valencia we started with a panoramic drive around the ultramodern Arts and Science area which is built on the old river bed that runs through the city. We then proceed through the old part of the city to the highlight of the trip the Mercado Central de Valencia, one of the largest and oldest produce markets in Europe. From there we walked across the street to the Silk Exchange, a UNESCO World...

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