Lisbon to Barcelona – Wind Surf
On any day, our 310-guest flagship, Wind Surf, draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port with her tall sails billowing. And her beauty is far more than skin deep.
Starting with all new finishes and furnishings in suites and staterooms, Wind Surf renovation now brings you some of the most beautiful public spaces at sea.
Everything about Wind Surf speaks of welcome. Come aboard and see it for yourself.
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Amalfi has long been a resort. Visit her hotels set in beautiful monasteries and villas. Stroll through the archway from the little square beyond the harbor to the Piazza del Duomo. Before you, rises a grand flight of stairs that leads you to one of the most exquisite cathedrals in southern Italy.
The airport for Puerto La Cruz in northeast on the Caribbean. Isla de Margarita is off the coast.
Dating back to ancient times, the Andalusian port of Cadiz is a cluster of narrow streets opening onto little squares, with a golden-domed cathedral in the distance. From here, you can travel to Seville, home of the famous Giralda Tower, 15th-century cathedral, and the Alcazar, once a palace of the Moorish kings.
The French Riviera is synonymous with beaches, splendid scenery and fascinating people, and nowhere is this more evident than in Cannes. Artists, writers, actors and jet-setters from the world over come here to enjoy the elegant boutiques, art galleries, extravagant restaurants and hotels along the Cote d’Azur.
And of course, the annual Cannes Film Festival draws the creme de la creme of trendsetting celebrities. Nearby is the town of Grasse, known for its fields of fragrant blossoms and perfume factory, and further along is St. Paul-de-Vence, a fortified medieval town perched high atop a hill. It was here that painter Marc Chagall lived and was inspired to create many of his Expressionist masterpieces.
Cartagena, (kär´te-jê´ne) city (1985 pop. 563,949), capital of Bolívar dept., NW Colombia, a port on the Bay of Cartagena, in the Caribbean Sea. Oil-refining and the manufacture of leather, textile, and tobacco goods are major industries, and there is an expanding petrochemical complex. Founded in 1533, Cartagena became the treasure city of the Spanish Main, where precious New World minerals awaited transshipment to Spain. It was often sacked despite its massive fortifications, some of which still stand. It declared its independence from Spain in 1811 and was incorporated into Colombia in 1821. Its rapid development in the 20th cent. was due largely to the discovery of oil in the Magdalena basin. One of the most picturesque of Latin American cities, with shady plazas and cobblestone streets, Cartagena attracts many tourists.
Sitting under the shoulder of smoldering Mt. Etna, Catania is your base for an ascent to the very top of Europe’s largest volcano. Close by is Taormina, where you’ll take in fantastic views of the Bay of Catania.
Kérkira or Corfu, island (1991 pop. 105,043), 229 sq mi (593 sq km), NW Greece, in the Ionian Sea. Its industries include agriculture, fishing, and tourism. Settled c.730 B.C. by Corinthians, it later concluded a rebellious alliance with Athens that helped to precipitate (431 B.C.) the Peloponnesian War.
The city of Dubrovnik is situated in the very south of the Republic of Croatia. It occupies an area of 364.05 square kilometres from Duboka Ljuta gorge – near the village of Plat to the east, to Imotica to the west, a distance of 53 kilometres. The city of Dubrovnik encloses the tiny Elaphite archipelago (Šipan, Lopud, Kolocep, Tajan, Olipa, Jakljan and Daksa).
Welcome to Gibraltar… Throughout the ages Gibraltar has stood guard over this geographical gateway, the meeting place of continents. This unique position has always distinguished the spectacular rock monolith and today Gibraltar offers the discerning traveller a fascinating blend of heritage, style and culture.
As a member of the British Commonwealth and located at the most southerly point of the Iberian peninsula, both English and Spanish are the everyday language of the Gibraltarians. The climate is warm and the local people are welcoming with a friendly charm borne of a blend of many cultures united in a unique community. This cosmopolitan society has so much to offer whether it’s business or pleasure.
Gythio is a small seaside town 40Km south of Sparta, in the northeast part of Mani, in the South of the Peloponnesse, Greece. The permanent residents amount to no more than 2000 but during the summer this number reaches the 20000, as tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the beaches and the laid back atmosphere. The main attraction are the
beachside cafes serving sun-dried octopus and ouzo, the numerous fishing boats in the harbor, an ancient theatre (where ancient Greek plays take place during the summer) and the tall houses along the beachfront. Just outside the harbor is one of the most scenic parts of the area, the island of Kranae (Marathonisi). The legend has it that when Paris of Troy stole Helen from Sparta he anchored his boat in the island and during his departure forgot his helmet (“Kranos”)-
hence the name of the little island. The church of “Aghios Petros” and a “tarsanas” (small traditional shipyard for fishing vessels) occupy one end of the small (about the size of a football field) island. At the center of the island is the Tzanetaki’s Tower (built circa 1700) and even some prehistoric ruins can be seen a few yards away.
Kusadasi is a charming fishing village and resort on the Turkish coast.It is also the port for the ancient ruins of Ephesus, once a city of 250,000 inhabitants. The town overlooks the most beautiful inlet of the Aegean Sea and is a pure delight for the discerning traveler.
Portugal is for explorers. Its valiant seamen first charted the Azores, discovered Japan, and unlocked the major sea routes the world over. Now you can share the anticipation they must have felt as you explore this exciting city.
You’ll discover an 8th-century Moorish castle, quaint cafes and a palm-studded coastline. The Alfama district is a maze of narrow, twisting streets, whitewashed houses, flowered balconies, archways, terraces and courtyards that charm your socks off. (And if you can find your way out of this dizzying array, 20th-century Lisbon is just as intoxicating.)
Of course, if you’d rather play by the sea, the Portuguese Riviera lies just outside town, offering something for everyone, from sun, sand and surf to thrilling casinos. Lisbon is a vast garden abounding with flowers and tropical plants. The city’s appeal lies in the magnificent vistas from its many belvederes and in the tree-lined avenues and squares decorated with mosaic pavements.
Maó-Mahón, or Mahon, is the capital city of the island of Minorca (Menorca), off the Mediterranean coast of Spain. It offers one of the largest natural harbors in the world.
Minorca is home to one of the most respected dairy plants in Europe, where the well-known Mahón cheese is produced. Some believe the city is also the birthplace of mayonnaise.
Popular options for visitors to this vibrant town include shopping, with choices ranging from stylish boutiques to fascinating fish markets, experiencing the town’s colonial past and diverse architecture, and taking a ride on the Mahon Express train to see the sights of the city from a different point of view.
Resting along Andalusia’s bright Costa del Sol is the picturesque port of Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso. At the Malaga Cathedral see the natural wood carvings of artist Pedro de Mena and visit the Gibralfaro Castle. Then continue on to the ancient city of Granada, high into the Sierra Nevada mountains. Here lies the spectacular Alhambra, the grand
fortress of the last Moorish rulers of Spain and one of the largest structures in the world. Inside is Isabella’s priceless collection of European paintings. The Granada Cathedral is the site where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella are buried along with their daughter.
Malta, (môl´te) officially Republic of Malta, republic (1995 est. pop. 370,000), 122 sq mi (316 sq km), in the Mediterranean Sea S of Sicily, comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo (Ghawdex), and Comino (Kemmuna). Valletta is the capital. The economy is supported by tourism, light industry, agriculture, and shipbuilding. The polyglot population is a mixture of Arab, Sicilian, Norman, Spanish, Italian, and English. Maltese (a Semitic language) and English are the official languages, but
Italian is widely spoken. Roman Catholicism is the state religion. Malta is governed by a unicameral parliament, a prime minister, and a cabinet.
The farthest finger of the Peloponnese. The Laconic gulf on the west, the Mirtoo Sea on the east. Along both coasts and at some distance from the sea there are scattered villages. One beach after another and then another even larger. Everything baked by the sun and basted by the sea. On the southern coast of the peninsula, looking onto the Mirtoo Sea stands the former Byzantine-Venetian fortress-state of Monemvassia, on its rocky promontory. From afar it looks as if it
could be an island. In Greek Monemvassia means one entrance: the long causeway joining it to the mainland was and is the only access to the rock. Castles and ramparts, old mansions, little houses, narrow lanes paved with stone slabs, churches with crumbling facades, old low archways, and semi-destroyed stairways.
Ah, the French Riviera…is yours for the taking, for a few hours anyway, when you leave the town of Villefranche to tour Monaco, Monte Carlo,St.-Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, and the Grand Corniche.
Monaco is one of the smallest nation’s of the World and Monte Carlo is its city with the Palace place on top of a high rock overlooking the city, the quaint port and the Meditteranean Sea. The small town and Palace area are a must. Plan to spend at least half of a day exploring the many shops along the narrow streets and enjoy the views from the Palace grounds.
Monte-Carlo was founded in 1866 during the reign of Charles III,who gave it his name. This area includes the world famous Casino, great hotels and the recently completed recreational centers consisting of the Centenaire gardens, the Larvotto beach and the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.
Mykonos is the most chic and sophisticated of all the Greek Islands–instantly recognized by its glittering crescent of white-washed houses lining an azure bay. The beaches here are unspoiled and inviting, especially along Plati Tialos Bay. Miniature churches, lazy windmills, and tiny cafes serving up Greek specialties line the streets. Sample the freshest squid or lobster just snatched from the blue Aegean Sea, or shop for typical flokati rugs.
Palma de Mallorca
In Palma, they say, the sun shines every day. This sun-splashed port in the Balearic Islands is what Mediterranean vacationing is all about. Since time immemorial, the famous and not so famous have found their private paradise in Mallorca. Palma’s grand cathedral presides over a wide harbor, packed with yachts, and the pretty old town, filled with happy fun-seekers.
The northernmost of the Dodecanese islands, Patmos is a rocky island steeped in history. Between the harbor and the hilltop village of Chora lies the cave where St. John wrote the book of Revelations. Select a tour of the cave and monastery where the library and treasury contain priceless manuscripts and jeweled robes. Or enjoy an inside look at Patmos that features the Russian and Turkish antiques housed in the 300-year-old House of Simandiris and the ceramic works of the artist Zoras.
Port Vendres is an old natural harbour that welcomes trade vessels, fishing and yachting boats. It has 3 basins: the outer harbour with 7 to 9 m of water, the Old Port with 3 to 6 m of water, and the new Darse with 5 to 7 m of water. The trade is on the Quai de la Republique and the Quai de la Presqu’ile, with two wagons in the South-Eastern part.
A popular cruise line port, Portoferraio is a spectacular spot on the Italian coast and principal town of Elba Island.
Claimed by Italy as the world’s finest small port, Portofino is famous for its beautiful views. Here in the Liguria province, fine dining is elevated to an art, and one of the area’s finest products is its rare olive oil.
From charming boutiques and cafes to the delightful little church San Giorgio, there’s plenty to do and see in beautiful Portofino. You might start with a stroll up to the old castle, which overlooks the picturesque harbor.
Rhodes (rodz) or Ródhos, island (1981 pop. 40,392), c.540 sq mi (1,400 sq km), Greece, in the Aegean Sea, near Turkey; largest of the Dodecanese island group. Its fertile coastal areas produce wheat, tobacco, cotton, and olives. Tourism and fishing are important. Colonized by Dorians before 1000 B.C., it reached its height as a commercial and cultural center in the 4th-3d cent. B.C. Julius Caesar studied at its renowned school of rhetoric. After its decline, Rhodes was an ally of Rome. Captured (1204) from the Byzantine Empire during the Crusades, it was held by the Knights Hospitalers (1282-1522) and the Ottoman Turks before it was taken by Italy in 1912. In 1947 it was ceded to Greece. The famed Colossus of Rhodes (see under colossus), a statue erected (292-280 B.C.) by the citizens of the ancient capital
city of Rhodes, was destroyed by an earthquake in 224 B.C.
Rome wasn’t built in a day…but you can tour it in just over 10 hours. A teeming anthill of humanity and antiquity intermingled with awful traffic jams, Rome grew up on the Tiber (“Fiume Tevere”) among seven low hills that rise from the river’s soggy eastern banks. It’s a city of many peeling layers of history, of which the bottom layer–that of the earliest Roman centuries–is the most interesting and still astonishingly whole. The hub of this layer is the Palatine Hill, the Forum, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus.
On the western bank is the Citta Vaticana, the independent papal city where the Pope blesses pilgrims from all over the world. Neighboring Trastevere (“Across the Tiber”) is a mix of Roman, Greek and Jewish subcultures, great for little restaurants and nightlife. Further north on the other bank is “vecchia Roma,” medieval Rome of the Pantheon and Piazza Navona; Renaissance Rome is centered south of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Commercial Rome is the city of the Via del Corso, the Piazza del Popolo, the controversial Victor Emmanuel monument and finally the Stazione Termini, the nexus for all trains and roads from Rome.
Santorini is perhaps the most naturally alluring of all the Greek islands. Thousands of years of volcanic activity have created steep cliffs that rise above the ocean’s edge and a spectacular jagged coastline that forms a striking bay. One of the highlights of Santorini is the archaeological site of Akrotiri, discovered in 1967 under a thick blanket of pumice. This remarkably well-preserved Minoan site, dating back to the Bronze Age, reveals the advanced lifestyle of the early Greeks. In the nearby village of Megalochori visit the Boutari Winery, where Assyrtico grapes produce a rare white wine.
Come back to Sorrento and “O sole mio” are probably two of the most famous songs in the world. Amidst the colour and noise of all the small towns fringing the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a haven of peace and quiet with its orange groves and in its associations with history and art. This small town is built on a cliff top that plummets down into the limpid blue sea and looks across to Capri. Torquato Tasso was born here, and the Tarantella is danced here as nowhere else. The Correale Museum is well worth a visit: it is beautifully situated and has a rich collection of furniture, paintings and porcelains.
The capital city of Valleta is an historic walled city, dating from the Renaissance. Its current population is less than 10,000 inhabitants, and it is built on a rocky peninsula that separates Grand Harbor from Marsamxett Harbor.
As you approach the city over the bridge from the Italian mainland, you leave behind terra firma and, with it, earthbound notions of how to see and experience a city. Venice is not solely the spill of churches and palazzi on either side of the Grand Canal, but rather a city of islands, 118 in all, some of which are little more than the weedy, humps you see in the Lagoon of Venice. And yet these mud flats provided haven for the people who fled here (without benefit of a bridge) from Huns, Visigoths, and other marauders in the fifth century. And those refugees gave birth to a culture that ripened into a thousand years of greatness.
As you near the end of the bridge, you see at first only the back side of the city itself. But in the time it takes to walk through the train station, you begin to hear sounds peculiarly Venetian–the low rumble of boat motors, a humid incubation of voices, water lapping insistently against wood and stone. And then Venice confers her greatest gift: No matter how many times you’ve been here, it always seems, in that first glimse, like the first time.
If you are smart, you will immediately start a tour down the Grand Canal by hopping on a vaporetto (water bus) or gondola or water taxi. If you are lucky, it will be during those few hours before sunset when the light shines most kindly on the venerable facades that line this liquid boulevard. If you are particularly observant, you might even notice that neither the light nor the colors are quite Italian, not like the tawny earth tones of Florence or Rome.
The canal is a murkey green, the palazzi a mix of faded, grimy sherbets–watermarked mint and sun-blanched apricot and deep overripe peach. Sunlight shatters into spangles on the water, gondolas knife bach and forth, the Rialto Bridge looms overhead, and then, beyond one final curve, the Palladian church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Campanile (bell tower) of San Marco come into view.
Piazza san Marco is Venice’s grand salon–expansive, familiar, picturesque, pigeonesque. It is anchored at its eastern extreme by the Basilica di San Marco, which is not only the spiritual seat of Venice’s patron saint but also one of the most glittering monuments of Christendom.
Zadar is located on the Adriatic Sea, west of the Dalmatia Mountains.