7 Night Mediterranean
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Ajaccio lies about 150 miles (240 km) south of Nice, and is located on the island of Corica. It is an unspoiled city with a blend of French and Italian cultures. Ajaccio is famed for being the birthplace of Napoleon and a charming Mediterranean resort. Explore the spacious squares, narrow streets and little cafes of the town; then venture to the sandy beaches, chestnut woods and deep pine forests that cover more than half the island.
The airport for Puerto La Cruz in northeast on the Caribbean. Isla de Margarita is off the coast.
Fairy-tale houses that look like chanterelle mushroomw. Alberobello’s little round houses with the cone-topped roofs are called trulli – and they are truly unique. Their origins are ancient – some date from 3000 B.C. And they are only found here.
Located on the southeast tip of Italy.
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.
Today the port of Civitavecchia has the advantage of being the Italian “stepping stone to the Mediterranean” thanks to its excellent weather conditions and ideal geographical location.
From Civitavecchia it is a train ride to almost anywhere in Italy and a quick jaunt to Sardinia. Its position has helped make it the main national coastal shipping port.
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).
The birthplace of Christopher Colombus, Genoa is located in northwestern Itlay at the arm of the Ligurian Sea. It is an important industrial central for northwest Italy.
Crete’s biggest, bustling and noisy city. Cafes, clubs, designer shops and many cultural centres. The most important of Crete’s Archaeological museums, wonderful museum of Natural History and others. Nearby Palace of Knossos, frequency of flights, ferries and access to other islands. Many nearby contrasts in pace and aesthetics – mountain villages, beaches and clubs at Amoudara or Malia/Hersonisos. Great base for shorter routes to south coast destinations such as Agia Gallini, Matala and Lentas.
Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. Its capital Ibiza Town has always been a magnet of the trendy set.
As far back as the 7th century BC, the Carthaginians set up a colony here. You can see the strange ruins of their tombs cut into solid rock at the Puig de Molins. Nowadays, the bodies hang out at cafes and discos along the narrow, winding streets of d’Alt Vila (Old Town) part of Eivissa. Fashionable shoppers, yachties, artists and rich hippies mingle in an atmosphere that tolerates almost anything except tan lines.
Elsewhere on the island, beautiful beaches cut by high craggy headlands covered with juniper and rosemary-scented maquis offer serenely lovely vistas of the blue Mediterranean.
Livorno (also known as Leghorn), is situated on the Tyrrhenian coast at the southern edge of the Arno alluvial plain and is an important commercial and industrial center and port. It was founded on a former auxiliary Pisan port between 1576 and the early 17th century, on the orders of the Grand Duke Cosimo I who made it Tuscany’s main outlet to the sea after the Pisan port was filled in. Originally constructed to a pentagonal design and with a still visible orthogonal street system, the town grew in the 19th century; it suffered serious damage during the last War and now has a modern appearance.
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.
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.
France’s second city and a major seaport, Marseille is an important industrial center and produces many food products. It is the oldest French town, settled by Phonecians, Greeks and annexed by Rome in 49 B.C. During the Crusades, Marseilles was a commercial center and transit port for the Holy Land. Taken by Charles I of Anjou, it was absorbed by Provence and bequeathed to the French crown in 1481. It grew as a port in the 19th century, with the opening of the Suez Canal and the conquest of Algeria. It is known for its great avenue, the Canebière, and for the Chateau d’If, a castle in its harbor.
Today Marseille is France’s largest port and is as warm as the sun on the south of France. An ethnic stew of French, Arabic, and Italian cultures, Marseille’s slightly risque charm appeals to those who love the spice of a real melting pot. Nearby is the gracious Aix-en-Province. At the home and studio of Paul Cezanne, you can revisit the birth of impressionism exactly a century ago.
A good-size town located near the northeastern coast of Sicily. At the Museo Nazionale there are fine paintings by Antonello da Messina, and Caravaggio.
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.
Lava, spewing from a live volcano–no, you won’t see this in Naples, Italy, and you’re lucky, because the last folks in these parts who witnessed such an event were the natives of Pompeii, who were buried under 30 feet of ash and pumice stone in AD 79. You can, however, visit the beautifully preserved remains of this unfortunate city on a short tour from Naples.
There’s much more to Naples, of course. This picturesque city is one of the great cultural centers, full of extraordinary works of art and architecture in the classical Greek and Roman styles.
Naples, on its justly famous blue bay, is the great city of the south. Located on the southwest coast of Italy, south of Rome. The Amalfi Drive to the south arguably is the world’s most scenic motor route. Naples enjoys a very dry and warm climate year around.
Palermo, capital of Sicily, the most ancient island kingdom in Italy, wears a veneer of modernity, but just underneath you’ll find the old city, teeming with life in every tiny nook and cranny. In lively cafes and shops selling pungent strings of garlic and cheeses, you’ll find the Italy of old. Banks of old women dressed in ubiquitous black murmur incantations in the enormous, light-pierced cathedral. Palermo’s puzzle of new and old is fascinating.
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 port city of Piraeus is the ancient gateway to Athens. Here, stand atop the historic Acropolis in the shadow of the Parthenon, visit the ancient Agora and the Temple of Zeus, then view the Palace’s Evzone Guards at attention. Window shop around Constitution Square or travel to Corinth and Mycanae.
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.
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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.
Zakinthos, also called Zante, is among one of the Ionian Islands located west of Greece.
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