Sep 222010

Here’s the excursion in the port of Malaga, where we arrive on the 19th October:-

Discover the maze of white-washed streets that make up the enchanting hilltop town of Mijas. The ‘jewel’ of the Costa Del Sol.

Leaving the vibrant city of Malaga, the coach will head west through the Guadalhorce Valley – the most fertile valley of Malaga, packed full with lemons, oranges and olive plantations before arriving at Mijas. A typical Andalucian village, perched high above Fuengirola, Mijas enjoys spectacular views of the coast and surrounding heavily wooded mountains. Wander through the narrow, cobble-stoned streets of this pretty village and you will see why artists are attracted to this place, with its wonderful panoramic views over the Mediterranean.

You’ll have some free time to browse at leisure through the narrow cobble-stoned streets. Take a look inside the local craft and souvenir shops, many of which display the colourful, local pottery, or enjoy a spot of people watching whilst you enjoy a cool drink in a local café.

P&O also posted the following ‘essential information’.

The tour involves a moderate level of activity and involves paved but uneven footpaths. This tour is not recommended for passengers who suffer vertigo due to the route taken.

Meander through Mijas

Aug 072010

We leave Malaga and sail east, arriving at the Greek port of Zakinthos after a further 3 mights at sea. Disembarking at Zakinthos will be all the more fun because we will land by tender rather than gang plank. We spend a full day in this part of Greece before setting sail in the evening for our third port.

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Malaga to Zakinthos

Aug 072010

The first leg of our cruise to Venice sees us leave our port of departure (Southampton), sail across the Bay of Biscay and then travel south following the Portuguese coastline (which won’t be visible form the ship). We will pass through the Straight of Gibraltar and arrive at the Spanish port of Malaga after 3 nights at sea. We have a full day here before setting sail on the 2nd leg.

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Southampton to Malaga

Aug 042010

A gateway to so many Andalucian attractions and Costa del Sol resorts, Spanish cruise port Malaga stands out in its own right as a vibrant destination with its own unique character.

This second city of Andalucia has many Moorish influences, seen at their best in the stunning Alcazaba. Built on the site of a Roman fortress between the 8th and 11th Centuries, the castle’s huge walls and fortified gates ensure a grand entrance.  Inside, a restored Roman amphitheatre now acts as an outdoor entertainment centre.

Immediately behind the Alcazaba and rising high above the city with spectacular views, are the ruins of the 14th century Moorish castle, Gibralfaro.

Malaga-born Picasso is recognised with a history of the artist’s life at the city’s fascinating Picasso Foundation.

(the above is an excerpt from the P&O website, August 2010)