Spain

Exploring Barcelona

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Spain on November 16, 2011

 
 

In my humble opinion, Barcelona is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Europe. Many Mediterranean sailings depart from or conclude at its excellent, state-of-the-art cruise ship complex, so visitors frequently have the opportunity to spend a few days visiting this incredible destination before or after their shipboard adventures. There is literally so…

 

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Spain on November 16, 2011

 
 

Principal city of the largest of the Balearic Islands, Palma is surely also one of the most upscale, chic resort retreats of the Mediterranean. The waterfront is lined with luxury hotels and apartment buildings, and I doubt whether I’ve ever seen a port filled with so many (literally thousands) of high-end sailing and motor yachts….

 

The Andalusian Coast’s Malaga

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Spain on November 16, 2011

 
 

  On a relaxing cruise along the Mediterranean coast, I discovered Malaga. A popular tourist destination and the largest city on the Andalusian Coast, Malaga is home to roughly 670,000 residents. If one comes by ship, it is also the usual gateway to ancient Granada and the world-famous palace of Alhambra, the last Muslim stronghold…