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Getting Around from the Mykonos Cruise Port

Your on a dream Mediterranean Cruise aboard one of the megaships that sail the seas these days and your ship is headed for Mykonos; what now? I know you're ready to hit the beaches, shops, and restaurants on this wonderful Greek Island.  But first you have to get off the ship and actually get to where you want to go.  Before you can do that you need to determine exactly where your ship is docking or if it's even docking at all. Cruise ships will either dock at the new Mykonos Cruise Port ...

Barcelona – 10 Things Not to Miss in Barcelona

Barcelona is the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region of Spain.  Barcelona is known for its architecture and art, and of course Catalan cuisine which is not the same as Spanish cuisine. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is blessed with sub-tropical climate and is pleasant year round.  It is a favorite port for cruise ships on the Med route.  It's a lively city filled with whimsical architecture, world class sports venues (it did host the 1992 Summer Olympic Games), ...

Naples, Italy – 5 Things You Can Do In a Day

Naples, Italy!  The birthplace of Pizza, home to a treasure trove of museums, an active volcano, and gateway to Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. I think many people consider Naples as just a city to pass through on their way to more glamorous destinations like Capri, Sorrento, Positano, and other towns along the stunning Amalfi Coast.  Of course all those towns are amazing, but Naples is a vibrant and amazing destination too!  You could spend a week in Naples and not see everything ...

Things to do in Katakolon

Where the heck is Katakolon and what can I see there?  This was my first thought the first time Katakolon was a port of call on a cruise we were on.  That was almost 10 years ago! First of all Katakolon is a small town with a port on Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula.  It's connected to the Greek mainland and is about 310 Km. from Athens.  It is a popular stop for cruise ships on the Greek Isles route. Cruise ship brochures describe it as "a sleepy little seaside village overlooking the ...

Inside Mykonos – Off the Beaten Track

When you think of Mykonos narrow streets, clear blue waters, and rows of whitewashed buildings come to mind. And you'd be correct, all these are the trademarks of this small island that's part of the Greek Cyclades Islands.  Mykonos is one of the best destinations for sun lovers and a popular stop for cruise ships on their Greek Isles route. I think everyone whose been to Mykonos is familiar with the island's main town Chora which many refer to as Mykonos Town. I'm sure you've strolled the ...

Inside Santorini – Off the Beaten Path

When we think of Santorini pictures of white washed houses with blue domes and pristine blue waters come to mind. I'm pretty sure everyone has seen pictures of the iconic churches located in the main town of Fira and the quaint village of Oia on the island of Santorini. Fira and Oia are probably the most visited towns on the island.  They're always bustling with tourists, specially when a cruise ship or two are anchored in the bay. There's no question they are beautiful towns and should ...

Things to Do on Corfu

Corfu, the second largest of Greece's Ionian Islands lies at at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. The island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and heavy rain fall during the short winters.  It is blessed with warm weather from March to October. According to archaeological findings the island has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age (70,000 to 40,000 B.C.) From about 300 B.C. Corfu was successively attacked and conquered by Spartans, Illyrians, and Romans. It ...

Rhodes – What to do in and around Old Town

Located in the eastern Aegean Sea just 11 miles southwest of Turkey is Rohdes.  It is the largest of Greece's Dodecanes islands. Rhodes is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe.  It boasts 300 days of sunshine every year.  Making it a popular destination for sun lovers and a popular port for cruise ships plying the the Greek Islands route. Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age and has a long and illustrious history.  It's most significant period was around 407 B.C. when three ...

Khios and the Mastic Villages

Khios is the capital and main port of the Greek island of Chios.  The island is located about 5 miles off the western coast of Turkey in the North Aegean Sea. This kidney shaped island is revered as the birth place of Homer and is the 5th. largest of the Greek Islands.  Like the whitewashed buildings and alleys of the famed Cyclades Islands, most notably Santorini and Mykonos, the island and its capital, Khios, boasts its own authentic character. One of its cultural distinctions revolves ...

5 Things to Do in Messina

Messina is a harbor city located on Sicily.  It is the third largest city on the island located just off the tip of the boot of Italy.  It is separated from the Itay's mainland by the Strait of Messina.  It has become a popular port of call for many cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean route. Colonized by the Greeks in the 8th. Century B.C. Messina was originally called Zancle because of its shape.  (Zancle means scythe in Greek.) Three centuries later it was renamed Messene in honor of ...