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    Must Visit Mediterranean Cruise Ports

    Mediterranean cruises are becoming increasingly more popular. There are more than a hundred ports served by a wide range of cruise lines. Here are some of the most interesting ports which you can visit:
    -Funchal:  The city of Funchal, the largest population of the Maderian archipelago, is named after the large amounts of fennel that grew wild. The city rises straight up from the sea to an altitude of almost 5000 feet.
     The city offers all year round good weather, stunning scenery, fantastic shopping opportunities for locally made crafts and embroidery plus a varied choice of activities such as vigorous hiking to placid contemplation of nature.     
    -Ajaccio: Located in the isle of Corsica, Ajaccio is one of the most picturesque ports that can be found in the whole Mediterranean. The island of Corsica was ruled by more than four centuries by the Genovese. The Italian influence can be appreciated in some of the street names and the local cuisine. However Ajaccio is quintessentially French as it is depleted with an array of patisseries and stylish fashion shops, the main caveat is the price tag of these shops.
    -Naples: The city offers striking architectural contrasts with elegant 18th century palaces standing next to Soviet style block of flats. The city offers a vibrant atmosphere combining cafes as chic as fashionable as the ones we would expect in Italian northern cities like Florence with traditional food stalls offering fresh vegetables or tripe.
    Without doubt the most famous attraction near Naples is the city of Pompeii. Located 15 miles southeast of Naples, Pompeii used to be a buoyant city till the eruption of the Mt Vesuvius which buried the whole city in ash.  The town was covered in ash till the 1860s were an excavation began revealing the city.
    -Palma de Mallorca: The capital of the Balearics Islands is a must see destination for all the architecture enthusiasts. It offers a delightful blend of Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance styles. Cruise voyagers can find an array of fountains, grand churches or old castles in its winding streets. The beaches are very close by the city and the water is tantalisingly clear.
    -Lanzarote: The northernmost of the Canary Islands offers sub- tropical climate with temperatures remaining stable throughout the whole year. The island is volcanic in its origin; some of areas of the island offer a lunar landscape as a matter of fact some parts of the science fiction saga of Planet of the Apes were filmed in Lanzarote. The island boasts interesting volcanic features such as the longest volcanic tunnel in the world which is over 7 km long and the volcano park at Timanfaya is the most popular attraction at the island.
    -Las Palmas: Though its scenery is not as dramatic as the one in Lanzarote, it is a prime destination for sun worshippers. The island enjoys warm weather all year round and boasts amazing beaches like “La Playa de Las Canteras” which is one of the longest beaches in the world.
    The ports palm tree lined streets are all clean and endowed with exuberant floral displays

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