This fabulous photo of Star Clipper was shared on Instagram by user gerpongo. Here the four-masted tall ship is at port at Porto Ortigina, Syracuse, Sicily.
The cruise port of the island of Menorca is Mahon (Mao). It’s one of the largest and deepest natural harbors in the world. The distance from the coastline to the docking area is more than 5 km.
It’s spectacular to enter Mahon by cruise ship, and a port stop today on the Royal Clipper’s 5 night voyage, which started in Malaga, and made stops in Mallorca and Menorca.
The Magic of Minorca: Guests can choose to join a bus tour through Monte Toro; at 357m above sea level it is the highest point on the island and the views are stunning, and on a clear day you can even see Mallorca. The site is considered to be the spiritual center of Minorca and has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th century. The tour also takes guests to Taula de Torralba, a pre-historical talaiotic settlement dating from 2000-1000 BC.
– Mountain Bike tours are also offered with routes that have been created along some of the oldest trails on the island, dating back to the first settlement.
– Hiking and Kayaking in S’ Albufera Nature Park, the park covers the wetlands, enclosed by a system of dunes and a river that flows into the sea. Many beaches in the park can only be reached by sea, so kayakers enjoy the rare privilege of seeing stretches of empty white sand even during the peak season.
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Hvar, Croatia, a.k.a. “the island of natural beauty” is well known for its mild climate and lush subtropical vegetation as well as its cultural and historical monuments. It is the sunniest and most luxurious of all Croatian destinations and, along with Dubrovnik, the most popular tourist town.
Hvar is also famed for the lilac lavender fields that dot its interior, as well as for other aromatic plants such as rosemary and heather. You’ll find that some of the really deluxe hotels use skin-care products made out of these gorgeous-smelling herbs.
Head to shore and enjoy one of Star Clippers’ fabulous excursions which include hiking, touring the island by jeep, or jetting out to the Palenki Islands!
Have you visited Hvar in the past? Share your tips in the comments!
Sailing is a great adventure, but so is reading! In between Star Clippers outings enjoy a fabulous tale of travel to take you away. In honor of World Book Day here’s a list (in no particular order) of some favorite travel and adventure books to spark your wanderlust!
Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck
The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
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On this Earth Day we celebrate clean, green travel!
Star Clippers’ major source of energy — wind propulsion— is both abundant and emission free! Operating the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, Star Clippers sails under wind power whenever possible. This enables guests to experience a true tall ship sailing experience and the line to reduce its carbon footprint. Read the rest of this entry »
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