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Setting sail from Nice (Villefranche)
Nice enjoys a marvellous setting on one of the most glorious stretches of the Côte d'Azur, the sweeping Bay of Angels, so it's no wonder that tourists have been flocking here since the 19th century. A stroll along the waterfront Promenade des Anglais, flanked by palm trees on one side and the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean on the other, is the quintessential Niçois experience, and one we'll never tire of. Do try and make some time to explore the old town as well though; it's a maze of wonderfully winding streets, some of which may be barely wide enough to squeeze through after that hearty seafood lunch!
Buy a Nice Riviera Pass from the tourist office which gets you free access to many museums and historical places both in and around Nice, not to mention a ride on the open-topped bus!
This tiny village on the Ligurian coast must be one of the most photographed spots in Italy, and no wonder; brightly coloured houses cling to the hillside overlooking a delightfully picturesque little harbour, where fishing boats gently bob alongside luxury yachts.
Italy: Portoferraio (Elba)
The island of Elba, just off the Tuscan coast, is where Napoleon Bonaparte was famously forced to live in exile between 1814-15. It’s hard to feel too sorry for him, though; the views from his plush Villa dei Mulini, situated high above the town of Portoferraio, are quite spectacular.
Italy: Rome (Civitavecchia)
One of the world’s great cities, Rome continues to dazzle and delight visitors with a potent mix of architectural marvels, continent-defining history and buzzing nightlife. The Colosseum, the Vatican and the Forum are among the big ticket items, with the crowds to match, though in truth you will find history around almost every corner.
Bonifacio sits atop brilliant white limestone cliffs on the southern tip of Corsica, with the harbour down below filled with fishing boats and glitzy yachts. The town's history as a Genoese stronghold, along with its proximity to Sardinia, means that the Italian influence is strong here.
Spain: Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca is renowned for its beaches, ranging from big, bustling resorts to small, secluded coves. The island interior offers ruggedly beautiful scenery and quaint little towns, while the charming capital, Palma, boasts an attractive old quarter dominated by the imposing Gothic cathedral.
Although Ibiza is best known as a hedonistic party island, it’s easy to give the clubbers a swerve and discover the White Isle’s mellower side. The island boasts some spectacularly beautiful coastline, and the fortified Old Town (Dalt Vila) is UNESCO listed.
Arriving in Málaga
Málaga has at times had its reputation dragged down by association with the overdevelopment and high rise horrors of the Costa del Sol, which is a great shame, as there is plenty to satisfy the discerning traveller. The labyrinthine historic centre is right next to the cruise port, and has been given something of a makeover in recent years. Nowadays there are plenty of chic restaurants and bars where you can ease into the rhythms of life in southern Spain, before exploring sights including the intriguing, unfinished Gothic cathedral, and a museum devoted to Málaga's most famous son, Pablo Picasso.
Merienda time! The Spanish eat late, so you’ll need to indulge in this late afternoon snack to keep you going until your evening meal.
Your home form home
Introduced to accompany Sea Cloud I, this three-masted barque tall ship enjoys the amenities of a modern cruise ship whilst remaining a quintessential windjammer.
What we love
A true sailing ship, Sea Cloud II has all of the tradition of the ship that inspired her, the original Sea Cloud. Suites and cabins have the feel of a traditional country home and on deck you can relax and watch the crew set sail, a wonderful spectacle that is much more than just a show.
|Crew||65 mostly German staff|
|Style||A style that is sure to impress even seasoned cruise-goers, it's elegant yachting roots are clear.|
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Where to stay in Nice
A Mundy favourite is the famous Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais, something of a museum in its own right.
See more of southern France
Travel out of Nice into Provence and visit the lovely villages such as Eze and St Paul de Vence.
Where to stay in Málaga
We love the Málaga Gibralfaro Parador, in the old quarter with views over the harbour.
Travel north to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, an unmissable example of Moorish architecture in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.