Athens and the route of the Phoenicians Cruise
Follow the maritime routes traced by the Phoenicians with Pullmantur
The Phoenicians were pioneers in the development of never before seen navigation techniques. Quickly, they became expert ship builders and were able to launch magnificent merchant ships with a large cargo capacity, as well as boats with which to explore far-off coasts. This Athens and the Phoenician Route Cruise aspires to retrace their steps and recreate one of their epic voyages through the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, heading out from Piraeus, the port of Athens, our linked to the classical period.
Our take-off port provides you with a unique opportunity to get to know the city of Athens, an environment that includes the most ancient classical Greek ruins, with outstanding architectural examples that include the Parthenon and the Acropolis, which form a perfect tandem together with the amazing National Archaeological Museum. From the highest part of this historic esplanade you'll enjoy panoramic views of the entire Greek metropolis. Other important places in Athens are the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, along with its Tribune of the Caryatids, which features striking columns sculpted in the form of six tall maidens.
Afterwards, your Pullmantur cruise heads to Chania. This magical place is the products of a mix of different cultures, the unexpected benefit of the numerous invasions that took place here over the course of this land's history. This illustrious past provides for an unparalleled tourist environment. Among the main attractions of Chania is the Mosque of the Janissaries, famed for its huge dome, the Splantziá District, clearly influenced by Turkish architecture, and the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, an ideal place for disconnection amongst the vineyards.
Visit Valletta and Cagliari, two iconic sites in Malta and Sardinia
Next, we head to Valletta, the current capital of Malta, which stands out as a curious and small city that spans but on kilometre in length by another in width. Its spectacular history has led it to earn UNESCO World Heritage City designation. While in Valletta, make sure to visit Republic Street, one of the busiest within its urban centre, the Palace of the Grand Master and the imposing Cathedral of Saint John. Don't miss out on the chance to also visit the Merchants Boulevard and the Palace of Saint Anthony, which is currently the residence of the country's president.
In addition to these sights, the island of Malta is also known internationally for its large number of museums, including the National War Museum, which is the most popular within the city, the National Archaeological Museum and the National Museum of Fine Arts. All of them feature spectacular collections that detail the evolution of the history of Malta. Next, this Athens and the Phoenician Route cruise takes us to Cagliari, the largest city in Sardinia and its capital for several centuries, located on the southern coast of the island.
Among all that there is to see in Cagliari the San Michele Castle especially stands out. Built in the 14th century, it now functions as an art museum. Also worth visiting is the Roman Amphitheatre, which dates back to the 2nd century, where gladiators once fought against vicious beasts, and the Tower of Saint Pancrazio, 130 meters tall, from which you can enjoy stunning views of the city. Make sure to also take a stroll along Via Garibaldi and Via Manno, two important commercial arteries where all kinds of brands and traditional products are sold, and visit the San Benedetto Market, recognized as the largest commercial area in all of Italy.
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From eastern to southern Spain: what to visit in Cartagena and Malaga
As you cruise through the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, you will eventually reach Spain's eastern coast, specifically the historic city of Cartagena, in the Region of Murcia. The city was founded in 227 B.C. and owes its current name to the Romans, who named it Cartago Nova after defeating the Carthaginians. Once your Pullmantur cruise docks here you can see examples of Spanish architecture from different periods, ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, with numerous neoclassical examples as well. The most important landmark in the city is the Roman Theatre, as well as the Casa de la Fortuna, a complete house dating back to the 1st century B.C., Concepción Castle, and the Roman Amphitheatre and Forum.
Since the end of the 19th century, Cartagena has been one of the cities with the largest populations in south-eastern Spain, due, above all, to the development of the mining industry and the establishment of a solid bourgeois class. It is precisely this group of the population that ordered the construction of the great majority of the Modernist style buildings in Cartagena, amongst which are the Aguirre Palace, the Casa Llagostera and the Casa Cervantes, all designed by the noted architect Víctor Beltrí. Finally, you will continue sailing from the Murcian coast onto the port of Malaga, an ideal setting to disembark this Pullmantur cruise.
This Andalusian city has always implicitly carried a recognizable tourist-friendly character, thanks to its various beaches, towns and surroundings that give life to the beautiful Costa del Sol. Without a doubt, Malaga has become one of the main destinations for foreigners traveling within Spain. Among its most prominent landmarks are the famous Larios Street, the geographic and sentimental centre of the city, the Palace of the Counts of Buenavista, which dates back to the 16th century and currently houses the Picasso Museum, the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Victory, inside which there is a small chapel that is recognized as a jewel of the Andalusian Baroque style, and Paseo de la Alameda, one of the most enchanting enclaves in Malaga.