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Wine Regions of Europe aboard Quest for Adventure

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Wine Regions of Europe aboard Quest for Adventure

1 Dover, England

Dover is situated at the mouth of a valley in the chalk uplands that form the famous white cliffs. A pre-Roman settlement existed on the site and, as Dubris, the place was important for Roman traffic with the European mainland.
The town’s strategic position on the south coast has been evident throughout its history. Archaeological digs in the area have revealed that the area has always been a focus for people entering and leaving Britain.
Bombed and shelled during World War Two, the shattered seafront was subsequently redeveloped after the war and is now the foremost passenger port in the United Kingdom.

2 St Malo, France

The ancient walled city of St-Malo is in Brittany in northwestern France.
St-Malo is considered by many to be the most attractive channel port in France and its cobbled streets are brimming with restaurants, bars and shops.
St Malo was originally in the Middle Ages a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance, controlling not only the estuary but also the open sea beyond.
Tall granite mansion blocks line the characterful lanes and squares, in turn enclosed by a complete circuit of massive ramparts. The modern harbour now connects the citadel to the mainland.

3 St Peter Port, Guernsey

With its magical mix of French and English culture, Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, temperate climate, fascinating history and rich natural heritage.
St Peter Port, the island’s bustling capital and the oldest community in the Channel Islands, lies on the east side, hugging the slopes that rise back from the sea so that the houses appear to be piled on top of one another. Endearingly quaint and well preserved, this pretty port has neat rows of Victorian, late-Georgian and Regency architecture, plus numerous cobbled streets and steep alleyways to explore.
Sleek yachts and fishing boats shelter in the harbour which is overlooked by 13th-century Castle Cornet, from where the noon-day gun is fired every day.

4 Lorient, France

Lorient, Brittany’s fourth largest city, lies on an immense natural harbour protected from the ocean by the Île de Groix.
During the last war, Lorient was a major target for the Allies, but the Germans held out until the very end and by the time they surrendered in May 1945, the city was almost completely destroyed. The only substantial remains were the U-boat pens, which have subsequently been expanded by the French for their nuclear submarines.
One of the biggest attractions at Lorient is the German submarine base that remains here from the Second World War.

5 Belle Île, France

Just as the name suggests, Belle Île, France is one of France’s most beautiful islands. It is located of Brittany coast and is Brittany’s largest island.
The two main ports are Le Palais and Sauzon .
The largest town of the island is Le Palais. The dramatic Vauban citadel here distinguishes and dominates the port.
Sauzon is known for its colorful houses and large port. It’s located on Belle-île’s northern coast. There are spectacular rock formations and it’s famed for Grotte de l’Apothicaire (Apothecary’s Cave), where waves crash in from two sides and where Phare des Poulains lighthouse is.

6 Bordeaux France

The 18th-century city of Bordeaux recently became a UNESCO World Heritage site and lies at the centre of one of France’s finest wine producing areas. The city’s wine heritage can be traced back to the Romans and the elegant city of today is the legacy of extensive rebuilding during the 18th century.
Bordeaux’s waterfront is lined with wine warehouses and along the quay lies an 18th-century square, home to the old Maritime Exchange. With its 11th-century cathedral, many museums, a grand theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, this fascinating city has a heritage worthy of exploration.
Exclusive private car service available from this port. A shuttle bus is provided in this port unless docked in the city centre.

7 Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is situated in the north-central part of Spain, some 14 kilometres south of the Bay of Biscay, where the estuary of Bilbao is formed.
The Zubizuri bridge, the Euskalduna Palace or the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum are some of the wonderful tourist attractions that shape the particular architectural and modern style that Bilbao has.

8 Gijon, Spain

A seaside town on the Cantabrico coastline (known in Spain as the Costa Verde), Gijón is a modern busy town with a big marina and plenty of Spanish history.
Gijón began as a fishing village nearly 3,000 years ago. Today the city is an important port on the Atlantic coast of Spain.
The historic fishing village known as Cimadevilla is located on a peninsula that divides the port in half. The village is the main tourist attraction of the city.
On the very edge of the penisula is a sculpture the size of a house, Eligio del Horizonte, or Praise of the Horizon. Another interesting place is the La Laboral public City of Culture.

9 La Coruña, Spain (for Santiago de Compostela)

The busy and proud port of La Coruña is perched on the north-western coast of Spain and is the capital city of the rugged and remote region of Galicia. Boasting a long maritime lineage, La Coruña is famous for being the departure point for Felipe II’s doomed Armada, which was defeated by the English in 1588.
It is also the final resting place of the British general, Sir John Moore. In keeping with its seafaring tradition, the port is also famous for the Torre de Hercules, Europe’s oldest functioning lighthouse.
The town itself is a pleasing mixture of handsome squares, impressive Romanesque churches and some of the most well-preserved 12th-century buildings in the region.

10 Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal

Ever since the Romans constructed a fort here and began using Oporto (known locally as Porto) as a trading post, the city has been a prosperous commercial centre.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Oporto benefited from the wealth generated by Portugal’s maritime discoveries, and later, the establishment of a lucrative wine trade with Britain compensated for the loss of the spice trade. Today, Portugal’s second-largest city is a thriving, cosmopolitan place and is famous for its production of port wine.
Its historic centre is UNESCO-protected and the city was even awarded the status of European City of Culture in 2001.

11 Lisbon, Portugal

Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the inspiring capital of Portugal since the 13th century when the Moors were finally vanquished.
It is a city strewn with majestic architecture, old wooden trams, historic Moorish features and more than twenty centuries of history.
Following disastrous earthquakes in the 18th century, Lisbon was rebuilt by the Marques de Pombal who created an elegant city with wide boulevards and a great riverfront and square, Praça do Comércio.

12 Malaga, Spain

As you sail to Malaga you will notice what an idyllic setting the city has on the famous Costa del Sol.
To the east of the capital, the coast along the region of La Axarqua is scattered with villages, farmland and sleepy fishing hamlets – the epitome of traditional rural Spain. To the west stretches a continuous city where the razzmatazz and bustle creates a colourful contrast which is easily recognisable as the Costa del Sol.
Surrounding the region, the Penibéetica mountains provide an attractive backdrop overlooking the lower terraced slopes which yield olives and almonds. This spectacular mountain chain shelters the province from cold northerly winds, giving it a reputation as a therapeutic and exotic place in which to escape from cold northern climes.
Malaga is the gateway to many enchanting Andalusia towns, most notably Granada where you can visit the Moorish Alhambra Palace.
A shuttle bus will be provided to the port gate only.

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