Costa Pacifica | Western Mediterranean – Valencia, Spain

The first stop during my four nights mini cruise was the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain. It is the third largest city in the country and the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia. Founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, Valencia is these days the fifth busiest container port in whole Europe and attracts millions and millions of visitors every year. It is famous for its rich and diverse architectural styles such as the gorgeous historic downtown area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the futuristic City of Art and Sciences (which was the set for a Star Trek movie). Or maybe you have heard of the annual Tomato fight called La Tomatina which is held in the close town of Bunol? Continue reading

Costa Pacifica | Western Mediterranean – Day 1: Barcelona

Day 1: Boarding Costa Pacifica

If you asked me if I would take a Costa mini cruise in May in the Mediterranean, I would say: Hell yeah! Surely it is not a cruise in the style of Silversea, Windstar or Oceania, but having done over 41 cruises in total so far, I would almost go on any cruise and on any ship when I have the chance. Because in the end, they all float. Some a little more luxuriously and some in disco style, yet the feeling to be close to the ocean remains the same. Continue reading

Málaga | Mariposa Hotel

Located only 10 to 15 minutes walking distance to Málaga´s central train station, the Mariposa hotel offers stylish and contemporary accommodations at an affordable price close to the city´s main sights and not too far away from the port if you are looking for a pre or post cruise place to stay. Continue reading

Barcelona | Melia Sky Hotel

Ok, it may be a little off the beaten track for those of you who really want to stay downtown when visiting one of Europe´s most busiest metropolises. But everyone who has already spent the night in Barcelona knows, that staying in the heart of the city also asks for a compromise in terms of noise. Melia Sky is situated in the Poble Nou district close to CCIB conference center and in the heart of the Avenida Diagonal. Continue reading

Madrid | NH Collection Abascal

Having just been to Madrid on one of my recent trips, today I would like to introduce you to one of my most favourite boutique hotels in the Spanish capital. Continue reading