Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

Civitavecchia is located in the province of Rome, city and seaport, stopover of all major cruise companies, port that also serves Corsica and Sardinia. There is Fort Michelangelo whose upper part of the ‘maschio’ towers was designed by Michelangelo. The structure has 4 towers with a diameter of 21m and the walls are between 6 and 7.6m thick. The St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral was built by the Franciscans on a small existing church. There is a remarkable statue that all those who visit the city will always have in memory, with a height of 9 meters, it shows us a sailor kissing a nurse who reminds us the image of Times Square at the end of the Second War world which had been immortalized by a photo-journalist.

Tips

If you want to enjoy an excursion to Rome and the Vatican it is possible, tit takes almost 90 minutes by car. You could also take the train (1h06).

If you are cruising, the best option would be to take their excursion because you might run out of time and not arrive in time for the departure of the ship.

If you like the terms, you will find an archaeological site ‘Taurine Terms’ a few kilometers from the city and if you want to take a bath, go to the terms of Ficoncella (ancient Roman terms that still work). You could  take a taxi to get there.

If you just want to have a quiet holiday, the city offers you a sea promenade with some beaches and a calm sea, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy having a good meal or the boutiques to do some shopping.

Iguazú Falls, Argentina

The Iguazú Falls, located in the middle of the rainforest, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, very close to the junction with Paraguay, is a UNESCO World Heritage natural wonder. In Guaraní, Iguazú means ‘great waters’. They are 17km north of Port Iguazú and 1350km from Buenos Aires. There is a national park on the Argentine side and another park on the Brazilian side. It is a set of 275 waterfalls of about 3 km, the best known is ‘The Garganta del diablo’ (Devil’s Throat) which is U-shaped and 700 meters long, 150m wide and 82 m high. The set of cascades pours up to 6 million liters of water per second. The majority of the falls are on the Argentine side and there are several tours that allow us to approach up to a few meters from the falls. The circuits were built in the middle of the forest and below the branches of the river (Paranà river whose Iguazú river is a tributary). A train takes you to different points of visit. In the parks there are over 2000 floral species, 400 bird species, and a wide variety of mammals, reptiles and insects. Many filmmakers from around the world have chosen this wonderful place to shoot their films.

Tips

It is a great place to visit in a long weekend but if you can not take several days, at least dedicated 2 full days to the falls to have the opportunity to visit both sides, it’s worth it! The bigger park is in Argentina since the falls are almost all in Argentina but the vision you can have of the whole Brazilian side is simply breathtaking.

Do not miss the boat trip to get even closer to the falls. Of course you are going to get wet but it is a beautiful feeling and the sound of the falls is sometimes deafening. You will not regret for a second this experience.

If you are allergic to insects, wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants but a cool fabric because it is almost always warm and it is quite humid. It’s best to wear sport shoes to better walk the circuits and not to slide in wet places.

It is not recommended to feed the animals. One of them; the coati, who is quite accustomed to the tourist and always approaches knowing that people always tend to give them something. Try not to change their natural habitat.

Carlingford Lough, Ireland

Carlingford Lough is a glacial fjord or sea inlet that forms part of the border between Northern Ireland to the north and the Republic of Ireland to the south. County Down is on its northern shore backed by the Mourne Mountains and County Louth is on its southern shore. It is fed by the Newry River and the Newry Canal at its extreme interior angle. The area is half way between Dublin and Belfast and it’s a very popular tourist destination. Rambling, hillwalking and climbing are popular activities to do there. You can find hotels, B&Bs, self-catering holiday cottages, and campsites and of course local bars and small restaurants there where you can also have information about the festivals that take place and that are usually free. It is also an important bird area.

Tips

You can have very beautiful scenic drives there. You can also find forest parks and lots of trails and footpaths to walk.
Enjoy and take a cruise on one of several tour vessels that operate from Omeath, Warrenpoint and Carlingford (june, July, August).
Informal entertainment is widely available throughout the year in hotels and bars.