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southampton observer's Port Reviews of Lisbon,, Sete, Barcelona
Adonia cruise in April 2013
Member Name: southampton observer
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: southampton observer's Adonia Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Smaller ship docked at Apolonia which gave easy pedestrian access to Alafama although there are steep climbs up to the Cathedral and Castle.

Although shuttle was provided it was a comfortable 15 min walk to the centre of Lisbon from the dock.

Pleasant city centre well worth a visit.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Docked right next to town. Easy flat walk to very French town centre. Don't miss the vibrant outdoor food market in the morning. Sit and have coffee and Ricard at one of the many cafes by the Royal Canal.

If you fancy a challenging climb go up to Mont St Clair. Views fabulous and while you are up there visit church Notre Dame de la Salute with ceiling frescoes. Wimps could take a taxi and walk down.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Been to Barcelona recently for long weekend but still enjoyed short stay.

HINT Buy a T10 ticket at any Metro station from an automated machine for under 10E. It can be used by a couple for 2 X 5 journeys on the bus or metro/funicular. We were warned about Pickpockets etc but with sensible precautions travel on the metro didn't appear in anyway threatening. We would use it again without hesitation but with care.

We explored Mont Juic. Use the Funicular to get up.

The 12E entrance to MNAC (Art Gallery) was worth every cent: fantastic frescos and Modernista furniture.

A bus up to the castle gives fine views over the port and the city.

We had some spare time and spare T10 journeys, so we used the metro to revisit

Sagrada Familia and see how much more has been added to the work in progress.

Finally a metro back to the top of Las Ramblas. Walk down to Columbus statue. If you are with a sensible cruise line, one third of the way down on the left is a Carrefour which sells very reasonably priced alcoholic beverages.

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