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Cruising the Mediterranean by tall ship

There’s something unbelievably majestic about a tall ship silently leaving port under sail for the deep blue of the ocean.

No motor noise fills the air, just the low burr of ropes pulling through winches as the captain directs his crew.

Following in the footsteps of ancient mariners, I’m cruising rugged Mediterranean coastlines from Athens to Malta with Star Clipper’s Star Flyer, exploring small ports in southern Greece and Sicily to finish in Malta.

It’s a world where century-old towns tumble down cliffs into picturesque harbours filled with yachts at anchor. Sailing on a tall ship with Star Clipper, the choice will be learning how to raise the sails or relaxing in the bowsprit net suspended over the startling blue sea.

It starts with an exploration of ancient Athens and finishes as I trace my heritage through the islands of Malta to a small street in Gozo where my grandfather was born.

Cruising the Mediterranean

The Sicily and Greece Star Flyer route leaves from Athens which gives travellers the chance to explore this fascinating city before departure.

Ancient Athens was the birthplace of democracy and the epicentre of western civilisation.  Modern Athens is filled with the remnants of this civilisation which makes fascinating viewing. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the collonaded Parthenon temple.  There is just so much to see here.

The first port is Monemvasia, a preserved Byzantine fortified port on the Greek coastline. Once 60,000 strong, it is now home to just a few hundred.  It looks like a massive rock from the sea, and it’s not until you land and walk the pathway to the castle entrance that the town inside the rocky ruins is revealed.

Still, in Greece, the next stop is Pilos a historically significant town with a castle amongst pine-covered hills.

On to Syracuse in Sicily which was once the largest city in the world.  There are plenty of medieval lanes, old-style cafes and a baroque piazza to explore. ...


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