Cannes is the sister city to Beverly Hills and the chic epicenter of the French Riviera – a world of exclusive boutiques, palm-lined avenues, starlet-studded beaches, and elegant sidewalk cafes. While most famous for its Film Festival in May, at the colossal Palais des Festivals, when international celebrities gather to screen films and make deals, it glitters every month with swimming and sunning by day, and a club and casino scene by night. Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city, discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their draughty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes' high-flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since.
Lerici is a town and commune in the province of La Spezia in Liguria (northern Italy), part of the Italian Riviera. Its nearest bay is the Bay of Lerici. The town is connected by ferry to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere.
One of the main sights of Lerici is its notorious castle controlling the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia. Today the castle contains a museum of palaeontology.
Sailing into Portoferraio, you can see why Napoleon chose Elba for his exile; an island of pink granite, pine forests, and pristine beaches. The contrasts of the Elba countryside – from its typical fishing villages and high mountain passes to its stylish summer resorts on the coast – are enchanting. Elba’s restaurants feature excellent seafood, and small private vineyards produce local Moscato and Aleatico wines.
From his villa in Portoferraio, Napoleon, no longer Emperor of France, looked out over the waiting ships in the harbor and dreamed of returning to glory. Today you can enjoy a local vineyard tour, and near Portoferraio, discover the remains of an ancient Etruscan civilisation.
Palombaggia is a town nestled between mountain and the sea.
Palombaggia Beach is famous for it's fine sand beaches and turquois waters. It is widely regarded as one the best beaches in Europe. Backed by mountains and red rock, the long beach of white sand stretches for nearly 1.2miles at the foot of dunes shaded by umbrella-shaped pines. The dazzling powdery white sand contrasts with the glistening turquoise sea and the granite headlands that enclose the beach. The crystal-clear water deepens gradually, revealing some reef formations. Palombaggia Beach faces southeast to the Cerbicale archipelago, a cluster of tiny pristine and uninhabited islands.
Bonifacio's almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbors, a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants, and a modern marina. The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable granite cliff.
Alghero is a charming old town, walled and fortified by the Catalans and the Spanish who occupied this corner of Sardinia for 400 years and left a strong impression, not only on the architecture but also the language, traces of which survive. The bastion walls that protected the town from attack by sea have been rebuilt and restored, and are supported by a handful of impressive defensive towers. Within the walls, narrow paved and cobbled streets lead beneath clothes lines and shuttered windows to attractive little squares that are filled with life in the mornings and early evenings. The harbor immediately outside the walls is busy with fishing and pleasure boats. The paved, landscaped esplanade and area along the Lido make for pleasant strolls.
Porticcio Beach (pm), Corsica
Located on the Gulf of Ajaccio, southern side, Porticcio is a famous seaside resort. Beaches are superb with white fine sand and turquoise waters. From here one can see the town of Napoleon.
Corsica has a long history beginning with the Mesolithic period (10,000-6,000 BC. Recent excavations discovered burial sites of prehistoric habitation), the Neolithic period (6,000-2,000 BC), the Bronze Age (2,000-700 BC), the Iron Age (700 BC), Corsica is Roman from (259 BC), the Middle Ages (775-1,284 AD), Corsica under Genovese rule (1,284-1,768 - period of political upheaval and the Plague),In 1768 Corsica is forced to sell (due to bankruptcy) to the French and WW-1 brought the end to the era of herding and farming. Today, Corsica's economy is reliant on tourism and fishing.
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
The peninsula carries the citadel and terminates in the Citadel jetty. To the south-west of this peninsula lies the Place Bonaparte, a quarter frequented chiefly by winter visitors attracted by the mild climate of the town.
The house in which Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769 is preserved, and his associations with the town are everywhere emphasized by street-names and statues.
The town is also home to Ajaccio Cathedral.
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state and micro-state located on the French Riviera. Monaco is .78 square miles with a population of about 37,000 permanent residents.
While small, Monaco is very old and quite well known, especially because of its status as a playground for the rich and famous, who are of interest to tourists. They,in turn, support the local economy along with gambling. Monaco is also well known for being a tax haven, has no local income tax and sponsors the famous Monaco Grande Prix.
Monaco has an abundance of places of interest. Two examples are the Monte Carlo Casino and Opera House which is adorned with a marble atrium and 28 Ionic columns made of onyx. The Monaco Cathedral is quite elegant in its Roman-Byzantine style and is the burial site for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace among other notables.
Cannes, France (return)
Return to Cannes for disembarkation.