Cruise of the Week Fun Facts | 17.06.2013
MSC Sinfonia | Cape Town to Genoa
One of the only places in the world where one can see flamingos, seals, pelicans and springboks all in one location.
Dakar is most famous as the former end destination of the famous “Dakar Rally” where professionals and amateurs would compete in an off road motor event from a destination in Europe ending in Dakar, though more recently, the rally has been races in South America.
Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Spain
The regional capital of the Spanish Canary Islands, Las Palmas was a major port of call for the Spanish from the 15th Century to the Americas. Christopher Columbus even had a house here.
The name of this city means “white house” and, while quite a modern and industrialised trade based city, it’s main attraction is the Hassan II Mosque which can house 25,000 worshippers at one time and is the world’s 5th largest Mosque.
People have lived on this famous Mediterranean Island since 5000bc and as a result of such a sustained history, it has developed what is locally coined “oleatourism”, or olive oil tourism, where tourists flock to see now ancient and working olive groves and mills still producing the famous product today.
Ajaccio (Corsica), France
Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French leader, was born in Ajaccio. Today, the house where he was born is now a French National Museum called “Casa Bunoparte” and is naturally a very popular attraction.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
While Rome is famous for a plethora of reasons, here are a couple of highlights; it has museum dedicated to pasta, 700,000 euro annually is thrown in Trevi Fountain, it is home to worlds 2nd largest university, St Peter’s basilica is the worlds largest church.