Costa Cruises has introduced a new activity: urban Nordic walking. Until September 29, anyone booking a one-week Mediterranean cruise on Costa Fascinosa will have the opportunity to take part in five excursions dedicated to "Nordic walking" in Naples and Palermo, Italy, and Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.
Urban Nordic walking, is an activity that is suitable for everyone, Costa says: children, young people and the elderly. Linking nature and the surrounding environment, the activity does not require any particular athletic preparation. The walking tour combines physical exercise with the opportunity to learn about the history, art and culture of the area, accompanied by an expert tour guide.
Guests traveling aboard Costa Fascinosa will now have the chance to participate in this activity as part of their cruise. Following the instructions given by qualified Costa Cruises staff, they will learn to make correct use of the walking poles and adopt the correct posture and biomechanical approach to the walk. Each participant will be supplied with professional poles, as well as a snack and energy drink.
After leaving the port of Savona, Italy, Costa Fascinosa will sail to five destinations to provide this opportunity. In the city of Naples, the walk will start from the harbor, leading to Porta San Gennaro and continues into the Borgo deiVergini district. The tour will then pass through the Rione Sanità area, and end at the Royal Wood of Capodimonte. In Palermo, travelers will pass by the marble sculpture of the Genius of Palermo at the Garraffo, continuing to the Quattro Canti. The third and fourth stops along the route will be Palazzo Pretorio and the church of Saint Catherine. After walking through the Kalsa quarter, travelers will enter the gardens of Villa Giulia and then end the excursion walking along the Cala, an arched seafront promenade that surrounds the port of Palermo.
Travelers participating in the Nordic walk in Ibiza will start on the north side of the port, crossing the Botafoc Marina to reach Talamanca and its white sand. Walking along the beach, the tour will reach Cap Martinet. The last stop is Cala Tranquila.
The fourth excursion, in Palma de Mallorca, will include a walk leading up to Bellver Castle. After following the circular path around the castle, passing through the green areas of the city, the tour will conclude in the city's historic center.
Lastly, in Barcelona, the walk will begin from the Grec Gardens and climb up the Montjuïc Hill, which offers a view of the city. Passing through Plaza de España, the tour will continue along the streets of the city, finally reaching the Mirador del Alcalde viewpoint.