Cruising the Mediterranean Sea offers ports packed with rich culture and diversity. Take a journey into Italy’s word famous cuisine, grab a pizza in Sicily, sip a cappuccino in Naples and taste the delicious desserts in picturesque France, while enjoying the glamor of the French Riviera. Experience the charming coastlines of the Greek Isles, conquer the Acropolis in Athens or just take it easy on the romantic island of Mykonos. Salsa dancing and sangria is your thing? Spain awaits you. Yes, it is all possible on a Mediterranean Cruise.
Mediterranean cruises are usually divided into two sub regions, Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Eastern Mediterranean cruises mainly depart from ports in Italy and explore the Adriatic Coast of Croatia, the islands of Greece, ports like Istanbul and Kusadasi in Turkey, as well as the Black Sea.
Western Mediterranean cruises usually depart from ports in Spain, France and Italy and discovers this region in more depth with a few exciting detours, like stops in Portugal (mainly Lisbon), Canary Islands, Morocco (Casablanca and Tangier), Tunis, Monte Carlo and Gibraltar. Some of the cruises depart from the UK. There are also itineraries combining the best of Eastern- and Western Mediterranean. There is a wide selection also when it comes to the length of the cruise, ranging from 3-night to 16-night cruise holidays.
Mediterranean cruises set sail during spring, summer and fall, starting from March all through October. The widest choice of itineraries can be found between May and September. There are also cruise lines which sail all year round in this region.
One of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, Dubrovnik stands as a jewel on the Dalmatian Coast. The striking feature of the city is the two kilometre wall that runs around its perimeter. The monuments, palaces, cathedrals and museums too have caught the attention of UNESCO, which in 1979 termed this beautiful city as a ‘World Heritage Site’. Within this ancient fortification is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and a striking Renaissance boulevard called the Stradun – a must visit destination.
Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities. In a single day in Athens, you can climb the hill of the Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and find a welcoming taverna for some spirited bizouki music.
The port of Civitavecchia is the gateway to Rome, the Eternal City, where all roads lead. The Colosseum is the masterpiece of Rome. But St. Peter’s, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel are not far behind in their ability to leave you astonished. For photographers, there is no better place to be. In all the excitement, don’t forget to grab a bite of the authentic Roman Pizza!
Venice enchants you from your first glimpse as your ship glides through the Grand Canal. A world power in the middle ages, its affluence lives on in its beautiful old buildings like those surrounding Piazza San Marco. Be sure not to leave without a romantic ride along the canals in a gondola.
Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between both street musicians and elegant bistros. A visit to the Catalunya Square, which marks the centre of the city as well as the junction between the old town and the modern city f Barcelona, can be a very lively experience. The Gothic cathedral, Picasso Museum and Gaudi Park are other sites to enjoy.
This charming, picturesque resort where Antony and Cleopatra used to vacation is best known as the port for the ancients ruins of Ephesus – one of the world’s most wondrous archaeological sites. Explorations include masterpieces such as the Great Amphitheatre, the Library of Celsus, and the temples of Athena and Apollo – all connected by marble streets rutted by the wheels of countless chariots.
There are more Mediterranean ports waiting to amuse you. Check out our Mediterranean cruises for more information on these interesting destinations soaked in history and culture.
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