When it comes to cruising the Mediterranean, there is such a wide variety of destinations to visit that it can be challenging to choose which is best. Each country and port offer their own unique experience, filled with delightful culture, picturesque scenery and fascinating sights. To help you choose where you’d like to visit, we’ve put together a list of our favourite top 7 ports.
Western Mediterranean Cruise Ports
Barcelona: An iconic cultural city with a beachside location
There is so much to explore in this Catalan capital, rich with stunning architecture, arts and history: the infamous Picasso Museum, Gaudi’s spectacular architecture, such as the impressive Sagrada Família basilica, chic beaches and buzzing markets. And much of it is walkable from the port or accessed via an easy shuttle ride.
Gibraltar: A uniquely British view
If you love a home-from-home holiday, then this British-owned island is for you. Alongside the traditional pubs and tax-free shopping, the natural landscape is captivating. Take a cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar for breathtaking views of the bay and across to the Moroccan mountains, or explore the country’s nature trails, where there are hundreds of species of birds to spot.
Cannes: Luxury chic
Take a picturesque stroll along the seafront of Cannes, soaking up the upmarket hotels and boutique shops along the Boulevard la Croisette, and onto the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès – home to the Cannes Film Festival. Or wander the cobblestone streets of the old quarter to the Le Suquet Church and Clock Tower for fabulous views of the Bay of Cannes. The renowned cities and towns of Nice, Monaco and St. Paul de Vence are also nearby, with cruise tours often on offer.
Livorno: Illustrious Italian attractions
Livorno is a charming town with an old fortress and canal, but many choose to stop here to access the better-known destinations of Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre. Home to the Italian Renaissance and known as the cultural capital of Europe, Florence, with its unending treasures, leave many art and history lovers besotted. Meanwhile, Pisa and its Leaning Tower, and the beautifully colourful Italian Riviera towns of Cinque Terre will ensure this stunning Tuscan region enchants every cruise guest.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Ports
Venice: The famous ‘Floating City’
Often the start of many Eastern European cruises, this beautifully unique city should not be missed. Winding canals, followed by narrow pavements and beautiful, arched bridges, Venice has intriguing history and a remarkable photo opportunity at almost every corner. This pioneering city, built on water, is also home to some of the most elegant and opulent marble palaces and churches worldwide, most notably Saint Mark’s Basilica.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Picture-postcard scenery
Often described as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik sits radiantly on the coastline with its characteristic burnt sienna rooftops contrasting the dazzling turquoise waters. The Old Town and its well-preserved city walls are rich with history, craft shops and local restaurants, while star-struck Game of Thrones fans will be enamoured by this iconic filming location.
Chania, Crete: Beautiful natural landscapes and friendly hospitality
This large Greek island is notorious for its gorgeous beaches and invitingly clear-blue waters. The city port of Chania is a charming place to explore, roaming the narrow streets, discovering historical Venetian architecture and bustling waterfront restaurants. Take a trip to the idyllic beach of Elafonisi, where the shallow, calm waters offer cooling refreshment, or, if you’re feeling more energetic, hike the Samaria Gorge, a rugged path that provides a haven of flora and fauna.
With so much to discover in the Mediterranean, the key to getting the most out of your cruise is doing your research beforehand. If you need further advice on the best places to visit, please get in touch with our cruise specialists.// END - About the Author ?>