28 Feb Going on a Mediterranean cruise? Include these cities in your itinerary.
Sick and tired of the chill of winter? With summer just around the corner, there are many Mediterranean cruises you could go on. However, with an overwhelming variety of itineraries available, it’s hard to narrow it down.
While we can’t decide for you (personal preferences and such), there are cities you should include in your travels. In this blog, we’ll list off our favourite Mediterranean destinations – we’re confident you’ll love them just as we have! From Spain to Greece, here are the cities to visit on a Mediterranean cruise.
Despite having beautiful beaches, Valencia’s curious mix of traditional and ultra-modern architecture is its top draw. Be sure to check out Valencia Cathedral and La Lonja de la Seda, as they boast style elements from the Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance periods.
Meanwhile, The City of Arts and Sciences is on the other end of the design spectrum. A daring experiment in modern architecture, this garden of steel, glass, and water wows most first-time visitors. With a science museum, planetarium, aquarium, opera house, and more, this attraction will eat up more time than expected.
Valencia is also a well-regarded foodie destination. A visit to Mercat Central will confirm this – selling local produce, dried hams, and tapas bars, you won’t walk away hungry.
Further up the Spanish Mediterranean coast, the city of Barcelona beckons. After disembarking, check out sights like the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batllo. All are signature creations of Anton Gaudi, one of this city’s most famous sons.
Afterwards, grab a drink and some pintxos on La Rambla. With everything from chistorra sausages to goat cheese with Iberian ham, your taste buds will be in heaven.
Are you melting under the heat of the harsh Spanish sun? Cool off and relax at one of Barcelona’s many beaches. Barceloneta Beach is the most popular with tourists, but Nova Icaria Beach is more popular with locals.
Located in the heart of the French Riviera, Nice attracts those who seek the best in life. After getting off your boat, you’ll want to head straight for the Old Town. Here, you’ll find 17th-century French architecture, fine cheese shops, and food stands selling socca, a locally famous food.
Next, head to the waterfront, where you can gawk at yachts, sports cars, and other toys of the rich. As you walk along the Promenade des Anglais, you’ll come across beaches like Opéra Plage. Many are private beaches, in that they charge admission. Fortunately, public beaches like Beau Rivage are free to visit, if a bit crowded.
Strategically located in the middle of the Mediterranean between Sicily and Africa, Malta has an intriguing backstory. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, buildings in Valletta date back to when the Knights Hospitallers controlled the place.
Valletta is an ideal city for walkers. Contained with a two-kilometre long peninsula, it is easy to putter around and admire its golden sandstone structures. However, there are attractions worth pursuing, like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
Sandwiched between mountains and the sea, Dubrovnik consistently ranks as one of the Mediterranean top things to see. Its formidable walls and medieval architecture made it a favoured shooting location for hit TV show, Game of Thrones. As fun as it is to recognize scenes from this series, though, its palaces, churches, and museums are just as interesting.
With a 700-year-old Franciscan Monastery and a palace home to millennia-old documents, this place has seen everything. End your time here by lounging on Banje Beach. Within view of Dubrovnik’s city walls, few other beaches in Croatia rival its atmosphere.
Once the epicentre of humanity’s greatest ancient civilizations, Athens still contains traces of its glorious past. While it is a cosmopolitan city, you’ll want to head to the Acropolis as soon as you get off the boat. This famous hill contains many ruins of temples, palaces, and its Roman-era Forum, so don’t miss it by dawdling.
Once you have gotten your fill of broken columns, make the National Archeological Museum your next stop. The statues, vases, masks, and other implements preserved here tell the story of a time long since gone.
Make a point to try some authentic Greek cuisine before re-boarding your ship. Stands offering the best souvlakis you’ve ever had are easy to find in Athens – don’t miss them!