Cruises are very popular holiday choices as they allow you to take in a variety of cities while enjoying the traveling between. They also suit a variety of budgets and holiday types, as you can enjoy a honeymoon cruise or a family cruise.
With so many exciting countries and amazing cities on the Mediterranean it’s hard to choose the best ones; there are many cities rich in culture, and overflowing with interesting history. Below are 5 of the best Mediterranean cruise ports that you must visit.
Cruise ships dock at the port of Piraeus, which is just less than 7 miles away from Athens. This is considered one of the world’s greatest ports, however, apart from that there isn’t much to do there, so most people head over to the wonderful city of Athens.
Athens is a city of contrasts, with ancient history sites alongside modern shops, and buildings. It is oozing with history and gives tourists a glimpse into the old glory of Greece. Climbing the Acropolis is always a favourite of tourists, as well as taking in as much as you can in the small amount of time you have.
Cruise ships port at the western end of the Great Canal in Venice, which is about 15-20 minutes away (by boat) from the famous St. Mark’s Square. Venice has been described as the most beautiful city in the world and is a city built on water.
Venice overflows with amazing architecture, art, and you can’t visit without taking a trip on one of the many beautiful gondolas. There is an abundance of restaurants and it is truly the perfect city for a romantic visit with your loved one.
Port of Barcelona, Spain is located on a long peninsula, approximately 1 mile from Las Ramblas, one of the most popular boulevards in Barcelona. As it’s only 1 mile, it is walking distance, however you may choose to get a taxi if you want to save time.
Barcelona was originally developed as a port city by the Romans, and is now one of Spain’s largest cities. It is renowned for its artists, which include: Picasso, Miró, and Dalí, thus it is a city dripping with amazing art, wonderful culture and exciting history. There are Roman ruins, modern architecture and great shops all within walking distance of the port.
Cruise ships dock at the port of Lisbon, which is approximately a 15 minute taxi ride away from the centre. Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and a centre of stunning beauty as well as much more.
Although Lisbon technically sits on the Atlantic Ocean, it is included in the majority of Mediterranean tours because of its unique beauty and interesting history. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, it was rebuilt on a neoclassical grid, and today the old buildings attract many tourists.
Cruise ships port about a 15-minute walk away from the centre of Valletta, or a 5-minute taxi drive. Malta is located at the southernmost part of Europe and has been ruled by various countries over the years, although today it is an independent colony.
Valletta has many amazing churches, which tourists enjoy visiting every year. People primarily enjoy the sheer beauty of Valletta and like to relax in cafes while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
Above are 5 of the most popular port destinations on Mediterranean cruises. With so much history, culture and amazing sites, it’s easy to see the great appeal of these wonderful cities.
Travel Article by:
Natalie Moody, writer and keen fan of cruises.