What better place to find some fascinating attractions than the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea? Many empires and civilisations have flourished on its coastlines, including the Minoans, the Greeks, the Ottomans, and the Romans. So it’s little wonder that the area is packed with historic and architectural delights!
With so many excellent packages and destinations available from various cruise tour operators, there are many options for ship-going holidaymakers. Read on as we look at four possible highlights of a trip around the Mediterranean.
Ibiza Town’s heritage
Most people think of Ibiza and automatically think of carefree youngsters partying the night away. But did you know that the island’s capital Ibiza Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site?
Boasting a castle and red-roofed houses that overlook the harbours, Ibiza Town delivers a view of the old world that rivals the likes of Dubrovnik. So think twice before dismissing the charms of Ibiza as a place purely for the wild at heart.
Stop off at the capital of Catalonia and you’ll be able to explore all the many charms it provides. This blog has already looked at the bountiful beauties of Barcelona, but that doesn’t mean the likes of the Sagrada Familia should be overlooked on a cruise trip.
Take a day trip away from the cruise ship and drink in the visual delights of places like Park Guell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. Their unique, organic, neo-Gothic appearance is quite unlike anything else you will find in the world.
A Western Mediterranean cruise may well take travelers past another treasure – the Rock of Gibraltar. Known as one of the ancient Pillars of Hercules, the Rock is a geological wonder. It is also home to a nature reserve that around 300 Barbary macaques like to roam.
Below the rock, there is also a mazy network of tunnels that were created by the British army over 185 years. These fortifications were intended for defense, and at one stage they were capable of holding 16,000 men and their supplies and ammunition.
Civitavecchia and Rome
Disembark onto the port of Civitavecchia and you could be stepping onto some of the oldest harbours in Western civilization. This coastal destination has served Rome for over 2,000 years, and provides cruise trippers with ready access to the capital of Italy.
An excursion to the Eternal City will reap even more delights, from iconic religious architecture like the Sistine Chapel to the modern marvels of Italian cuisine on offer in Roman restaurants. Your only concern should be figuring out what sights to prioritise for your city trip!
What do you think?
Are there any parts of the Mediterranean that you would consider the highlight of a cruise trip? Share your thoughts and experiences below!