Mediterranean cruises are an exciting choice for a cruise vacation. The diversity of destinations, cultures, and things to do and see aboard Mediterranean cruises are amazing for such a small geographical area. If you love history, great cities, or idyllic romantic islands, Mediterranean cruises are for anyone. Most cruises in this region of the world are 10 days or more, but a handful of lines, such as Costa, are beginning to experiment with seven-day trips in order to make these voyages more convenient for younger folk.
The Mediterranean Sea stretches more than 2,200 miles from the straits of Gibraltar to the Black Sea and the Suez Canal. This ‘cradle of civilization’ offers a seductive mix of cultures, geography and history all in a beautiful climate. The area is full of diverse contrasts, from the sophistication of the Cote d’Azur to the hustle and bustle of Egyptian street markets and the relaxation of the Greek Islands.
On Mediterranean cruises, soak up both a tropical and cultural atmosphere by sailing through southern Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. There are many things to see on a mediterranean cruise, that’s why they are perfect for a family cruise vacation or a honeymoon cruise. Most include stops in the beautiful country of Spain.
Spain has many ports to visit including Barcelona, Palma, Gibraltar, Seville, Valencia, Grenada, Malaga and more. Along the Spanish coast, you’ll find the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, as well as close proximity to the lovely wine country of the Basque Region. Other ports in Spain include the quaint village of Vigo on the western coast, and Cadiz on the southwestern side. From here, it’s a short trip to Seville, where the attractions are bull-fighting and flamenco dancing. In Spain, ships trawl along the Costa del Sol (sometimes visiting the United Kin gdom’s Gibraltar, which adjoins the southern coast of Spain at the western end of the Mediterranean). Key stops here include the Balearic Islands (Mallorca is the most common, but ships also call at Ibiza and Menorca), the lovely Malaga, and the aforementioned Barcelona.
On Mallorca, the biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands and a major tourist hub particularly attracting Europeans, you can tour the delightful city of Palma. Don’t miss the cathedral, but the shopping’s great too. But what will lure us back on a multi-day land trip some day was a brief motorcoach tour to the ancient town of Valldemossa. Located in the hinterlands, tucked into lush mountain valleys, Valldemossa is anchored by a now dormant monastery with an intriguing past: The writer George Sand and pianist Frederic Chopin (quite a romantic duo in the 19th century) actually lived here a few years after the monks were driven out—and you can visit their apartments. The gardens are just amazing. There are lovely and unusual shops, and the sidewalk cafes beckoned, though our tour didn’t give us much time, alas.
Your cruise will also no doubt offer different excursions including wine tours, snorkeling and scuba diving, and other adventure excursions as well. Make sure to take a trip into the old cities and soak up the old world history and culture that can only be seen here.