The Mediterranean’s coastal countries have, for decades, been some of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The beaches of France, the ancient Greek cities and the Italian shopping districts have all beckoned travellers from far and wide. More recently it’s been possible to get a taster of all of these places by hopping on a cruise.
Cruisin’ the Med is one of the best ways to get bite-sized experiences in all of the places you’ve ever wanted to visit in a reasonable timeframe. Below we’ve written a few ideas of what you can expect from some of the Med’s best destinations.
From the powdery sand beaches of Palma, Majorca to the charming coves of Sardinia, the Mediterranean arguably has the best beaches in the world. Zlanti Rat on the Croatian island of Brac is famed for its cool breezes and temperate water is somewhere not to be missed.
The same can be said of Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos, Greece that claims to be the region’s most famous. Kelibia in Cap Bon, Tunisia isn’t necessarily the first place you’d think of when it comes to beaches, but if you go there it certainly won’t be the last.
Because the Mediterranean spans such a broad area, the cities that fringe the sea are extremely diverse and are as different from one another as can be imagined. Expect to see centuries upon century’s worth of unique architecture, and rich histories that are diverse yet interconnected.
Istanbul, Turkey’s capital city, is known for its maze-like street markets and Turkish bath-houses. The ancient city of Athens, Greece, is home to the immensely famous Parthenon which, at 2500 years old, is truly a sight to behold.
The climate in the Mediterranean is surprisingly varied although pretty much everywhere it’s going to be hot for long periods of time in the summer months. If you like extreme heat, and there are people that do, The North African coast can get to blistering temperatures (hence the deserts).
If you’re looking for something slightly cooler and more bearable, head to the Med’s northernmost European destinations. The benefit of going on a cruise is that you’re likely to experience a wide range of temperatures and weather types, so you never miss out on anything.
If you’ve got any suggestions on where to go and what to do when on a Mediterranean cruise, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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