Islands of the Mediterranean

 

Despite the name, it’s not every day we have a cruise related blog post on A Cruising Couple. But when it comes to the Mediterranean, taking a cruise is one of the best ways to see lots of destinations at one time. Maybe you think of a Mediterranean cruise as a big boat full of old people, but this is a common misconception. Yes, the olds love a cruise, but there are many different types of cruise offerings out there for all the generations. The thing that really matters is where you go – and there is no better place than the Mediterranean.

Mallorca 

This friendly Balearic island is known for its family beach resorts, natural beauty and relaxing holiday atmosphere. As your ship comes into port in Palma, you will be greeted with the vibrant colors and the warm air of the Spanish islands. Beach bunnies can enjoy some time on the coast, sunning themselves and eating tapas. History enthusiasts can visit landmarks like Palma Cathedral and the hilltop castle of Bellver. if you have time, make sure to check out the Cuevas del Drach, a network of underground caves which you can tour.

Corsica 

 
 

corsica

 
 

This French sunspot is a top Mediterranean cruise destination, and although it belongs to France, it has a real Italian flavor. So, basically, you’re getting the best of both worlds! Those who love getting the wind in their hair will enjoy the nature trails on this stunning island – popular locations include the Scandola Nature Reserve and Calanques de Piana. Corsica also has an intimate connection with Napoleon, as he was born there. You can find out all you need to know about his extraordinary life at Maison Bonaparte.

Kefalonia 

 
 

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The Western Med is home to the Greek Islands, an amazing archipelago that has so many different sides to it. Many cruise operators run cruises that tour these island specifically, as there is just so much to see. The landscape of Kefalonia is the number one reason to travel, it is a rugged paradise of cliffs, coves and mountains. Famous beaches like Myrtos are also truly beautiful. Enjoy Greek culture and cuisine on this laid-back island.

Malta

This underrated Mediterranean destination is definitely worth a visit on your cruise. The capital of Valletta has an incredible waterfront that is full of life and color. Those interested in archaeology will love what this island has to offer in terms of ancient sites too. The Megalithic limestone temple complex of Mnajdra rivals anything in Greece and Italy, and it probably won’t be overwhelmed with tourists when you visit.

Santorini 

 
 

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We’ve saved the best till last here. Santorini is a gem. A Greek island that has been reproduced so many times in photographs that you will probably know what it looks like even if you have never heard of it before. The place is pretty as a picture with its distinctive whitewashed buildings with their blue roofs. The perfect place to enjoy the quiet life, visiting traditional Greek chapels, archaeological sites and geological wonders. Top of the list should be Akrotiri, rumored to be the original site of the lost city of Atlantis.

Who said a cruise was an uneventful way to spend a holiday? Not if you travel to the Mediterranean. 

Images by j_baryahisgett and snowfish2014 used under Creative Commons License

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