If you’re thinking about heading on a cruise, one of the most popular destinations is the Mediterranean. However, with so many choices on the route you take and the places you visit, which area of the Mediterranean is best suited to your tastes and what you’re looking for from a cruise?
Here’s what you’ll find on Eastern and Western Mediterranean cruises with companies like Bolsover Cruise Club:
Eastern Mediterranean Sights
An area that was at the heart of trade and civilisation for many years, the Eastern Mediterranean spans from the south of the Adriatic, into the Ionian Sea before travelling through the Aegean, across the Turkish coast and into the south shores of Lebanon and Israel. That’s why this area is perfect if you’re looking for an historical adventure.
In just one holiday, it’s possible to visit Ephesus, Olympia, Istanbul, Athens and Jerusalem, while more specific journeys may add on the temples of Delos, the huge monastery of St John, Crete’s Palace of Knossos and the Corinth Canal.
However, there’s also plenty of natural beauty to behold, too, with the stunning crystal-clear waters along the Turqouise Coast of Turkey, or the jaw-dropping volcanic cliffs of Santorini. During the summer, this destination makes it easy for you to mix exciting day trips with relaxing beach days.
Western Mediterranean Sights
A cruise along the Western Mediterranean will see you stopping off at some of the most popular countries in the world – Italy, France and Spain. And you’ll also get the chance to explore some of the most vibrant cities these have to offer, too, including Nice, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, Florence, Venice and Rome.
However, if you’ve already been on a cruise that’s taken in these popular sights, you can go slightly off the beaten track, exploring places like Avignon, Valencia and Siena before stopping off at Italy’s beautiful islands (Elba, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily) and hinterlands (Tuscany, Andalusia and Provence).
Equally, from the UK, accessing one of these cruises is incredibly easy as a number of the ports (e.g. Rome and Barcelona) aren’t too long a flight away. Some of the ports can also be accessed by train from London, or to add more cruising to your trip, you could set sail from the UK itself.
As you can see, the Mediterranean has got plenty to offer everyone, whether this is your first cruise or your hundredth.