(Today’s guest post covers exploring the Mediterranean by boat. Although I’ve had a chance to do some exploring around Italy and France I’ve never done it by boat. This post has been contributed by Cruise Deals.)
Combining stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, fantastic cuisine and boutique shopping, the highlights of any Mediterranean trip are diverse and inspiring but exploring by sea has got to be one of the best ways to travel. Gliding in and out of cities like Rome, Barcelona and Dubrovnik, dipping into different cuisines, cultures and coastlines along the way – you can pack much more in when you don’t have to worry about traipsing from hotel to hotel! So why should you cruise the Mediterranean?
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Food and Drink
The Mediterranean is truly a smorgasbord of taste experiences, and Mediterranean cruises will enable you to sample a wide range of cuisines as you sail from port to port. Many Mediterranean countries have a much-deserved reputation for the fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables, olive oils, and flavourful cheeses.
There’s the spicy tapas in Spain, the fresh pasta and salads of Italy and the gyros meats of Greece, not to mention the usually amazing regional seafood in most of the ports you’ll visit. For a foodie, a cruise in the Mediterranean is truly a fantastic experience.
Cruises through the Mediterranean visit so many breathtaking destinations on their itineraries that it’s difficult to encompass them all in one post. Cruises tend to focus on either the western Med – Spain, France, Portugal, Italy – or the eastern Med – Greece, Croatia, Turkey and the eastern ports of Italy. Length ranges from short 3 or 4 day journeys to extended tours of 16 nights or more.
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This is one of the most popular cruise regions in Europe, and for good reason. Take a cruise in this area of the world, and you’ll see the Gothic spikes and undulating curves of Barcelona’s breathtaking architecture, the gem of Italian Renaissance art in Florence, mind-blowing Roman artifacts in Pompeii, and the beautiful French Riviera near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.
This area offers a fantastic blend of ancient history along with more laid-back sights such as beaches and Greek Islands. Many cruises will take you to the winding canals of Venice, the bustling streets of Istanbul, and the ancient epicentre of culture of the world: Athens. You’ll truly see a huge range of cultures and history, along with some phenomenal natural scenery.
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Cruising in the Mediterranean is one of the best ways to see all the places you want to squeeze in around this fantastic area of Europe. You’ll travel in style, without worrying about transporting your luggage or seeking out accommodation for each destination. Not only that, but you’ll be able to sample local food even while you’re on board ship!