Enticing, charming and magical all describe the delights of the Western Mediterranean. And with cruising, you get to see it all in one holiday. Covering Europe’s most iconic destinations, there’s plenty of opportunity to tick world wonders off your bucket-list.
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Western Mediterranean cruises include ports you’ve only dreamt of visiting, such as Civitavecchia for Rome, where you’ll find yourself captivated by the Coliseum and Roman ruins. The ancient cobbled streets of Cadiz have stories to be told and sunny Barcelona contains a good mix of toe-sinking sands and culture.
Not forgetting firm favourites such as the beloved shores of Palma, Majorca and the party island of Ibiza. Combining history, fascinating architecture and golden shores, you’re onto a winner cruise.
There’s fascinating itineraries out there – from three night adventures covering the delights of sunny Spain to seven days cruising along the French Riviera. And for those looking to well and truly escape, try 14 nights or more hopping from one European landmark to another.
Who knows, you might even find yourself wanting to take advantage of a Mediterranean Cruise & Stay holiday. Enjoy the best of both worlds as you spend a few extra nights in the likes of Malaga, where you can sip sangria whilst topping up your tan before or after your cruise adventure.
One of the perks of a Western Mediterranean cruise is that you have the option to sail to your favourite destinations all year round. Whether you fancy taking the summer holiday of a lifetime, a quick weekend break or you want to spend winter exploring your favourite sights, it’s all possible.
Peak months sit between June and August, and it’s easy to see why, as the Mediterranean reaches soaring temperatures in the mid 20s – giving you ample opportunity to take advantage of the cruise ship pool!
There’s more to the Western Med than sun-drenched beaches – although temperatures drop at the beginning and end of the year, it makes for great exploring weather. You’ll find the ports much quieter in these months and many destinations go all-out around the holidays, serving up fabulous Christmas markets.