The Western Mediterranean is a fantastic destination for your first cruise. Not only is it so near the UK, but also offers some fascinating ports of call that will balance your cruise out between leisurely days at sea and cultural excursions. Here’s a few stops you might just consider during your cruise of the Western Mediterranean.
Perhaps you’ll stop off at the Balearic islands and take a look around Palma Majorca with its magnificent Seu Cathedral and mediaeval streets, or maybe take a wander around some of the art galleries such as Es Baluard, Ferran Cano, or the Museu Fundacion Juan March. Not to be missed on your quick stop off in Majorca is Bellver Castle. Some fantastic views can be enjoyed from this vantage point, not surprising really since Bellver means beautiful view.
Or perhaps you’ll stop off at the port in Ibiza and take a stroll around the old town, which by day offers a taste of authentic Spanish life with its quaint cobbled streets and historical churches, and by night comes to life as a livly party town. Perhaps you’ll have time to take an excursion to the delightful Can Marca Caves, an old smuggling hotspot up in the north of the island, replete with impressive waterfalls. The Balearics really are a great stop off during your Western Mediterranean cruise. When you set sail with Royal Caribbean Cruises you’re absolutely guaranteed a memorable holiday for all the right reasons.
Perhaps another port of call that many enjoy during Mediterranean cruises is the birth place of Napoleon Bonaparte, Ajaccio in Corsica, with its lively markets and stylish restaurants around the harbour. Visit the Fesch museum of fine arts, not only for its architectural appeal, but also for the treasures contained within. Or maybe just follow your nose and get lost in the old town with its enchanting ancient streets. Before getting back on ship, be sure to try out some of the lovely beaches just off the sea front promenade which is a great place to simply take a stroll before moving on to your next exciting destination somewhere over the horizon.
You’ll certainly find a vibrant and lively mix of ancient and modern in the funky town of Barcelona. The old port area of the capital of Catalonia is thriving with many and varies lively restaurants and cafes that should satisfy anyone. After taking a look around the world famous cathedral, take a gentle amble down Las Ramblas and stop and be entertained by the street entertainers. If your visit coincides with it, then go and see the La Boqueria food market with its multi coloured fruit stands, its fresh fish, and its meats and cheeses, that will cater to every imaginable taste. The market is as much a banquet for the eyes as your taste buds.
There really is plenty to see during your cruise of the Western Mediterranean. Time would fail us if we were to mention Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice, and plenty more options besides. If you’ve never cruised before, a cruise in the Western Med may be just the taster you need to set you off on a lifetime of happy cruising.