It doesn’t take much to figure out why Mediterranean cruises have become so popular in the last few years. A cruise allows vacationers to sit back and relax among the luxuries of an all-inclusive type of experience while still being able to dock and take advantage of new cultural discoveries and wonders. And there are very few places in the world so appealing to do just that than in along the Mediterranean coast. But with so many destinations to choose from, where does one start when in need of some serious R&R? We take a look at three fantastic Mediterranean cities to consider when planning your escape. Luxury MSC Cruises features all three of our top picks, so head there for a deal on any of the below and more. Now, to Genoa, Barcelona and Lisbon!
Mediterranean Cruises: Genoa
Forget Florence and Rome – Genoa is Italy’s largest seaside city. In fact, Genoa is so amazing that locals have nicknamed it la Superba or “the Superb,” because its impressive history and surviving landmarks. Choosing Genoa as a starting point for your Mediterranean cruise means that, before you even step foot on board and head off that pedicure, you’ll get to enjoy an UNESCO World Heritage List site (part of the old city in Genoa,) the beautiful San Lorenzo cathedral and the area’s breathtaking west Riviera. Then it’s back to the ship for some sunbathing by the pool with your favorite book and a new Italian pair of shades!
Mediterranean Cruises: Barcelona
Madrid may be Spain’s famous capital, but Barcelona is the capital of regional Catalonia, and it’s got an entirely different look and feel. Much of that unique atmosphere is due to being so very Mediterranean, with the city sitting right along the Spanish coast. The city is one of Spain’s most popular cruise destinations and for good reason – it boasts legendary food, impressive Gaudi architecture and more festivals during the summer than one person could possibly handle! If you’re planning to start at or hit Barcelona during your cruise, make sure to pick a summer date. Some festivals made famous in Barcelona include San Juan, Merce, and the summer music festivals Sonar and Primavera Sound. Bring your dancing shoes when you dock!
Mediterranean Cruises: Lisbon
So we’ve been to Italy, and we’ve been to Spain, but what about Portugal? No Mediterranean cruise is complete without a stop to Lisbon, the country’s capital. Lisbon is the perfect city for cruise vacationers who really want to immerse themselves in fantastic European culture. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest city in Western Europe. It’s also one of the biggest port cities on the entire continent, making it perfectly suited for cruise-going tourists. It boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the warmest winters along the Mediterranean coast. So while Barcelona may be the perfect city for a summer cruise, Lisbon may be ideal for a winter one!
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