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Mediterranean Magic

Mediterranean Magic: A Cruise around the Western Med

Dreaming of glorious sunsets, cool sea air, fantastic food and a chance to visit some beautiful locations? A Mediterranean Cruise might be just the thing you’re looking for. Enjoy all of these things on a beautiful cruise in this enchanting part of the world. Here are just some of the places you could visit.

Barcelona

This lively cosmopolitan city is a classic destination among others on Mediterranean cruises. Barcelona has many great attributes, the most notable of all being the architecture. Travelers will come face to face with some of Europe’s most popular buildings by popular Catalan architect Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera at Casa Milà are the sites to visit if you’re short on time. If you’re planning to do a bit of shopping, Barcelona’s Paseo de Gracia features plenty of high-end boutiques, whereas on the central boulevard La Rambla you can pick up quaint souvenirs. Visit the Columbus monument for the best views in the city.

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Majorca

The sun-kissed port of Palma de Majorca has a wonderfully laidback holiday atmosphere and some great things to do for visitors. Like Barcelona, Palma’s main shopping street is called La Rambla. It’s home to flower markets, boutique shops and lovely restaurants and is a nice place to simply walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Active travelers may want to take a bike tour beyond the old town walls towards the harbor and promenade. After all that hard work, enjoy some tapas and a glass of wine in a pretty shorefront restaurant. Keep an eye out for beautiful vistas on your visit as Majorca’s exquisite landscape has inspired famous painters such as Juan Miró and Salvador Dalí.

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Florence

Many cruise itineraries will stop off at Livorno which is the closest port to the majestic city of Florence. This picturesque, historic city is home to some of the world’s most famous art and architecture as well as many lovely piazzas and gardens. Visit the Accademia on Via Ricasoli and you’ll be confronted with Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famous statues in the world. For those keen to kill two birds with one stone you can see a replica statue of David outside the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli’s famous Birth of Venus. For gorgeous architecture take a walk to the Gothic-era Duomo. And don’t forget your camera!

With Mediterranean cruises offering everything from Greek Island hopping to sightseeing in Morocco there will be something to suit even the most hardened sightseer. Take a load off and book yourself a cruise soon.

Images by maveric2003 and michaelgarethjohnson, used under Creative Commons license

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