If you want a holiday that combines warm weather, fantastic food, top entertainment and amazing cultural excursions, you can’t go wrong with cruises in the Med. This stunning part of the world is packed with loads of fantastic must-see attractions.
While it can be tempting to spend all of your time on a cruise enjoying the facilities onboard, such as the pool and sunloungers, make the effort to step off on to shore. You’ll be glad you did so, as the Mediterranean is home to plenty of cultural sites that make for a fascinating excursion.
Here are three of the daytrips I think you should definitely consider doing when on a cruise.
Dubrovnik by sea
Ok, so I just told you to get off your ship and on to dry land, but one of the best excursions you can do in Croatia’s Dubrovnik is by a motorboat. This allows you to really appreciate the archealogical beauty of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as its old walls and coastal destinations. As you glide past Dubrovnik, you can take in the churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains that date back to the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Heading further out, you will no doubt stop off at the popular St Jacob’s Beach. This gorgeous stretch of sand is perfect for relaxing on, while the turquoise waters are crying out to be swum in. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping a little bit more, take an inflatable ride across the bay of Donje Celo and go snorkelling in the cave at Modra Spilja.
The historic centres of Naples and Pompeii
If you love to get under the skin of the places you visit, and are something of a history buff, you will enjoy the port of Naples, as well as the optional daytrip to Pompeii. Naples lies next to Europe’s second-biggest active volcano, Vesuvius, as well as naturally hot mud and sulphur baths. These make for a great visit – but be warned, the sulphur is a little bit smelly to say the least!
The town of Pompeii is famous for being preserved by a layer of volcanic ash following a Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. I think it’s incredible that the town is still intact enough for you to take a walking tour after all these years and it should definitely be on your agenda when your ship docks in Naples.
Casablanca and Rabat
Morocco is a beautiful Med destination and the city of Casablanca is one of the highlights. Mixing French colonial elements with North African culture and Art Deco architecture, the city was made particularly famous following the film of the same name. While it’s easy to get lost in the romantic scenery, book yourself on an excursion to Rabat.
Rabat is the capital of Morocco and boasts attractions such as the Royal Palace, the 300 broken columns of the Hassan Tower and the Mohamed V Mausoleum. You probably won’t just go straight from Casablanca to Rabat, though, as there’s loads to feast your eyes on during the journey. The Hassan II mosque should be on your itinerary, as this is the biggest Muslim place of worship across the whole of the Islamic world after Mecca.
Have you ever visited these attractions? If so, leave your thoughts about them below, as well as suggest some other top Mediterranean excursions.