Ports of Call for Mediterranean Cruises

A cruise on the Med provides access to many ports. A few that are well visited are described below. All can be reached on one of the many Mediterranean Cruises offered by a range of cruise companies.

The port is 30 minutes from the city. Experience the flavour of Istanbul by shopping in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The Blue Mosque which is visible as you enter the port is a main attraction as is the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace.
Livorno is the entry port for Florence and involves a 90 minute coach ride. Livorno has impressive Medieval architecture, the Fortezza Vechhia (Old Fortress), the Monument of Four Moors which stands at the city gates, and the Val di Cornia Parks located in southern Livorno. The seafront offers palm trees, cliffs, beaches and tamarisks, plus the Medici Fortress.
Izmir is a major cruise port in Turkey. A main attraction is Konak Square with its famous Izmir Clock Tower, as well as the Kermaralti bazaar plus the Archaeological Museum of Izmir. Day trips to Pamukkale and Hierapolis are possible.

Piraeus is the nearest port to Athens and less than 30 minutes from the centre. Big attractions are the Acropolis with the Parthenon and the National Archaeological Museum. If you have a day to spare then Delphi is a day trip.

Barcelona is a popular starting place or end point for a cruise. Attractions include the Gaudi buildings, and renowned shop and restaurant lined avenue, Las Rambas, which leads directly from the port. Out of town tours include the 11th century Benedictine Monserrat Monastery, or the seaside resort of Sitges.

From the port at Cannes, Nice and Monaco are easily reached. Cannes is a five minute walk from the port with sandy beaches and cafes.
Marseille has a natural sheltered harbour. From Marseille it is possible to visit Provence and the villages of Menerbes, Bonnieux and Roussillon. In Marseille the main shops area at La Canebiere, and for views visit the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a 13th century Basilica. Fort St Jean, the Abby of St Victor and beaches are close to the old port.
Haifa Port in Israel is the entry point for Akko, Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights. The port is in the centre of the city connected to a railway station adjacent which makes it easy to visit Akko and Tel Aviv. Walking distance is the German Templar Colony, Baha’i Gardens and Bat Galim beach.
The port is a few minutes distance from the city centre. Main attractions are the Cathedral, with a baroque Treasure Chapel and 4th century basilica, as well as the Royal Palace and spectacular Church of St Francesco di Paula. Town Hall Square and the New Castle are other highlights. Close by are Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.

Rome is 50 kilometres away and the main reason to visit this port. Key attractions are The Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and The Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square, St Peter’s Basilica, The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps.

Porto Cervo
Porto Cervo is in the northeast of Sardinia and the gateway to Cost Smeralda. The Piazza Azzurra is the main area for restaurants and cafes. Close by is Alghero is an attractive Catalan town with medieval buildings and cobbled streets. For adventure there is scuba diving around the caves of Capo Caccia or trekking through the Gola Su Gorrupo canyon.
Cruise ships dock at the Maritima Port with a shuttle boat service from the pier to ‘Giardinetti’ pontoon which is only metres from San Marco Square. Climb to the top of the Bell Tower in St Mark’s Square for views over Venice. The Guggenheim Collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.

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