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  • 05
  • Jun
  • 2018

Top 5 Little-Known Mediterranean Cruise Ports

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Enjoy the Mediterranean away from the crowds with these five little-known cruise ports.

Are you searching for the best Mediterranean cruise itinerary? If so, you will likely come across itineraries with similar ports of call. And while visiting larger port cities offers exciting, unforgettable adventures, if you are seeking time away from the crowds and a unique way to immerse yourself in local culture, you may want to opt for smaller Mediterranean cruise ports.

These five little known ports are charming and memorable in their own right and offer you a way to witness the romantic Mediterranean without the hustle and bustle. Explore the local artisans, landscape, cuisine and historical sights of each distinctive port city.

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Start planning your unforgettable cruise vacation now by learning a little bit more about some of our favorite Mediterranean ports of call. Here are five we want to share with you:


Where can you find picturesque views combined with sophisticated wines and cheese tastings? In Bandol, of course! Bandol is situated in the heart of the French Riviera, and is known for its spectacular beaches, luxurious resorts and for being nicknamed the “Capital of the French Rosé” – a delicate and tantalizing wine popular throughout France.  Spend time strolling the pristine beaches or visit nearby Var Provence, located between St. Tropez and Marseille.

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Searching for the idyllic seaside village? Parga has exactly what you are looking for. Imagine pulling up to breathtaking rocky beaches with clear, enticing waters. This area is truly for those looking for relaxation and respite from crowded ports. Here you can relax on the beach, take a scenic kayak ride, and swim in a variety of bays from the Ionian Sea.

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In addition to its beauty, is the fact that Livorno gives visitors incredibly easy access to a variety of nearby areas equally intriguing. Spend a day in Pisa, Florence or taking a drive through Tuscany. You can opt for unforgettable shore excursions like bicycling through the countryside or touring the famed vineyards. For those who prefer to stay in Livorno and explore, consider the Fortezza Vecchia, a castle fortress that dates back to the 16th century, or stop by the Duomo di Livorno, a stunning cathedral dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, complete with jaw-dropping masterpieces from 15th and 17th century painters.

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Another favorite area away from the crowds and larger port sensations, here visitors can take a refreshing swim in gorgeous blue waters, or opt for a scenic drive along the shoreline that is filled with enchanting villages. For art lovers, consider spending the day at Fesch Palace, the local fine art museum, or stopping by one of the most beloved tourist spots in France, the Red Rock Cliffs.

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Mahon is located just south of Barcelona and is part of the Balearic Islands (think Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca). Here you can truly relax, visiting unique cafes that fill up the waterfront areas, strolls along the water, and take a must-see historical tour of the city.

With so much to do in these smaller Mediterranean cruise ports, you won’t feel like you are missing out by not visiting the tourist filled larger port cities. Enjoy the Mediterranean like a local and let a skilled agent help you find the perfect cruise itinerary for you!

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