5 Blissful Summer Spots in the Western Mediterranean

White washed, silky dunes, the deepest of blue waters, and sunshine from dawn till dusk: the Western Mediterranean Sea really does check all the summer holiday boxes. If you’ve yet to revel in the glorious area, a Mediterranean cruise may be just the thing for you, and will allow you to see so many stunning locations in one trip.

Memories of Messina

Whether you want to delve deep into the Italian culture, or just taste some of Italy’s finest foods, you won’t forget Messina. There really is so much to explore, from a walk along the beautiful, curved port, or sipping coffee in Duomo Square, you’ll feel like you’ve been dropped right in a historic paradise. Time your visit just right and you’ll be witness to the “Ride of the Giants” festival, what better way to experience Sicily, right?

5 Western Mediterranean Sea Summer Spots: Mata Ride of the Giants Messina Italy
Ride of the Giants at Messina: Photo on Flickr by Alessandro Grussu / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

All things Alicante

Opt to feel the Spanish buzz in Alicante, where all the tourist favorites meet with a beautiful Spanish spot packed full of history. Think: wandering through the Museum of Contemporary Art, or learning of the area’s rich history at the castle by morning, an afternoon sipping cocktails with the sand between your toes, and come the evening you’ll be able to sip wine and soak up the atmosphere. Bliss!

5 Western Mediterranean Sea Summer Spots: Alicante Waterfront at Night
Alicante Waterfront at Night: Photo on Flickr by Jesús Alenda / CC BY 2.0

French fancies

If historic treasures meets swanky new sights sounds like you’re thing, then Marseille is the place for you. It’s super cool new museums and historic, yacht filled harbor saw it named European Capital of Culture in 2013, and you’ll be sure to agree if you visit that it really does have so much to offer.

5 Western Mediterranean Sea Summer Spots: Yachts Old Port Marseille France
Yachts in the Old Port of Marseille: Photo on Flickr by marcovdz / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Marvel in Minorca

Mahon on Minorca is certainly a Mediterranean gem worth navigating your cruise ship towards. Perfectly situated on the world’s second largest natural harbor, it is a really charming spot. Clamber through the history drenched caves, and choose from so many amazing places to eat. Mahon is one spot not to be missed.

5 Western Mediterranean Sea Summer Spots: Minorca Cave in Spain
Minorca Cave

Beauty and beats in Barcelona

It’s hard to be disappointed by Barcelona. Choose a different restaurant each night, see some of the most amazing architecture in the continent, dance to the sound of Spanish strumming, or sit on the beach and soak up the sun. Room for one more in that suitcase?

5 Western Mediterranean Sea Summer Spots: Casa Batlló designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona Spain
Casa Batlló designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona: Photo on Flickr by Bert Kaufmann / CC BY 2.0

The cruise ship is calling your name, so go and explore the magic of the Western Mediterranean Sea.

About Richard Wolskel

Website: http://www.newzealand.com.au

Richard is a UK expat Sandgroper. As owner of Go New Zealand he has been a frequent traveller to New Zealand and the “Land of the Long White Cloud”. His love of travel has taken him to all points of the globe, and loves learning about new cultures, hiking on remote trails, meeting the locals, and experiencing life in other countries.

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