Without question, the Mediterranean boasts the world’s dreamiest landscapes, most enchanting vistas and spectacular architecture, all heavily saturated in culture. You might feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of potential treasures demanding your attention, but know it is impossible to be disappointed in your travels.
Mediterranean cruises are highly recommended as a means to travel, allowing you effortlessly to pack a trove of exciting destinations into one unforgettable journey. With that idea in mind, here are 5 beautiful coastal cities in the Mediterranean that are begging to be explored.
1. Trapani, Sicily
Dive in to the west coast of Sicily to this Mediterranean seaside wonder. Trapani is filled with medieval ruins and Baroque-style buildings. Simply strolling down the picturesque streets is enough to satisfy any cultural cravings.
The number of magnificent churches here is remarkable, and each one is so architecturally complex and unique. Step off the streets and see the Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata, so well preserved you will feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.
2. Sorrento, Italy
Travelers are swept away in this stunning southwestern Italian coastal town, located opposite Naples on one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Give yourself some time to get lost within the alleys and narrow streets of Old Sorrento, where you’ll find lovely little shops and superb trattorias. Wander in awe amongst the abundance of historical buildings. And finally, mingle with the locals on the café lined streets of Piazza Tasso, the hub of the city.
3. Civitavecchia, Italy
Also known as “Port of Rome”, located on the Tyrrhenian Sea in the province of Rome. Everything you need to know about this treasure lies within its name, which translates to “Old City”. You’ll relish in the history of this place, filled with breathtaking fortresses and castles.
Take a tour through the massive Forte Michelangelo, built in the 16th Century, and appropriately named after Michelangelo who designed the upper maschio tower. You can also experience Roman ruins without the crowds at Le Terme Taurine, ancient baths that were frequented by both ancient Romans and latter-day locals up until recent years.
4. Mahon, Menorca
This charming little island capital, with the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean, has a lot to offer any explorer. Don’t let the size fool you – this place is buzzing with activity, and eating and drinking your way through the city is highly recommended.
Climb the grand staircases lining the city, and you’ll be rewarded by discovering churches like the 18th century Carmen church – you’ll find a lovely market nestled nearby to grab some local charcuterie and wine. Cool down with a glass of pomade, a local specialty made with gin and lemonade.
5. Palma, Majorca
This prestigious capital city, located on the Balearic Islands in Spain, is an impressive place to experience. Wander through the elegant Castillo Bellver, a castle that was once a grand royal stronghold, now open for the public to visit and explore. Or stand and stare in wonder at Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, where the ceilings rise at a height of 44 meters, and the stained-glass windows wash a heavenly glow across the sanctuary.
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