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Mediterranean Cruises - The Most Popular Destinations

One of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe is the culture rich Mediterranean and one of the best ways of sampling this beautiful and historic area is to embark on a cruise. Travellers who wish to experience summertime vacation in the Med will find themselves spoilt by a plethora of choice with a wide range of cruise lines, flexible points of departure, length of holiday and itineraries to select from. The available cruises are often broken down into regions, perhaps covering the eastern or western part of the Mediterranean although of course some cruises will cover more than one half.

Western Mediterranean cruises are some of the most popular choices as people prefer them to staying in Benidorm or Javea property, as this gives you little room to explore. Cruises also include a port of call in Italy with the most likely stop being in Civitavecchia, a city commonly referred to as the gateway to Rome. If you are looking for the best Mediterranean cruises for honeymooners, Italy is the place to go. This gives honeymooners the chance to undertake tours of the Vatican or Sistine Chapel or maybe take in a trip to the Colosseum. However, if you are looking for the best cruises in the Mediterranean for singles, then there are a wide variety of ports available in the country of France and the precise stops will depend on the cruise line but likely destinations are Marseille, which is the largest port in the Mediterranean or places along the French Riviera such as Cannes and Nice. Other French based stops typically include Monaco, Corsica and St Tropez. The culture of Spain is usually taken in with stops in places such as Barcelona or Vigo and other countries frequently visited by western cruises include Croatia, Portugal and Sicily.

Eastern Mediterranean cruises will also overlap some of these parts, for example a common starting point is Barcelona, but will obviously travel much further east. There will be stops in Greece offering the chance to explore the architecture and beaches that the country has to offer. The port of Piraeus offers a gateway to the city of Athens and the chance to visit such historical landmarks as the Acropolis and Parthenon. There are many other typical stops in Greece including Corfu, Crete, Mykonos and Rhodes. Most eastern cruises will visit the crossroads where Europe meets Asia at Istanbul in Turkey and several also visit Varna in Bulgaria and Limassol in Cyprus.

The best Mediterranean cruises for families are most likely found in the southern region of the Mediterranean. Cyprus may also be included on these tours but common stops include the exotic destinations of Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt. It is also possible to go on special cruises, which consist of specific ports of call in the Holy Land. These cruises will stop in the religious cities of Jerusalem and Nazareth while Port Said in Egypt is another likely destination which allows cruisers to debark on a visit to Cairo to take in the Pyramids of Giza.

Spain's Sunny Costa Blanca

Sun-seekers still flock to Spain's Mediterranean coast and its sandy beaches, and if it was some years since you last visited, you may be surprised at the improvements, especially around Benidorm.

The Costa Blanca is a playground of Mediterranean beaches, where the sun shines year-round, and the shore is lined with hotels, cabanas, yacht harbors, casinos, golf courses and promenades filled with cafes and shops. If it sounds like a riot of over development, some of it is.

But that's not to say it doesn't have its considerable charms. New resort hotels, such as Villa Casablanca in Javea, are elegant, tasteful and built back from the busy shore in well-kept grounds and gardens.

Villa Casablancas Tuscan-villa-style building stands amid a rolling green golf course, and the interior is like an art gallery of Roman artifacts and later works of art. The resort represents the new look of this part of the Costa Blanca, which is working very hard to reclaim its shoreline from earlier abuses. In fact, it is allowing no new building in many areas, and requiring unsuitable buildings on the shore to be torn down. The plan is to return much of this coast to natural shoreline.

This new determination to reclaim its character as Alicantes window on the Mediterranean redeems Benidorm and the coast around it from its previous image as a snowbird package-tour haven. In a few short years it has regained much of its old Spanish charm. Towns like Javea, Calpe and Denia have character, a happy maze of narrow stone-paved streets, and green hillsides. In their leafy plazas, flowering trees perfume the evening and shade the café tables from the afternoon sun. The weather is spring-like in mid-winter, thanks to the sheltering bulk of the mountains that line the coast.

Behind the coast are the sierras, mountains that protect the shore and account for the weather's sunny disposition here. For those who prefer walking to lying in the sun, the tourist office has a useful brochure entitled Costa Blanca Sun Routes and Excursions, which gives directions m maps and brief descriptions of 42 walking and cycling routes through rock formations, medieval villages, wetlands, valleys, gorges and ruins of Moorish castles throughout the province's varied landscapes.

With everything from elegant new resort hotels and trendy boutiques to trails to hike through the mountains and villages, the Costa Blanca now appeals to people from all over the world, and caters to all tastes and budgets.

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