Mediterranean Cruises: Easy Island Hopping
Why do we love island holidays? There are many reasons! Here are just a few:
- An island holiday is your own escape from the rest of the world
- You’ll always be near a beach
- Islands tend to have their own unique personality
Some people love island holidays so much that they try to combine five holidays into one – on Mediterranean cruises. These are pretty easy to organise if you go to the right companies. Before you know it you could be exploring the charms of the Mediterranean from the comfort of a luxury ship. Here are five island cruise favorites!
This large Mediterranean island has thousands of miles of stunning coastline and an awe-inspiring mountainous interior. If you love being by the coast and enjoying the holiday vibes, head for Costa Smeralda where you can relax on the beach, play golf and enjoy some fantastic nightlife. Fascinating bronze age ruins include the Giant’s Grave and Nora. The island is home to the beautiful nature reserve of Cape Carbonara too, where you can go hiking or even try scuba diving.
The second Italian island on the list, Elba combines laidback Tuscan charm with island chilling. Nature lovers can indulge in a spot of ecotourism at the Arcipelago Toscano National Park, a great place to see butterflies. Enjoy the sea breeze, some fresh Italian seafood and a crisp glass of white wine at the Marciana Marina before you leave.
And now, a trio of Spanish islands! The first one is the quietest and most peaceful of the three, a place of historic towns, pretty harbors, colorful gardens and traditional music floating through the air. Menorca is famous for long stretches of unspoiled beach, fringed by pine trees in a picturesque pattern. Be sure to visit the capital Mahon and take a look round the 13th century church there.
Menorca’s Balearic sister, Mallorca, has a wild side. The home of infamous nightclub destination Magaluf, it’s a place where many people go to have a good time and not remember anything! But the island has a more grown up side too – the capital Palma is a treasure-trove of historic attractions, traditional culture and cuisine. Overlooking the bay in Palma, travelers will be stunned by a complex of ancient Mallorcan fortresses and an inspiring Gothic cathedral. Relaxing beaches include the stretch of sand at Palma Nova and the resort area of Cala Millor.
From one party island to another, Ibiza is probably the spiritual home of the European nightclub scene. Huge superclubs accommodate thousands of clubbers every night in the summer season, all expecting to have the time of their lives. But don’t worry if this isn’t your scene – Ibiza is home to many little quiet villages, yoga retreats and secluded beaches where you can relax. The village of Sant Miquel de Balansat, for example, is quite remote and has a lovely family atmosphere – take a look!
Arriving on a cruise ship to any of five amazing islands has to be one of the best ways to see them.
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