15 Breathtaking Views You Can Only Get on a Mediterranean Cruise
For the breathtaking views and spectacular scenery that are the hallmarks of the Mediterranean’s most iconic ports and destinations, you need to see them from the water. Whether you’re on a sailboat or a cruise ship, you’ll want to search out these destinations, and views, from a watery perch.
This Grecian island offers a mesmerizing mix of volcanic terrain, eye-catching structures (the white houses carved into the cliffs of Fira and Oia are instantly recognizable), and stunning beaches that combine to create the ultimate romantic island getaway. This is the definitive list of the best Greek islands.
You might not know the name of this Mediterranean hideaway, but if you’ve seen the popular ABBA-soundtracked Mamma Mia films, you’re definitely familiar with the gorgeous scenery of this movie star island. This is a port that can only be accessed by small ships, such as Star Clippers’ tall-masted sailboats on their special Mamma Mia cruise. The fabulous scenery includes the tiny chapel of Agios Ioannis Kastri, where Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie was to be married, which sits perched atop a rock cliff more than 300 feet above the Aegean Sea with 100 steps carved into rock leading to the church’s entrance.
Completely encircled by ancient tenth-century stone walls, Dubrovnik looks like a fairy tale come to life, its golden-hued fortresses and buildings seeming to glow in the daylight. Keep your eyes peeled for swimmers leaping into the sea from hole-in-the-wall bars (literally bars carved into walls, with panoramic views and incredible rocky steps down to the azure Mediterranean).
Nestled between Sicily, Italy, and the North African coast is the small archipelago of Malta. Known for a rich history that’s ripe with historic sites and plenty of breathtaking coasts, Malta’s views include Valletta’s Grand Harbour and its 16th-century fortifications. The island’s 7,000 years of history can be seen in its eclectic mix of Mediterranean, Arabic, and European influences. You’ll get a great deal if you visit Malta in the winter. Here are more of our favorite off-season travel destinations.
Dubbed the queen of Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands, Hvar is a paparazzi-free utopia where privacy-seeking celebs frolic on the beaches of Dubovica and Milna. It’s also blessed with lavender fields, rocky coves, and olive groves. Hovering above Hvar is Fortica, a hilltop fortress. The yacht-filled harbor, Cathedral of St. Stephen, and Franciscan Monastery are worth checking out too. These are the best all-inclusive cruises for a truly relaxing vacation.