Europe has, since the old times, been among the top dream destinations for tourists and travelers all over the world. Apart from its vastness that adds up to numerous tourist attractions, Europe provides the best mix of modernity and traditional practices. It is definitely a place anyone, whether introverted and quiet or extroverted and fun loving, will enjoy and love to bits. The biggest question asked by most tourists is what are the best cruising destinations in Europe? Europe is so large and with its proximity to large expanses of water, its coasts and islands are among the most exciting places to visit, especially if you are interested in cruising and enjoying water activities. Below is a highlight of the top 3 cruise destinations in Europe.
Though small, Croatia is considered one of the most important hidden gems of the Mediterranean region and Europe as a whole. With at least 1500 of its islands afloat in the Adriatic Sea, this country has all the fun to offer, especially for sailors and divers. Croatia is deemed as the sailor’s and diver’s paradise as it has the most unique tourist attractions that will surely thrill any diver, swimmer or sailor. Starting from Svetac Island’s unique black corals that will make your dive the most memorable experience, to the beautiful out worldly underwater caves, including the Blue Grotto and Zelena Spilja that glow blue and green respectively, both at Bisevo Island. Its fishing villages in Komiza on Vis Island are not only picturesque but also perfect for you to enjoy and practice water sports such as sport fishing.
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Galesnjak, otherwise known as the Island of Love, is believed to have the most perfect heart shape in the world and its pristine nature makes it the ideal spot to set up picnics and camp through the night. Its beaches and hidden coves are great for enjoying your serenity and tranquility. Some of its rocky platforms provide superb hiking and biking scenery, while its caves are perfect for excavation escapades. Croatia is also home to the most exciting cities and towns such as Split and Dalmatia that provide the most perfect place to enjoy nightlife and music. Within Croatia, accommodation is never an issue. There are numerous hotels, private accommodation options and holiday apartments just to name a few. Before leaving Croatia, you need to walk along the walls of the old town in Dubrovnik, eat their traditional delicacies, drink their sweet wine and visit its museums, art galleries, churches, palaces, monasteries, the Plitvice National Park and the Kornati Archipelago for a firsthand feel of the beauty and fun of touring Croatia.
Croatia really is the perfect destination for a European cruise.
Cruising through the Greek region of the Mediterranean usually feels like sailing outside planet earth. A rugged beauty is possibly the best way to describe this incredibly designed land. With its islands dating back to thousands of years, Greece is one of the places that holds a very important part in the world’s history. Greece has a chain of 23 large islands and 200 small islands in its South-Eastern part known as the Cyclades, with the most famous islands being Santorini, Andros, Paros and Mykonos. Greece is also known for its historical cities including Athens where you will see the most memorable historic ruins.
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Museums are also very common in Athens with the most exciting being Parthenon, Acropolis and the National Archeological Museum where you will have a chance to learn the deep-seated history, cultural and religious practices of Greece. The best way to cruise Greece is by hiring a boat or yacht and you will enjoy the beautiful view of Greece’s waters and the neighboring coasts and islands. Greece, quite similar to Turkey, has the most beautiful rock outcrops at sea that will definitely make your cruise more memorable.
Italy is a country that has something to offer for each and every one of its visitors. Right from its Sicily Islands that have this incredible charm that is irreplaceable. The volcanic islands of Lipari, Salina and Vulcano are rugged and provide the best island hopping and hiking spots and also the perfect place to view the neighboring Egadi Islands. Fishing, swimming and diving are just a few of the things you will enjoy on the Sicily Islands. The secluded anchorages and the very quiet fishing villages make these islands the best place to enjoy your sail. Palermo, also found within Sicily has at least 10 beaches where you may choose to swim, sunbathe or simply enjoy the beautiful view of the Mediterranean. Rome, on the other hand is the religious, historic and romantic hub. A visit to the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, the St. Paul’s Basilica, Pantheon, the piazzas and Trevi Fountain is something no one would be willing to miss.
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They say that when you go to Rome, do what the Romans do and quite literally, you really should have a taste of their foods and drinks, and especially the pizza, gelatos, pastas and white or red wine that can even be found at the numerous street cafes. Some of the piazzas you should visit include Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. Its funky boutiques and artefact shops are also a must-go for you as this is where you will surely find the best souvenirs. Venice is also another city worth visiting as it is home to the famous Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal and the St. Mark’s Basilica. A gondola ride through its canals could be the highlight moment of your visit to Venice, one of the best ports of call on a Mediterranean cruise. Italy is truly a country of romance, religion and hidden cultures.
Europe is a paradise for sailors and divers. It also offers the best environment for one to enjoy a quiet time or explore the hidden historic monuments of this vast continent. The above 3 places are some of the best cruising destinations for anyone, as they not only offer a fabulous experience on water, but also on land. You only need to plan your journey to the above named places and you will surely have every reason to smile.
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