10 best Mediterranean cruise stops where you can discover golden beaches, historical towns and hidden gems

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The Mediterranean is full of beautiful places to visit

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 08/03/2024

- 13:28

Updated: 08/03/2024

- 14:40

Advertising feature - The best Mediterranean destinations to visit via cruise include some of the most beautiful places in the world

A cruise is the perfect way to discover new places while living in luxury.

Cruise ships usually stop at ports for a full day, giving guests plenty of time to discover the cities.

Discover an enchanting selection of these magical Mediterranean ports on Imagine Cruising’s exclusive sailcation: A Magical Voyage: Exclusive Mediterranean Sailcation | Imagine Cruising.

Whether you are looking to soak up the sun on a beautiful Greek island or learn about the history of Italy, these glorious getaways offer something for everyone.

Here are the 10 cruise stops you won't want to miss when booking a Mediterranean cruise, according to Imagine Cruising.


Rhodes is one of the biggest Greek islands



Rome is a great place to experience the culture of Italy



Corfu has a lot to offer, including spectacular views and beautiful seas


Top 10 Mediterranean Ports


Barcelona is a lively city on the Mediterranean Sea that has the perfect mix of culture and entertainment, and a great spot to try delicious Spanish food.

It is home to Basílica de la Sagrada Familia, the colourful Park Güell and the beautiful Gothic Quarter Barri Gòtic - all worth visiting on any day trip.

Imagine Cruising recommends exploring the hidden gem of the Santa Catarina Market, a foodie’s paradise.


Near the wine region of Tuscany, Livorno is a waterfront city often compared to Venice, due to its beautiful canals and bridges.

Visitors can tuck into Livornese street food while strolling down picturesque streets or learn about the area's history as they take in the spectacular Renaissance architecture.

From the port of Livorno, you’ll have the opportunity to either immerse yourself in the romance of Florence or admire Pisa’s iconic Leaning Tower.


Holidaymakers will not be short of things to do and see in the charming capital of Italy.

Be transported to another world when visiting the historical Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.

It is also the perfect destination for foodies as they can enjoy a taste of Italy at one of the thousands of pizzerias and gelato shops found in Rome.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island) where you’ll find a church, hospital and two incredible restaurants.


Corfu has lots to offer with spectacular natural landscapes, clear blue waterswaters, and ancient sites.

Cruise guests can explore with a walk through Corfu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which showcases Venetian influences through its elegant buildings and narrow alleys.

Explore the island's beautiful beaches or venture into the countryside to discover Achilleion Palace and Mount Pantokrator.


Mykonos is one of the most popular spots to see in Greece and across the Mediterranean.

It has a vibrant atmosphere, and it is difficult not to get caught up in the energy of the island.

One of its most iconic attractions is the 16th-century windmills.

Don't miss the 'Little Venice' neighbourhood which has rows of charming buildings right on the water, reminiscent of the Italian city.


The capital of Greece is the best place to unearth the tales of Ancient Greece.

Explore all there is to know about the Greek empire at poignant sites including the Acropolis Museum or the Parthenon temple.

Away from the typical tourist areas, you’ll find the vibrant streets of Plaka, adorned with quaint shops and charming tavernas where you can savour the tantalising flavours of Greek cuisine.


Dubrovnik is one of the most popular places to visit in Croatia, and it is no surprise why.

The beautiful city has a unique Old Town surrounded by 16th-century stone walls.

It overlooks beautiful clear waters and visitors can get panoramic views from the Dubrovnik cable cars.

The city's iconic landmarks, such as Fort Lovrijenac and Rector's Palace, offer glimpses into its rich past, while its vibrant cultural scene can be found in its stunning beaches, art galleries and museums.


Mykonos is one of the most popular places to visit in Greece



Kotor is a scenic town in Montenegro



Dubrovnik is one of the most popular spots in Croatia



Kotor is a scenic town in Montenegro found near the limestone cliffs of Mount Lovćen.

The old city captures the history of the area, giving holidaymakers the chance to fully immerse themselves in its culture.

Discover hidden gems in the Bay of Kotor and a whimsical museum dedicated entirely to cats or visit the impressive St. Tryphon Cathedral.


Naples is an authentic Italian city that is an unmissable hub of art and entertainment. It mixes modern and traditional features of the city giving holidaymakers plenty to feast their eyes upon.

It is the third largest city in Italy and - like Rome - prides itself on having some of the best authentic Italian cuisine.

It’s also the gateway to Pompeii which offers an extraordinary experience.


Rhodes is one of the biggest Greek islands that sets itself apart with a rich history including medieval streets and the majestic Palace of the Grand Masters.

Absorb the dramatic sights on the beautiful beaches and sample mouth-watering Greek food.

Looking for something more relaxing? Rhodes has an array of sandy beaches where guests can unwind.

Escape into the secluded oasis of Seven Springs Valley, a unique natural site and one of the most spectacular places on the island.

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