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MSC Cruises' Top 10 Mediterranean Ports

10 February 2020

Santorini at Sunset

A cruise to the Mediterranean will bring you to some of the most iconic destinations in the world, boasting rich culture, unique architecture and plenty of warm, friendly hospitality. MSC Cruises are one of the leading experts in unforgettable Mediterranean itineraries - below are MSC Cruises' top 10 Mediterranean ports.

1. Barcelona, Spain

Buzzing with style and energy, Barcelona is unlike any other Mediterranean city you'll have been to before. From breathtaking and quirky architecture to lively markets, bars and authentic restaurants, this is a port of call that never sleeps, and will be sure to delight cruisers of all interests and ages.

2. Kotor, Montenegro

Once just a hidden gem in Europe, Kotor has quickly become one of the top bucket-list destinations to visit in the world. Here, you'll discover a harmonious balance of old and new architecture, with plenty of rich history to unravel and breathtaking views to find.


3. Rome, Italy

An easy journey from Civitavecchia, Rome is home to countless iconic monuments and attractions. Discover the history of the Vatican, take memorable pictures at Piazza di Spagna and indulge in authentic pizza, pasta and seafood. Civitavecchia itself is renowned for its seafood and maritime expertise.

4. Valencia, Spain

A main port of call with MSC Cruises, Valencia has established itself as a stylish hub for arts, science and culture. As well as numerous museums, an expansive, lush park and quirky boutiques, you'll find a thriving nightlife that promises to make unforgettable memories.

MSC Cruises Mediterranean Cruise Valencia

5. Limassol, Cyprus

With over 4,000 years of history to explore, Limassol perfectly blends modern attractions with ancient history, creating social hubs around its restored Old Town. Whether you're relaxing on the beach or uncovering Cyprusian culture at an archaeological site, there's plenty to see and do in Limassol.

6. Dubrovnik, Croatia

As your MSC cruise arrives at Dubrovnik, you'll immediately see impressive, ancient walls, vibrant terracotta rooftops and the lush mountain looming over the city. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik boasts a range of old and new attractions, traditional Croatian cuisine and a variety of adventurous excursions.

MSC Cruises Mediterranean Cruise Dubrovnik

7. Santorini, Greece

The iconic whitewashed buildings and impressive cliffs of Santorini provide a stunning backdrop to a multitude of activities on this picture-perfect island. Though there's too much to do in one day, a shore excursion will take you to the highlights of Santorini, where you can explore the markets, enjoy a hike or relax on a volcanic sand beach.

8. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon's historic city centre is relatively compact, making it easy to explore when your MSC cruise arrives in port. We highly recommend a city tour by tram in order to truly immerse yourself in the heart of Lisbon, such as the Alfama district, the cathedral and multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites.

MSC Cruises Mediterranean Cruise Lisbon

9. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Renowned for glitzy casinos, grand hotels and larger-than-life art exhibitions, Monte Carlo's petite size may fool you at first! The architecture oozes luxury and glamour, making it a perfect getaway for the famous, while the casinos are truly a spectacular sight to behold. But if you're not a gambler, don't worry - there are numerous excursions to enjoy, such as museums, walking tours and more.

10. Valletta, Malta

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malta's capital will wow you before you've even stepped off of your MSC cruise ship. The city of Valletta is home to over 300 monuments, with many constructed in the 16th century. As well as all this rich history to explore, you'll find beautiful beaches, waterfront dining and many other attractions that cruisers of all ages will adore.

MSC Cruises Mediterranean Cruise Valletta

Although these ports are some of the most stunning in the world, there are many more to visit on a Mediterranean voyage with MSC Cruises. With itineraries ranging from 7 nights to even 24 nights, you can soak up as little or as much of the summer sun as you'd like. Eager to stay for as long as possible? Add a hotel stay on at the start or end of your cruise, and make this summer one to truly remember.

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