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Keith Maynard's - Top Tips in the Mediterranean

04 Sep 2015 | by Myles Johnson

Updated November 2017

The Mediterranean is famous for its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, amazing cities, sun-kissed coastlines, and delicious cuisine. This region has been the world’s top tourist destination for many years, and with good reason. With endless places to discover, golden beaches to relax on, and historic sites to explore, the Mediterranean is the perfect getaway.

Whether you spend time wandering through the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, savouring local delicacies on the French Riviera, sipping red wine in a Piazza in Italy, or sailing on a Gondola in Venice - the Mediterranean is full of unforgettable memories waiting to be made. You will be truly spoilt for choice.

In the Mediterranean the possibilities are simply endless. This influential part of the world offers an enviable quality of life that simply has to be experienced at least once, and cruises to the Mediterranean are the perfect way to get the most out of this magnificent part of the world.


In this Mediterranean feature, World Cruise Expert and Planet Cruise Weekly presenter Keith Maynard, gives you his specialist insight into four exciting destinations on a Mediterranean Cruise itinerary. Rome, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and Monte Carlo are all unearthed in this feature. Our expert tips will help you make the most of your Mediterranean cruise holiday, and enjoy all the wonders on offer.


The ancient city of Rome is an exhilarating spectacle filled with an array of iconic treasures. The fascinating Colosseum (one of the new 7 wonders of the world) is a must see, along with the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, and many more. Italy is famous for its food, and you'll find the very best local cuisine served up at Piazza Navona where you can watch the city's vibrant culture come to life.



Barcelona is an enchanting Mediterranean city, with a marvellous mix of ancient architecture and new modern designs. Barcelona has become a cultural melting pot, and is a very popular destination on a Mediterranean cruise. With a history among the oldest in Europe, combined with a colourful cosmopolitan character, Barcelona is one of the most exuberant and energetic cities in the world.


Palma de Mallorca

Located on the southern shores of Mallorca, is the island's city capital Palma. Overlooking the crystal clear Mediterranean ocean, this city is bursting with life, and is famous for its spectacular Neo-gothic cathedral. Take a stroll through the labyrinth of old cobbled streets, where you can absorb the local culture and find the perfect place to sit and enjoy some delicious delicacies.



Located on the sunny French Riviera is the principality of Monaco, famous for its dazzling harbour, grand belle epoque casino, lavish restaurants, royal monarchy, and the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco may be the world’s second smallest country, but it's definitely one of the world’s most extravagant. Cruising into Monte Carlo is an experience in itself, so have your cameras at the ready.


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