Seeking winter sun? Escape to the Islands of the Mediterranean
It may seem bizarre to know that temperatures across the UK at this time last year reached the high 20’s. Sadly, the same cannot be said for 2017, but with warmer temperatures available just a short distance away, there is every reason to remain cheerful. Toward the end of September and beginning of October, Pullmantur Cruises will operate Mediterranean sailings, taking passengers to a variety of relaxing sun-kissed islands. These six-night sailings will take you out of Athens via the port of Piraeus on a journey that includes Santorini, Valetta and Cagliari.
Temperatures throughout the Mediterranean are due to remain high throughout the autumn, providing plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and relax. All of this can be enjoyed from the comfort of Horizon, on board which, which offers a range of amenities, bars, lounges, restaurants and spacious pool deck. You will also be able to enjoy an all-inclusive on board atmosphere, with all drinks, meals and more included in the cost of the cruise fare. With all this considered, there really is no better time of way to see the Mediterranean and, this week, we take a look at all the highlights you can enjoy on these blissful six-night sailings.
The historic Italian capital is a fantastic place to start your cruise and definitely warrants a few days prior to departure to fully appreciate it. The Colosseum holds a rightful place as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World and is certainly worth a visit, along with the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. There is also Vatican Rome, which is home to a number of beautifully ornate churches and religious landmarks – particularly St. Peter’s Basilica – which is a must visit landmark. All this, and we haven’t even mentioned that fantastic culinary offering available in the city.
Santorini is a volcanic island situated in the Cyclades and is particularly known for its spectacular, romantic sunsets. The higher points of the island offer mesmerising views over Santorini and out to sea while also painting a perfect picture for an intimate moment. You will also see the famous white-washed buildings with blue domes, while the small towns make for a charming stroll. Alternatively, if you want to soak in your surroundings at a slower pace, you can relax on one of the many fantastic golden beaches.
The Maltese capital of Valletta is often overlooked as a Mediterranean hotspot, but this charming destination offers plenty to see and experience. It is filled with a beautiful array of 16th century architecture which, in-turn, has been recognised through UNESCO World Heritage status. You can embark on a spectacular walk around the city walls, taking in the stunning natural harbour, while the city itself is filled with mesmerising palaces, cathedrals and much more. Landmarks particularly worth visiting include St. John’s Co Cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Masters.
Heading westward towards Italy, the third island to feature on this itinerary is Sardinia and visitors will get the chance to explore everything the city of Cagliari has to offer. Sun worshippers will not be disappointed with the beaches that Cagliari has to offer, with Poetto beach providing an 8km stretch of golden sands and plenty of space to call your own for the day. Further inland, visitors to Cagliari can appreciate a number of historic and architectural landmarks including Santuario e Basilica di Bonaria and the 12th century Castello di San Michelle.
One of the main reasons for visiting Alicante is for the range of spectacular beaches and visitors will not be disappointed with the offerings available in the Spanish city. Postiguet Beach is situated in the heart of the city and is therefore easy to access, but a short journey away will take you to the quieter San Juan Beach, which offers 7km of expansive golden sands. If you are looking to explore the history and culture on offer in Alicante, one of the best places to head to is the Castle of Santa Barbara, which, at a height of 166 metres, is one of the largest medieval fortresses in all of Spain.
Throughout the colder months, Pullmantur Cruises will offer a range of itineraries to sun-kissed destinations filled with golden beaches and mesmerising historic landmarks. For more information or if you would like to book a cruise to the islands of the Mediterranean, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.