Hidden gems of the Adriatic
This summer, many cruisers will head to the Mediterranean in search of golden beaches, charming towns, fascinating architecture and much more. The Mediterranean, however, can be divided into several different segments, each offering something a little bit different.
Tucked between Italy and the Balkan nations is the Adriatic, which is widely-regarded as one of the most spectacular regions in all of Europe. You may have heard of cities such as Dubrovnik and Venice but, this week, we take a closer look at some of the more hidden gems that you may be able to experience on board a Mediterranean cruise with Pullmantur this summer.
The city of Trieste is located within the easternmost point of northern Italy and is often overlooked by tourists heading to larger nearby cities. Once part of the Austrian-Hungarian dominion, Trieste is home to a unique range of architecture. Much of this can be seen in the Austrian Quarter of the city, which is made up of many Viennese-style palaces and a unique sea-front square. Another area of the city worth visiting is the Citta Vecchia (Old Town), where a series of narrow streets will lead you to an array of medieval houses. There is also a Roman Theatre, which is thought to have been built between 33-32 BC.
Situated in Croatia’s Dalmatia region is the impressive city of Zadar, which is home to an impressive old town lined with glistening-white architecture. There are 34 old churches situated within this area – each distinctively unique and offering an intriguing historical insight. One of the finest of these is St. Donat’s Church, which is one of the best-preserved pre-Romanesque buildings in the world.
Today, it is a museum while, in the summer, it also hosts many classical music concerts. Elsewhere in Zadar, you can visit a Roman forum, which is also a common place for locals to take a stroll. Also worth visiting is the University of Zadar, which was founded in 1396 by Dominican monks – making it one of the oldest universities in Europe.
Kotor really is one of the best kept secrets of the Adriatic. Sailing between the fjord-like mountainous landscapes will leave you feeling like you are in the Norwegian fjords. Stunning scenery unfolds before your very eyes until you reach the gem that is the Montenegrin city of Kotor. Walk through the gate to access the somewhat concealed old town, which is home to a number of fascinating medieval churches, cathedrals, palaces, museums and narrow streets. The old town also provides a point of access to the city walls, which will lead you up into the hills towards the fortress and provide unparalleled views over the bay.
All of these destinations listed above and many more throughout the Mediterranean can be experienced on board Horizon, which will operate Adriatic and Greek Islands cruises throughout summer 2017. Meanwhile, the western Mediterranean will be served by Sovereign, which will take passengers to cities including Rome, Barcelona and Cannes.
One thing that is synonymous with Pullmantur Cruises, however, is the great all-inclusive package you can enjoy on board. Put your feet up and relax as you take advantage of unlimited drinks while your ship takes you from one stunning destination to the next.
For more information, contact Pullmantur Cruises via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.