Being the birthplace of pizza is this boot-shaped country’s main claim to fame. But, with smouldering volcanoes, chocolate-box fishing villages and ancient architecture, cruise holidays to Italy are a feast for the eyes, as well as the taste buds.
An island escape wouldn’t be anything without perfectly-formed beaches, and there are plenty to choose from on a Cruise & Stay holiday to Corfu. Both Glyfada and Alykes Potamos come with Blue Flag strips. From the latter, you can see as far as Albania. But, the beaches aren’t just reserved for sunbathing – there’s also a busy watersports scene. In Gouvia, hire jet-skis and banana boats, or charter a boat to pretty Agni Bay.
Beaches are Barbados’ forte. Because it’s an island formed mostly by coral, all 92 kilometres of its shores are iced with sugary-white sand. In the north-west, the sand is so fine that it’s earned the title of the platinum coast. Underneath the sparkly emerald waters, you’ve got reefs filled with kaleidoscopic fish, rays and turtles, making it a snorkeler’s paradise.
Cruise and stay holidays to Jamaica take you to the original island retreat. The Caribbean country is packed full of tropical scenes – white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and beach bars serving up freshly-fallen coconuts. Head inland, meanwhile, and you’ll discover stunning waterfalls and rivers hidden between banana plantations and lofty mountains.
If history is your thing, then a cruise and stay in Cyprus is the right holiday for you. Explore Paphos Archaeological Park, with its open-air amphitheatre and well-preserved mosaics dating back to the Middle Ages. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, then visit Tomb of Kings, the impressive 4th-century underground tombs carved out of solid rock.
On a Cruise & Stay holiday to Croatia, you can pace the marble streets of Dubrovnik’s old town, where 17 grand churches sit within metres of each other. Its baroque buildings and palaces have gained iconic status, so it’s no surprise that the place has been UNESCO-rated since 1979. Elsewhere, traditional fishing boats bob alongside yachts in Cavtat’s harbour. And cobbled alleyways lead to a market, cemetery and old houses with sculpted porches.
With sweeping beaches, jagged mountains and palm-lined streets, Majorca is the jewel of the Balearics. On a Cruise & Stay holiday here, you’ll find ribbons of white sand, curling coves and hidden inlets snaking their way along the coast. Sugar-cube towns pepper the shoreline, interspersed with ancient cathedrals and stylish hotels. You can sip homemade sangria at a seafront tavern, or tuck into a pan of delicious Spanish paella.
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