The Must-See Ports In The Mediterranean

I was helping my friend plan her first Mediterranean cruise recently. She said she wanted a cruise that went to the best ports and avoided the worst. I told she’d set me an impossible task as the best ports in the Mediterranean are also the worst.

 

Here’s why and what those ports are. As I explained to her, the number of ports she can visit is vast. Though the ones worth visiting is not. I count 45 Mediterranean ports where cruise ships can dock, but there are many more places where ships can anchor and tender guests in, especially around the Greek islands. 

 

Most Mediterranean cruises are 7-nights and call into at no more than 6 ports, so I told my friend, she must make sure whatever cruise she chooses should call on as many of the must-visit ports as possible. 

 

As you will see, surprisingly only a few of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean make my must-visit list as there are more important things to consider.

 

If you’re cruising the Mediterranean and it’s also your first Western, Eastern or Southern Greek Islands cruise, you should focus first on ports that are gateways to famous cities or historic sites in the region. Many of these ports themselves are not that appealing. They are working container and freight ports, far from the iconic cities and sites and have limited things to see and do close by. They are not where you will want to spend time.

Unlike the Caribbean, where the ports themselves are beautiful with things to do at the port, the best Mediterranean ports are not. It’s what they grant access to that makes them essential to have on any list. 


Here are the 7 key ports I recommended to my friend.

Civitavecchia Port (Rome, Italy)

Civitavecchia is one of the most common ports ships call on. It is an uninspiring, slightly run-down town with little to see and do. But Rome, one of the most historically rich cities in the world with incredible sights like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Vatican City is an hour to hour and half away.

Livorno Port (Italy)

Livorno is also an unattractive, busy industrial and cruise port, but the grand city of Florence with Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce is an hour and a half away.Pisa and the Leaning Tower is 45 minutes away.

Ravenna/Trieste (Venice)

If you want to see Venice, with its grand canals, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica and the fascinating Doge’s Palace, you now must dock in the functional ports of Ravenna or Trieste. Both of which are around 2 hours from Venice.

La Spezia Port (Cinque Terre)

La Spezia in Northern Italy is an industrial port with little around it to explore. But in an hour or less you can be exploring the gorgeous Cinque Terre region, a collection of 5 amazing villages clinging to the hillside with quaint shops and popular beaches.

Katakolo Port (Katakolon, Greece)

Katakolon in Greece is a small town with one road of tourist trap shops that takes about half an hour to explore, but an hour away is the vast Olympia, home of the Olympics with extensive ruins, and remarkable museum.

Piraeus (Athens)

Piraeus is a busy industrial and cruise port, with a city to match where you could catch a Hop-on Hop-Off bus to a beach. But again, an hour away is the rich history of Athens with the beautiful Acropolis, with Parthenon and museum and Panathenaic Stadium.

Naples (Pompeii/Capri)

To get to see the incredible ruins of Pompeii or the gorgeous island of Capri, the port is Naples about an hour away from the ruins based on traffic and an often-bumpy boat ride as long to the island.


As I said to my friend, the ports are unattractive and unappealing themselves, making them some of the worst ports to call in the Mediterranean. But they also are the best because they are gateways to iconic cities and must-see sites.

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    The Must-See Ports In The Mediterranean

    I was helping my friend plan her first Mediterranean cruise recently. She said she wanted a cruise that went to the best ports and avoided the worst. I told she’d set me an impossible task as the best ports in the Mediterranean are also the worst.

     

    Here’s why and what those ports are. As I explained to her, the number of ports she can visit is vast. Though the ones worth visiting is not. I count 45 Mediterranean ports where cruise ships can dock, but there are many more places where ships can anchor and tender guests in, especially around the Greek islands. 

     

    Most Mediterranean cruises are 7-nights and call into at no more than 6 ports, so I told my friend, she must make sure whatever cruise she chooses should call on as many of the must-visit ports as possible. 

     

    As you will see, surprisingly only a few of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean make my must-visit list as there are more important things to consider.

     

    If you’re cruising the Mediterranean and it’s also your first Western, Eastern or Southern Greek Islands cruise, you should focus first on ports that are gateways to famous cities or historic sites in the region. Many of these ports themselves are not that appealing. They are working container and freight ports, far from the iconic cities and sites and have limited things to see and do close by. They are not where you will want to spend time.

    Unlike the Caribbean, where the ports themselves are beautiful with things to do at the port, the best Mediterranean ports are not. It’s what they grant access to that makes them essential to have on any list. 


    Here are the 7 key ports I recommended to my friend.

    Civitavecchia Port (Rome, Italy)

    Civitavecchia is one of the most common ports ships call on. It is an uninspiring, slightly run-down town with little to see and do. But Rome, one of the most historically rich cities in the world with incredible sights like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Vatican City is an hour to hour and half away.

    Livorno Port (Italy)

    Livorno is also an unattractive, busy industrial and cruise port, but the grand city of Florence with Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce is an hour and a half away.Pisa and the Leaning Tower is 45 minutes away.

    Ravenna/Trieste (Venice)

    If you want to see Venice, with its grand canals, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica and the fascinating Doge’s Palace, you now must dock in the functional ports of Ravenna or Trieste. Both of which are around 2 hours from Venice.

    La Spezia Port (Cinque Terre)

    La Spezia in Northern Italy is an industrial port with little around it to explore. But in an hour or less you can be exploring the gorgeous Cinque Terre region, a collection of 5 amazing villages clinging to the hillside with quaint shops and popular beaches.

    Katakolo Port (Katakolon, Greece)

    Katakolon in Greece is a small town with one road of tourist trap shops that takes about half an hour to explore, but an hour away is the vast Olympia, home of the Olympics with extensive ruins, and remarkable museum.

    Piraeus (Athens)

    Piraeus is a busy industrial and cruise port, with a city to match where you could catch a Hop-on Hop-Off bus to a beach. But again, an hour away is the rich history of Athens with the beautiful Acropolis, with Parthenon and museum and Panathenaic Stadium.

    Naples (Pompeii/Capri)

    To get to see the incredible ruins of Pompeii or the gorgeous island of Capri, the port is Naples about an hour away from the ruins based on traffic and an often-bumpy boat ride as long to the island.


    As I said to my friend, the ports are unattractive and unappealing themselves, making them some of the worst ports to call in the Mediterranean. But they also are the best because they are gateways to iconic cities and must-see sites.

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