Adriatic cruises offer a unique chance to explore a part of the world that claims to be the ‘real’ Mediterranean.
As well as taking in the well-travelled western Italian coast, cruises to the region also stop at countries such as Croatia and Albania, which have only come to the fore as prime tourist destinations relatively recently.
Typically, cruises around the Adriatic Sea tend to stop at Venice at some point – and with good reason. The city is well known for its canals and culture, particularly huge events such as the Venice Film Festival and the Biennale art exhibition, both of which capture the world’s attention whenever they swing round.
The region around Venice, Veneto, is also an attractive location for holidaymakers as a result of its eye-catching mountain scenery and the nearby cities of Verona and Padua, each of which hold a number of cultural and historical delights.
Moving on, Croatia has become increasingly popular among tourists in recent years. Dubrovnik is perhaps the main highlight of the country. Situated on the beautiful Dalamatia coast, the city is a feast for the eyes when it comes to its medieval architecture, which is situated in a part of Dubrovnik that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Another potential cruise stop in Croatia is Split, a large city that is home to numerous monuments and ruins that reflect its long history. The Diocletian’s Palace is a particularly popular attraction in Split and is well worth a look if you stop in the city.
Lastly, Albania is a culturally diverse destination thanks to the heavy influence of numerous civilisations, particularly the Romans, the Greeks, the Turks and the Italians.
Its main cruise stop is Durres, a city that is second only to Albania’s capital, Tirana, in terms of size and population. Dating back to the seventh century BC, there is much to see here in terms of historical attractions and sights.
Whichever itinerary you choose for your Adriatic cruise, you can be sure of having an unforgettable trip that will likely open your eyes to aspects of the Mediterranean that you may not have seen on holidays to more well-traversed parts of the region.