Home HOME – USE SEARCH – OR MENU CRUISE DESTINATIONS – every major popular cruise port in easy to find ways 13. Western MEDITERRANEAN; Gibraltar/Morocco, Spain, France, West Coast Italy – Ports, Towns, Tours, Talk and more

13. Western MEDITERRANEAN; Gibraltar/Morocco, Spain, France, West Coast Italy – Ports, Towns, Tours, Talk and more

The Mediterranean Season presents is with our largest and most exciting no-fly summer season. All these fantastic port stops are sunshine that can be sailed to and from. However, there are ships that case themselves at home ports like Malaga, who offer these ports without the two day sail from Southampton the Gibraltar, rounding Portugal which can be a little choppy. For those of you new to causing, enjoy these guides and help us add more destination guides and cruise tips, as well as find useful information in our section for those new to cruising. If you are looking for the Ports between Southampton and Gibraltar, they are under our British Channel to Gibraltar menu. Look here for the Canary Islands to North Africa.

WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Gibraltar. Free Glass Blowing demonstration.

Whilst many cruisers rush off to

Eating out in Spain, La Cabana in Sotogrande

Sotogrande is not far from Gibraltar and worth a thought

Duquesa, Sabinillas, La Castillo on the Costa Del Sol

All of these villages

Sotogrande and Torreguadiaro are the Beverly Hills of the Costa del Sol

Owned by the rich sherry producers

Alicante City Guide, Jean reports for Doris Visits

Alicante – a city and a port on the Costa Blanca.

Almería Information, time to be a cowboy!

We have filmed in the mountains near Almería and been based there,

Mediterranean Cruise YouTube Channel – watch Med Cruise films without the blogs

To make things easy, this is a playlist of Mediterranean Cruise Guides on YouTube. A cruisers own TV show

Barcelona, metro to Sagrada Familia and walking tour back to port

No bus or coach can park outside or anywhere near Sagrada Familia, whoever they think they are, so

Guadi’s Barcelona, Park Güell by bus and his other attractions

Guadi is all over Barcelona!  –   If you have just the time of a cruise stop, it might be wise to schedule just two places as well as Las Ramblas or one place you study well.   Park Güell on Carmen Hill opened in the year of Gaudi’s death and in 1984 made a […]

Montjuic and Museum D’Art, Jean takes you there by Metro from the port

Barcelona has an awful lot to offer,

Cartagena, a walk around the city

A firm favourite with cruisers and if you are not sure why, then you haven’t discovered all of one of Spain’s most important port cities for over 2000 years, Cartagena. To help you we have Jean’s film of the Port of Cartagena, we have the more official tourist film here. We also suggest you look […]

Cartagena City Guide, Jean’s video report for Doris Visits

It is normal to arrive around 8am and re-board by 1630hrs from a ship.

Marbella, Puerto Banus not too far from Malaga

Marbella, Puerto Banus is the place to party.

Mijas near Malaga. Our Mountain Village Guide, home of the Donkey taxi

If you want to miss the sail from the UK and avoid Gibraltar,

Almería Information, time to be a cowboy!

We have filmed in the mountains near Almería and been based there,

Malaga Guide – a wonderful city with much to offer

Malaga surprised us because we thought we knew it.

Girona City tour @ cruise stop Palamos

Gateway to season 6 of the worlds biggest ever TV show, Game Of Thrones

Marbella, Puerto Banus not too far from Malaga

Marbella, Puerto Banus is the place to party.

Estepona on the Costa Del Sol, top resort of stars & families

Estepona in the Costa del Sol, nearest airport

Tours available in Majorca

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Almudaina Palace, Palma Majorca

Originally a Muslim palace “Zuda”, was converted to gothic style in 1309 under James II.

Santa Maria Cathedral, Palma Majorca

The light bursting through the Gaudi glass makes the 7 Euro approx entry worth it.

Palma Majorca – Port Guide and what to see

Palma is the capital of the largest Balearic Island Majorca.

  • IN BRIEF – The best of the French Riviera, between Nice and Cannes. Luxury watches, Hotels for the stars going to Cannes, old town enclosed by 16th-century ramparts with the star-shaped Fort Carré.
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  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

  • IN BRIEF – A major wine region, Bandol, was founded in 1595 and built around a small military fort.
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  • IN BRIEF – Cannes, the centre for exhibitions, and the film festival. Little alley ways and expensive beer.
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Cannes, we were at Hugh Hefner’s birthday party there. A gentleman!

The glamour has gone….. Hugh Hefner dies at 91. We were at his 80th birthday party

  • IN BRIEF – Dover-like limestone cliffs and rocky trails edge an area known for producing Cassis white wine. More below.
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VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

  • IN BRIEF – A beautiful riviera town  where the song ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ was written in the summer of 1939. See more.
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  • IN BRIEF – A major port dating back to the ancient Greeks circa 600 B.C. Much to do here, see below.
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VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

  • IN BRIEF – The largest of three islands off the mainland in the Îles d’Hyères, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. See more below.
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VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

  • IN BRIEF – fishing port near the Spanish border on the Côte Vermeille in south west France on the Mediterranean. See more below.
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  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

  • IN BRIEF –  One of the largest industrial ports in France and a ten kilometre long beach on the Mediterranean sea.
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VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

  • IN BRIEF – Numerous beaches including some WWII landing sights, rocky coves and interesting town. See more below.
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  1. Bonjour – Hello
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  5. Non – No
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  • VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders

Cannes, we were at Hugh Hefner’s birthday party there. A gentleman!

The glamour has gone….. Hugh Hefner dies at 91. We were at his 80th birthday party

  • IN BRIEF – Small, beautiful, shops for the rich and famous. See more below.
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  1. Bonjour – Hello
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  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
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  8. Pardon – Sorry

VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

  • IN BRIEF – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region 13 km from Toulon it has great beaches and a interesting town.
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VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

  • IN BRIEF – Sandy beaches and a salt water lagoon also known as “Venice of the Languedoc” for its canal network.
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  1. Bonjour – Hello
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  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
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  • IN BRIEF – Port city with shingle coves and say beaches. See more below.
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  1. Bonjour – Hello
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  4. Oui – Yes
  5. Non – No
  6. Comment allez-vous? How are you?
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  8. Pardon – Sorry

VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

Toulon, France and ex Naval base and base for the film Surviving Picasso

Toulon is France’s main naval base

Tours available in Toulon, France

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

  • IN BRIEF – So good they named it twice, Villefrance, France is next to Nice and is where the Alpes meet the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
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  1. Bonjour – Hello
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VISA – No visa required for UK passport holders.

A slightly annoying thing about Ajaccio (“AY-YA-CHO”) is to pronounce it correctly or they get a little annoyed. If they do, through a Welsh town at them!

Corsica City Guide, Jean’s film of the port for Doris Visits

Our ship stopped at Corsica as an unexpected added bonus

Monaco and Monte Carlo; playground of the rich

It is an easy port to walk round. Monaco is actually smaller than Central Park

ROME: Walk past the ruins to the Colosseum, Jean’s reports for Doris Visits

The walk from King Vittorio’s Monument to the Colosseum passes by many ruins.

Rome – Angels & Demons walking tour – DIY on the metro

Rome – Angels and Demons is a great way to see Rome,

ROME: First time? Confused? Train and Bus Tour? excellent value, great guide

When you know Rome really well it is fair to say

ROME: TREVI FOUNTAIN & SPANISH STEPS and pimp your Magnum!

Visiting the Trevi Fountain can be like going to a rock concert.

Rome, the Piazza Navona & Pantheon

Rome is a great weekend away

Rome City Guide, Jean’s first of many films on Rome for Doris Visits

ROME walking guide and bus tour – It was not built in a day and you will not see everything in a day. My guess is you will never see my favourite church! Not that I am into churches but the one on September XII street near the Termini takes some beating. If you arrive on […]

Genoa, an Italy cruise ship stop on the Mediterranean

Genoa is a regular Mediterranean Cruise stop Genoa is a port with an eclectic city of secret beauty displayed in its daring architecture and frescoes found in some almost forgotten noble palaces. Genoa is the capital of a region called Liguria which is on the coast in north west Italy. Famous for its pesto, which originated from […]

Marina di Carrara, Italy. Massa and Carrara. White marble Tuscany.

Welcome to Tuscany. Sun, Chianti and Pizza.

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia. Jean films the town for Doris Visits

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia by train.

La Spezia Guide, video report by Jean for Doris Visits

Trains from here are easy.

Florence – by train from cruise port

Florence is a great place for a long weekend, so a cruise will give you a taste

Tours available in Florence, Italy

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia. Jean films the town for Doris Visits

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia by train.

Florence – by train from cruise port

Florence is a great place for a long weekend, so a cruise will give you a taste

Tours available in Florence, Italy

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia. Jean films the town for Doris Visits

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia by train.

Marina di Carrara, Italy. Massa and Carrara. White marble Tuscany.

Welcome to Tuscany. Sun, Chianti and Pizza.

Naples Pizza Festival, so good they do it twice.

P&O Ventura managed to visit Pizzafest in 2017.

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia. Jean films the town for Doris Visits

Pisa City Guide, from La Spezia by train.

Florence – by train from cruise port

Florence is a great place for a long weekend, so a cruise will give you a taste

Tours available in Florence, Italy

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Sicily’s capitol and Italy’s capitol of Culture 2018

Between Eastern Med and Western Med routes, Palermo sits at the foot

Giardini Naxos: The Godfather of all tours, Corleone family footsteps in Sicily

Sicily has over a hundred tours

Cruisers guide to Messina in Sicily

Some ships dock at Messina (but mainly ferries)

Messina Strait, sail through by P&O Aurora R717.

The Strait of Messina (Stretto di Messina) is the narrow passage

Cruisers guide to Cagliari, Sardinia

Sardinia is renowned for having a population who live to be

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