Four Wonders of the Mediterranean cruise
Take a cruise on the Mediterranean: the remains of ancient civilizations
There are always many advantages when taking a cruise, especially when you are going on holiday with the whole family. On a Pullmantur cruise, the choice about what you want to do is always yours to make, because there are many options available at all times, from excursions on land to relaxing activities on the installations included in all the ships in our fleet. This time we would like to encourage you to discover everything we have prepared for you and your fellow passengers on the 4 Wonders of the Mediterranean cruise, which is 6 nights long. If you are thinking about a Mediterranean cruise, there are so many possible things to do in the south of Europe, with a perfect combination of culture and landscapes as fascinating as any you can find elsewhere in the world.
Departing from Barcelona, this route will take you to some of the most important ports in Italy and France, sailing the legendary historical waters of the Mediterranean. The first place we visit is the Ciudad Condal of Barcelona, which has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain in the last few decades. There are many things to see in Barcelona, but the Sagrada Família by the genial Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí is foremost among them. It is a masterpiece that is still unfinished, with three façades dedicated to the Nativity, Passion and Glory of Jesus and a group of huge towers that will finally number eighteen when the project is completed in 2026. It is without doubt an architectural marvel that blends a number of artistic techniques and yet clearly embodies a style based on nature.
There are a number of other places in Barcelona that are well worth a visit, such as the Ramblas, which is a pleasant walk of one and a half kilometres from Plaza Catalunya to the monument of Columbus, which stands in the old port area. Then there is the Gothic Quarter, which is one of the oldest parts of the city, Paseo de Gracia, which has two of the most incredible buildings in the city, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, fine examples of Catalan modernism, and Park Güell, another of Gaudí’s masterpieces which is located in the higher part of the city. The most famous image of this park, and one that most people remember is the Dragon Staircase, a flight of steps with a fountain and a famous sculpture of a dragon that you will probably have already seen in photographs.
Cruise stops in Italy: references in Mediterranean Europe
The next stage of this Pullmantur 4 Wonders of the Mediterranean cruise is your first contact with Italy, in Civitavecchia, the port that gives direct access by road to the ultimate tourist city, which is Rome. It has an excellent location that is protected by the rivers Mignone and Marangone and was first developed on the coast of the Tyrrhenian sea during the Etruscan period. When visiting Civitavecchia, the places to visit are Forte Michelangelo and its pretty historic centre, whose 9th century walls are evidence of the medieval wealth of this region. However, this Pullmantur destination is the perfect place to visit Rome, the cradle of Western civilization and one of the cities with the densest concentration of artistic work per square metre in the world. Rome is called the Eternal City, and it seems as though time has stopped forever in some of its streets.
There is so much to see in Rome, the capital of all Italian monuments, and you cannot miss some of its sights that have retained their fascination for tourists, such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column, Saint Peter’s basilica and the Vatican museums. Besides all these, there are some that really deserve a visit, such as the majestic Sistine Chapel and the famous Fontana di Trevi as well as great urban spaces such as the Piazza Navona, Venice and the Piazza di Spagna. While we are still in Italy, this Pullmantur cruise also offers the chance to arrive in Livorno, an outstanding city in Tuscany. It is one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, full of tourist attractions and offering impressive sunsets from its busy seafront promenade.
After disembarking in this city from the 4 Wonders of the Mediterranean cruise, you will be surprised by its most famous sights. One of the most famous monuments of Livorno is the statue of the Four Moors, which was raised in honour of Fernando I de Medici at the start of the 17th century. Livorno also has two fortresses: one in the historic district of La Venezia and the other facing the sea and close to the area of the port where the cruise ships dock, known as the New Fortress. Finally, before we continue our route across the sea, we would advise you to spend part of your time exploring other parts of Livorno, like the Terraza Mascagni, a huge square which faces the waters of the Mediterranean, and the Aquarium, which displays the rich biodiversity of Mare Nostrum with more than 2,000 animals and 300 different species.
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Once you've left Livorno behind, your first contact with the cities of France on the Five Marvels of the Mediterranean cruise will be Villefranche. Here, in addition to enjoying the exceptional beaches of the French Riviera, you can travel to Nice and contemplate the landscapes of Provence.
On the other hand, if your Pullmantur ship takes you to Cannes, you will have before you a fantastic and interesting city which is world famous for hosting the European International Film Festival. Regarding what is to be seen in Cannes, the Boulevard de la Croisette and the Church of the Mother of God, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, are worth a mention.