Genoa is the capital of Northwest Italy's Liguria region, The port of Genoa is only a short walk from the centre of historic Genoa and offers cruises heading to a wide range of splendid Mediterranean destinations.
Genoa itself is also a stunning destination, which is why you should take advantage of a cruise and stay option in order to spend some time in the city before embarking on your cruise holiday.
Take the time to explore Genoa and discover a range of fabulous landmarks and attractions, guaranteed to impress and fascinate. The city is brimming with historic districts, filled with old structures offering an enthralling insight into the area’s cultural history. Go for a stroll along the picturesque Old Harbour, observe the impressive 16th century fortifications on the hills that surround the city, marvel at the region’s stunning collection of Baroque-style architecture at Via Garibaldi or see spectacular views of the city from the superb funicular railway. There are plenty of museums and exhibitions littered throughout Genoa too, including the second largest Aquarium in Europe, the Naval Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Doria Museum of Natural History. With so much to see and do, Genoa is a truly inspiring Italian destination.
A number of cruise lines operate cruises from Genoa, calling at a variety of beautiful ports and famous cities along Europe’s Mediterranean coastline.
Cruises from Genoa will often call at a selection of Greek Islands, including Crete. Crete is a large island with plenty of excursion and sightseeing opportunities. You can discover the island’s abundant archaeological heritage at ancient sites including the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The ancient ruins of Gortys and Phaistos are also well worth visiting. Historic monasteries are distributed across Crete, including the intricate St George of Selinari Monastery, which is one of the most popular religious structures on the island. Crete is also famous for its stunning natural beauty in the form of verdant valleys and tranquil vineyards as well as a labyrinth of thousands of caves, many of which can be explored on foot.
The vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona is also available on many cruises from Genoa. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the largest in Catalonia, home to a wide range of things to see and do. The famous architecture of Gaudi is littered across the city, the most prominent example of which is arguably La Sagrada Famila – or the unfinished cathedral – a majestic structure which dominates the city’s skyline. The region’s superb beaches offer a wonderful place to relax in the sun or take a dip in the ocean to cool off, or alternatively, intrepid travellers can take a scenic trip to the Montserrat mountain range, home to an ancient and intriguing monastery.
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