2 Greek islands among the best Mediterranean island cruise getaways
According to the British newspaper, cruises take in many major cities and ports around Europe but sometimes smaller destinations are even more memorable. These more laid-back destinations are almost always to be found on islands and there are plenty to choose from in the Mediterranean – east and west. Spain and France have the pick of the holiday islands in the west while Greece has long been the focus of islands hopping in the east.
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A breathtaking Greek island, the remains of a volcano that created the current shape in the 16th century. The craggy setting curves around an underwater caldera (the crater) and is topped by the low, whitewashed buildings of the town of Fira. The harbour is connected to the narrow boutique and bar-filled streets above by a cable car and by a twisting path on which you can take a donkey ride. There are trips to the lava pebble beaches and to the tiny, uninhabited magma isle of Nea Kameni.
A classically Mediterranean destination, the Greek island is a world of shaded al fresco restaurants, seafront walks and little markets. British, Venetian, Ottoman and Roman influences live on in Kerkira (mostly know as Corfu Town), a 20-minute walk from the cruise berth.