European Cruise Ports – Twenty of the Most Enchanting
Ever dream about taking a cruise? I certainly do. And so when Celebrity Cruises suggested we collaborate I was more than happy to daydream through their website and be inspired to write this post. Take a look at their European Cruises for yourself but before you do, scroll down to feast your eyes on just twenty of the most ‘enchanting European cruise ports you will dream about sailing into’ … in alphabetical order.
With a population of about 20,000 people, Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland is often called the ‘Capital of the North’. From horseback riding to whale watching, skiing to ‘Beer Bath’ bathing, you won’t be bored in this cultural hub. And along with being the gateway to the spectacular natural beauty that lies in the north of Iceland – such as the Mývatn region, you are also in prime location to witness the magical ‘Northern Lights’.
There’s a very good reason Ålesund is one of the most visited towns in Norway. This magnificent Art Nouveau town with its fjord backdrop, Viking history and excellent seafood is also the starting point for amazing exploration opportunities. Visit the renowned Geirangerfjord, the bird sanctuary island of Runde, and be amazed by the snow-capped mountains of The Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmørsalpene Alps.
Norway’s second largest city, Bergen can be found hugging the mountains and overlooking the sea. If outdoor activities are your thing then you’ll be spoilt for choice exploring the seven mountains surrounding the city and the Hanseatic Wharf. Into food then the fish market is a must. And if your timing is right then you could find yourself celebrating one of Norway’s biggest cultural events, the ‘Bergen International Festival’, which is held each summer.
You’ll find Alicante, the capital of the Alicante province on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town of ‘Barrio de la Santa Cruz’, with its colourful buildings. Take yourself to the medieval ‘Castillo de Santa Bárbara’, for the perfect hilltop views of the Mediterranean coast. And when dusk sets in, enjoy dinner and drinks until the early hours.
From its small fishing village past to its film star present, the affluent resort town of Cannes on the French Riviera has lots to offer. Explore the coastline along the ‘Boulevard de la Croisette’ and walk along its sandy beaches. Go shopping, or window-shopping in one of the many boutiques, wine and dine in the sun. And of course as the town is famed for its International Film Festival, visit the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, with its red carpet and ‘Allée des Étoiles’. It’s Cannes’ answer to the walk of fame.