The most beautiful ports of the Mediterranean Sea

23/01/2023
Visit ports adorned by ancient Roman monuments, modern skyscrapers, and old cities with panoramic vistas to the Mediterranean blue.
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The most beautiful sea hasn''t been crossed yet, said Nazim Hikmet in one of his poems. Connecting more than twenty countries, different cultures, centuries-old history and three continents, the Mediterranean Sea may very well be the most beautiful sea yet to be crossed. Visit ports adorned by ancient Roman monuments, modern skyscrapers, and old cities with panoramic vistas to the Mediterranean blue. Travel to the seas where continents merge, civilizations meet and history unfolds from antiquity to present day. Explore Europe, Asia and Africa with Let's Ferry and write your own Mediterranean travel story!

The Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome

1. Port of Civitavecchia - Italy

Also known as the "Black City" of Sicily, Catania is a port city that on a daily basis welcomes tourists who want to explore the island’s resort towns and historic cities, such as Taormina and Syracuse. But, before you set out to discover the beauties of Sicily, spend some time in Catania and its magnificent historical center. Visit the lava-stone Elephant Fountain (Fontana dell’Elefante) that is considered to be the symbol of the city, and the Catania Cathedral (Cathedral of Sant’Agata). At the lively Piazza Duomo, try lemon granita with a soft brioche to feel like a local. And yes, climbing Mount Etna, one of Europe’s tallest active volcanoes, will surely make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Visit Let’s Ferry for early booking offers on ferry tickets from Catania to Malta.


The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), Rome

2. Port of Catania – Italy

Also known as the "Black City" of Sicily, Catania is a port city that on a daily basis welcomes tourists who want to explore the island’s resort towns and historic cities, such as Taormina and Syracuse. But, before you set out to discover the beauties of Sicily, spend some time in Catania and its magnificent historical center. Visit the lava-stone Elephant Fountain (Fontana dell’Elefante) that is considered to be the symbol of the city, and the Catania Cathedral (Cathedral of Sant’Agata). At the lively Piazza Duomo, try lemon granita with a soft brioche to feel like a local. And yes, climbing Mount Etna, one of Europe’s tallest active volcanoes, will surely make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Visit Let’s Ferry for early booking offers on ferry tickets from Catania to Malta.

Piazza Duomo, Catania

3. Porto Torres – Italy

Start your vacation in Sardinia - the second largest island in the Mediterranean - from Porto Torres. Located just outside of the port, is the Aragonese tower, the symbol of the city, and the impressive Basilica of San Gavino, the biggest and oldest Romanic church in Sardinia. A short ferry ride across the port, you can visit the small island of Asinara. Once known for its maximum-security prison, since 1997 it hosts a beautiful National Park with donkeys and 80 other different birds and animal species, such as boars and mouflon sheep. And of course, when in Sardinia, you should expect nothing less than beaches with fine white sand and crystal clear waters. From Porto Torres, Let’s Ferry takes you to GenoaCivitavecchia and Barcelona. You can find all ferry boat itineraries and ticket offers at Let’s Ferry.

View of Porto Torres, Italy


4. Cesme Port – Turkey

Overlooking the Aegean Sea, the port town of Cesme is a highly developed tourist destination and holiday resort area that features many restaurants, luxury hotels, beautiful beaches and spas. When Cesme was inhabited by the Greeks, it was called Krini. Some of the best things to do in Cesme include swimming in the warm waters of Ilica Beach and visiting the historic Cesme Castle to enjoy a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea. Absolute must-do when being there: visit the Bazaar that takes place on Sundays! Cesme is only a short half hour away from Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey that is also part of the Turkish Riviera, also known as the Turquoise Coast. In the busy Konak Square, you can admire the Clock Tower, the 25-meter tall landmark of Izmir built in 1901. Cesme is connected with the Greek island of Chios by frequent direct ferry routes.

A picturesque street in Cesme

5. Barcelona – Spain

One of the most famous tourist destinations, Barcelona is sure to capture your heart the minute you set foot in the city’s port. Walk up the large pedestrianized boulevard La Rambla, which starts right outside of the port and leads to the city center. La Rambla is full of Spanish tapas bars, where you can enjoy plenty of authentic sangria and try Spain’s delicious thinly-sliced Jamón Serrano. The distance from the port to the city center is about 90 minutes on foot, but it is likely to take you much longer, because most of Barcelona’s main attractions are nestled around the area: the Aquarium Barcelona, the Wax Museum (Museu de Cera), the Güell Palace and Park, as well as modernist and gothic buildings, impressive bridges, beautiful parks and green spaces. It is as if the famous architect Antonio Gaudi touched the city with his magic wand and turned it into a fairytale land. The monumental church of La Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, when seen up close is far more impressive and awe-inspiring than any photo or video can capture. Travel with Let’s Ferry from Barcelona to Ciudadela, CivitavecchiaGenoaIbizaNadorPalma de MallorcaPorto Torres, and Tangier.

Columbus Monument, Barcelona

6. Valletta - Malta

Malta, the Mediterranean country that is also known as the Land of Knights, is a cosmopolitan island with a rich history. Its port is located in Valleta, the capital city of Malta, which is a UNESCO-protected site. Medieval fortresses, iconic signal towers, traditional water taxis, and crystal clear blue seas are just some of the things awaiting you in Malta. Every day at 12.00 and 4.00 pm, in the Barakka Gardens, there is a reenactment of the cannons that were once firing to salute visiting vessels, that is worth seeing! Visit the Grand Master Palace and then head to the Valetta Waterfront to take a water taxi and cross over to the Three CitiesSenglea (I-Isla)Vittoriosa (Birgu) and Cospicua (Bormla). Visit Mdina, Malta's oldest capital and take a stroll back in time away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city life! Also known as the "silent city", Mdina imposes strict noise restrictions to businesses and allows only locals’ cars in the city. Swim in the azure-colored waters of the Blue Lagoon Malta, a small beach of incomparable beauty on the island of Comino. Visit Let’s Ferry to find the ferry itinerary to Valletta and book your cheap ferry tickets online!

Small port in Malta

7. Tunis - Tunisia

The sprawling capital of Tunisia with its salt lakes, international vibe and notable French and Arabic influence is a very popular destination for European tourists. Medina, the Old City of Tunis, with its mazelike alleys is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bardo National Museum, one of the most important museums in the Mediterranean, houses artifacts and masterpieces dating back to the 13th century BC, such as the impressive mosaic of Poseidon’s Triumph and the Four Seasons. Built by the French, the Habib Bourguiba Avenue, a large thoroughfare of Tunis, is oftentimes compared to the Champs Elysees in Paris. On the outskirts of Tunis you can visit are the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage and the Baths of Antoninus, the largest set of Roman thermae built on the African continent. Visit the Carthage National Museum to find out more about the importance of Carthage during the Punic and Roman times. Head to the Oceanographic Museum to see giant whales’ skeletons and an aquarium with many different fish and marine species. Book your cheap ferry tickets at Let’s Ferry and travel from Tunis to GenoaCivitavecchiaPalermo and Salerno.

Old buildings in Tunis

8. Tangier - Morocco

Located on the edge of Africa, Tangier is a port and a fascinating city of northern Morocco. Its influence of many cultures is evident throughout the city. Take a walk around the colorful old walled city of Medina! Visit the shopping thoroughfare on Rue de la Liberte and bargain with the street vendors hustling at every other corner! At the famous Café Hafa, enjoy a mint tea with a view of the Strait of Gibraltar. Your stay in Tangier is not complete without a selfie in front of the Grand Café de Paris, ranked one of the 50 best cafes in the world, according to the Telegraph. A tip of advice: if you need to take a taxi make sure you agree on the ride fare upfront! Cab drivers in Tangier have a reputation of not putting the taximeter on and oftentimes charging too much for a short ride. From Tangier, Let’s Ferry takes you to BarcelonaGenoaAlgeciras and Sete.

The colourful walled city of Medina, Tangier

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