Visitors can explore towns such as Binibeca or Menorca
This article was first published in the Itinerary Planning Special Report 2017. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.
A new route named WestMed and supported by Ports de Balears is to showcase the history, cuisine and culture of the west Mediterranean region to cruise passengers.
The new route takes in some of the most beautiful parts of Menorca, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, among other locations. European travellers are able to embark and disembark in the Majorcan ports of Palma and Alcudia, while their American counterparts will be able to do the same in the popular cities of Barcelona and Rome, depending on their route.
Temples and monuments from a variety of eras pepper the Mediterranean, and can be explored alongside the picturesque towns and villages. Visitors can also experience
the local cuisine.
Each destination, including Mahon, Ajaccio, Alghero and Messina, provides visitors with a sense of the ‘Mediterranean essence’, characterised by a certain light, pleasant sea breeze, leisurely pace of life and welcoming local people.
The WestMed route means that what enthralled the Greeks, Romans and Carthaginians will continue to captivate today’s visitors.