Bucket-List Beaches to Visit on a Mediterranean Cruise

View of Mediterranean beach with loungers and umbrellas on sandy shore.

The Mediterranean is synonymous with sun-kissed skies, glistening water and golden beaches. Cruising among the countries that make up this region allows travelers to visit many of the Mediterranean’s most popular locales and hidden gems. If you’re looking to soak up some rays, snorkel in the surf or take a dip in the sea, consider visiting some of the region’s best beaches during your Mediterranean cruise vacation:

Ksamil Beach

Sarande, Albania

Often referred to as the star of the Albanian Riviera, Ksamil Beach is reminiscent of the beaches in Bora Bora. Here you’ll find towering mountains surrounding stunning beaches with vibrant, clear water. Enjoy fantastic views of the Ionian Sea from the shore that’s dotted with umbrellas and loungers nestled in the sand. Plenty of water sports are available for visitors looking for adventure while local cafés offer a delightful bite to eat with tropical beverages to quench your thirst.

Moro Beach on Mala Stupa Island

Korčula, Croatia

If you’re looking for a private, unique beach that’s only accessible by boat, consider Moro Beach. It’s located on tiny Mala Stupa Island between Korčula and the Pelješac Peninsula. A quaint beach that’s void of crowds, Moro Beach is surrounded by astonishingly clear water in varying hues of blue.

Aerial view of Jaz Beach in Montenegro.
Bask in the sun on the sandy shores of Jaz Beach.

Golden Horn Beach

Hvar, Croatia

With its unique shape and gorgeous coastline, Golden Horn Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea. Fine pebbles line the shore, and a nearby pine forest is perfect for those who want to escape the sun. The tip of the beach juts out into the water and is known to change shape depending on the wind. As you explore the shore, you may find the Lucky Stone known as the “stone of happiness.” Thought to bring luck to its finder, this is a small stone that looks like a snail fossil.

Jaz Beach

Kotor, Montenegro

Many locals and tourists find Jaz Beach to be one of the most – if not the most – beautiful beach in Montenegro. Imagine relaxing on a sunbed under an umbrella as you soak up the sights of the beach’s sprawling stretch of pebbled and golden sand. Plus, the translucent waters are ideal for swimming and enjoying a variety of watersports, such as jet skiing and kayaking.

Makris Gialos Beach

Argostoli (Cephalonia), Greece

Makris Gialos Beach boasts golden sand and turquoise waters that sparkle under the sun’s rays. It’s surrounded by lush pine trees, creating a secluded and relaxed vibe. Here you’ll find sunbeds and umbrellas so you can unwind while taking in the fresh sea air.

View of Perissa Beach in the Mediterranean, where black sand meets bright blue ocean water.
Kick back and relax on the iconic black sand of Perissa Beach.

Agia Marina Beach

Souda (Crete), Greece

Agia Marina Beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and powdery sand with plenty of amenities for those looking to do more than lounge on a sunbed (although this is quite relaxing!). From jet skiing and windsurfing to hanging out by the pool at the beach club, Agia Marina is ideal for a beach day in Greece.

Perissa Beach

Santorini, Greece

Perissa Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Greece. It’s known for its iconic black sand and dark blue (but clear) waters. Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere and unique volcanic ambiance as you take in the sights. There’s also an abundance of lounge chairs, umbrellas and watersports, including an area for diving, windsurfing and parasailing. Seaside cafes and bars are a great place to enjoy Santorini’s warm weather.

Are you ready to be mesmerized by some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean? Whether you seek solitude, adventure or simply want to unwind on a lounger under an umbrella, these breathtaking beaches offer a rejuvenating escape to enhance your cruise vacation. Start planning your epic Mediterranean cruise today with one of our Personal Cruise Consultants. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!


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