Cruise to top destinations like Lisbon, Paris, Porto, and more to get to know the fascinating cultures and people that make up Western Europe
Generally speaking, Western Europe is good to visit any time of year – there are advantages to every season. However, a couple of them stand out.
Visit in the shoulder seasons of autumn or spring, so April to June or September through October to enjoy:
Cruise Western Europe in the Northern Hemisphere summer (June through August) and you will get the best of everything on offer:
However, you also have to count on crowds of other visitors trying to enjoy the best of it.
Western Europe is one of the cruising hubs of the world, so no wonder almost all cruise lines offer great itineraries around it. Check out the following to help you make up your mind.
Voted Europe’s number one holiday island numerous times, Madeira is a real little gem. There is so much to do and most of the exploration is done outside, so the local ‘eternal spring’ climate fits beautifully. Here are just some of the great activities to undertake once on the island:
Belfast, a former industrial town with a troubled past, has been successfully transformed into a modern and exciting culture, gastronomy and party hotspot.
Whatever day you visit, there is sure to be a great live music performance somewhere in the city, a drink waiting to be enjoyed at one of the traditional pubs or sleek cocktail bars in the Cathedral Quarter and a delicious meal served at an excellent restaurant of your choice, of which there are plenty in Belfast.
Getting to know the modern Northern Ireland is as easy as:
Bordeaux is the sixth largest city in France, and what a city it is. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux’s city centre architecture is breathtaking with:
The area surrounding the city centre is no less spectacular. Wine-producing châteaux stand all along the great river Garonne, the lush greenery of vineyards is everywhere, and the riverside offers its visitors numerous possibilities:
The friendly port city of Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife and is a great base for exploring the whole island. Saying that, Santa Cruz itself is well worth a few days of wandering around.
The city offers fascinating sites for every taste:
History is everywhere you look in Western Europe, there are:
Every country has its own history, in addition to that of the whole region. Knowing and understanding it is an important part of getting to know the real Western Europe.
The above is also true for the culture of Western Europe – each country has its own:
But try getting closer to a border between two or more countries, you will see all of them intertwine and overlap.
While in Western Europe, try to visit any festivals that may be on at the time, soak up the local life at pubs, parks and along the narrow streets of neighbourhoods.
Eating and drinking is a cult in Western Europe. Every country has its own traditional flavours:
The area is also famous for its alcoholic beverage production, make sure you do a tasting of whatever it is they produce in the country you visit:
Western Europe is home to some of the world’s most famous artists: Da Vinci, Rubens, Monet, Rembrandt and Banksy are just some of them. The region has been an inspiration to them and many more throughout its millions of years of existence.
Instantly recognizable landmarks are also a result of this inspiration:
Some of the most visited cities in the world are located in Western Europe such as Lisbon, Porto, Paris and more. Better yet, you can see them all in one cruise! No wonder it is one of the most popular cruising routes on the planet. Shore excursions will allow for full exploration of these cities.