Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for encompassing some of the world’s favourite dishes, with incredible flavours and fresh ingredients characteristic of the food. The fare is even regarded as extremely healthy, making it a favourite among foodies.
While recreating meals at home and trying local Mediterranean restaurants can be enjoyable, the only way to appreciate authentic Mediterranean food is by exploring the region, tasting at the likes of Italian delicatessens, French Michelin-star restaurants and Moroccan cafes.
Mediterranean cruises from travel providers like Cruise Kings offer the ideal way to get a true taste of the cuisine, allowing you to visit multiple destinations across the region to develop a thorough understanding of the techniques and flavours, and truly taste Mediterranean food at its best.
Here you can find some of the top gourmet experiences that you can enjoy as part of a Mediterranean cruise. Turn your holiday into a foodie tour that you will never forget.
Parisian Michelin-star restaurants
Paris is renowned being home to plenty of Michelin-star restaurants, with eateries across the city boasting finesse in dining quite unlike anywhere else. Your gastronomical experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to at least one.
One of the many standout eateries is the three-starred Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, which boasts a spectacular crystal-clad ceiling alongside its incredible menu. Find out more and reserve your table here.
Try authentic Moroccan food
Tagine is Morocco’s most famous dish, and with good reason. Boasting rich flavours, beautifully tender meat – preferably lamb, and delicious vegetables, trying an authentic version of this meal is a must. Look out for small, charming restaurants off the beaten track.
Cruises often offer you the opportunity to stop at Casablanca, a thriving, chic city home to numerous stylish restaurants, quaint cafes and amazing bakeries. Try the famous Patisserie Bennis Habous for traditional Moroccan sweets and biscuits.
Wherever you visit along the Mediterranean on your cruise, as soon as you alight the liner, you are likely to spot amazing seafood restaurants with the freshest ingredients possible. Look out for venues where you can dine outside and enjoy the sea-salt air, incredible views and sound of the crashing waves for an unforgettable multi-sensory dining experience.
You might stop in Athens or Olympia during your trip, and while there are incredible ancient sights to behold, you mustn’t forget to visit a delicatessen, where you can try fantastic cured meats, delicious feta, Greek olives, beautiful salads and tasty tzatziki.
When in the capital city, make your way to the Monastiraki neighbourhood where you will find street food vendors handing out pastries, hot lunches, intriguing teas and souvlaki. Stop for a moment to enjoy the aromas before taking your pick.
Venice is one of the most incredible places to dine in the world, with a multitude of canal-side eateries offering just-caught seafood, impossibly thin pizzas and handmade pasta dishes. With a glass of Italian wine and some candlelight, what more could you ask for?
Try to get a seat by the Grand Canal where you can look out to the striking Rialto Bridge, watching as people glide past in gondolas; stop in a luxurious restaurant in the impressive and romantic Piazza San Marco, such as the Gran Caffe & Ristorante Quadri; or explore narrow cobbled streets and find those less frequented gems where the food is to die for.