The charm of a mythical island

Achilleion's palace
The beaches of Corfu
The monastery of Paleokastritsa

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Elegance embraced in a fortress

Abandon yourself to the dream of a vacation on an ancient island, where nature reigns supreme and the sea that bathes it is clear and transparent like a precious gem. An MSC Mediterranean Cruise can take you there.

With an MSC Cruise you'll discover the wonders of Corfu with its magical fishing villages and walk barefoot on long white beaches, in a paradise that will delight you with its beau-ty and variety of colours. 

One of the MSC Excursions will take you to the Achilleion, the summer palace built by the Italian architect Caritto for Sissi, empress of Austria, after the loss of her only son. In-spired by Greek mythology, such as the legend of Achilles, it's adorned by heroic and dramatic sculptures and enveloped in marvellous gardens by the sea. After being used by militias as a hospital and later turned into a casino, today it is a museum dedicated to the original imperial owners.

On another MSC Excursion, you can choose between relaxing on the white sandy beaches down south or the pebbled and gravel shores up north or venture down poetic coves. If you are looking for enduring love, you can swim across the Canal d’Amor to pro-pose marriage. Whichever bay you may choose to visit, you will surely find a local tavern to enjoy the regional cuisine and have a dance.

You can travel from the small town of Paleokastritsa up a promontory to the characteristic monastery, whose splendid location offers a breathtaking view of the cliffs. This is the itinerary of an MSC Excursion. You'll enjoy some peace and quiet while observing the daily practices of the monks who live in the monastery, tasting their oil and kumquat li-queur, and visiting the small museum of Byzantine icons.

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    Under the protective wing of the gods
    Under the protective wing of the gods

    It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
    With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.

    For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes. 

    But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
    Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.