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13 Mediterranean Cruise Parks for your Royal Caribbean Oasis-Class Ship


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Mediterranean cruises are rich in sights, history, culture and experiences. But sometimes a couple of hours enjoying a simple park can be a welcome respite from touring.  

 

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are sailing between six ports in Spain, France, and Italy in 2024 and 2025. Allure sailing roundtrip from Barcelona and her "sister," Oasis sailing roundtrip from Rome.


In this article, I’ll unveil 13 parks that stand as special attractions in their own right or are great additions to other sites on the same property or next door. From Barcelona to Rome, these parks offer travelers a chance to immerse yourselves in nature's beauty while exploring the rich tapestry of cultural heritage woven throughout the Mediterranean."

 

 


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Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas sail to Spain, France and Italy.


13 of the Best Parks to Visit on Your Royal Caribbean Oasis-Class Western Mediterranean Cruise:

  


Barcelona, Spain


Parc Güell: Designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers you a chance to meander through a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and shapes, where whimsical structures blend with nature. Be sure to visit Guell Park’s panoramic terrace for sweeping views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.




Parc de Montjuïc: From the historic Montjuïc Castle to the verdant botanical gardens, there's no shortage of wonders to experience in this expansive park. Montjuic Park’s location at the top of a hill, the grounds of the 17th century castle, overlooks Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. You can grab a cab or ride the cable car to the top and enjoy museums and remnants of the 1992 Olympics throughout the area.  

 


Parc del Laberint d'Horta: Barcelona's oldest park, Labyrinth Park of Horta, has an air of timeless elegance, with its neoclassical gardens and the enchanting labyrinth at the center. You can wander through manicured lawns, fragrant rose gardens, and shaded groves, as you admire ornate sculptures and tranquil ponds along the way. It’s a peaceful, meditative place that’s away from the city center.

  


Palma de Mallorca, Spain


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Parc de la Mar: “Park by the Sea” is adjacent to Palma's iconic Cathedral Mallorca (also known as Cathedral La Seu) and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the heart of the city.  Enjoy a tranquil atmosphere with lush lawns, palm-lined promenades, a man-made lake. You can stroll by the sea, take in little shops, see local art and grab a bite to eat and a cold drink.

 

 



Province (Marselle), France


Parc Borély: Often considered one of Marseille's best parks, Borely Park is a 44-acre park along the coast near the beach containing manicured gardens, two large ornamental lakes, and lawns rich with vegetation, including palm and cypress trees. The park is home to Château Borély, a magnificent 18th-century mansion now housing the Museum of Decorative Arts, which showcases the rich cultural heritage of Marseille and the Provence region.



Parc Longchamp: Renowned for its historical significance and architecture, Longchamp Park is also home to Marseille's Palais Longchamp, an impressive monument housing museums and exhibitions. Filled with lush greenery, Baroque fountains and landscaped gardens, this natural beauty and cultural heritage to warrant being on a short list of Marseille parks.


 


Florence/Pisa, Italy

 

Giardino di Boboli: These Renaissance gardens are located behind the Pitti Palace and are a great add-on after touring the palace. Designed in the 16th century, the Boboli Gardens feature lush greenery, sculptures, fountains, and stunning panoramic views of the city. Have fun exploring winding paths, discovering hidden grottos, pond and admiring the landscaping.


 



Giardino di Villa Petraia: Situated on the outskirts of Florence, the Gardens of Villa Petraia offer a peaceful retreat and are worth visiting along with the villa. Built in the 14th century, the property was purchased by the Medici family in the 1500s. The villa and the Renaissance-era-designed grounds are renowned for their beauty and historical significance. You can stroll through the formal gardens, admire the scenic views of the Tuscan countryside, and explore the elegant villa with its frescoed rooms and art collections.

 


Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

 


Parco Regionale Urbano di Villa Ada: The serene Villa Ada Park offers a peaceful retreat away from the crowds, with wooded areas, rolling hills, and picturesque lakes. Visitors can hike, bike, or picnic amidst lush greenery, as well as explore historic landmarks such as the Temple of Flora and the House of the Yellow Storks.




Giardini di Villa Borghese: This sprawling park is one of Rome's largest green spaces, offering a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. When you want a break from the hustle and bustle of visiting the culturally and historically rich sites, enjoy a stroll along tree-lined avenues, admire fountains and sculptures, and relax by the lake. The park also houses several cultural attractions, including the Borghese Gallery and the Bioparco di Roma (Rome Zoo).


 

Naples/Capri, Italy


Giardini di Augusto (Capri): Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, the Augustus Gardens offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Faraglioni rock formations and the azure waters of the Med. The park is filled with colorful flowers, lush vegetation, and winding pathways, providing a serene retreat along the island's rugged coastline; giving you an amazing experience with soft, rugged, colorful and stark scenes, each capturing its own style of beauty.

 


Capodimonte Park (Naples): Surrounding the historic Royal Palace of Capodimonte, this expansive park is a hidden gem in the heart of Naples. Its sprawling grounds feature diverse flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature lovers. Visitors can explore wooded areas, stroll through botanical gardens, or visit the renowned Capodimonte Museum housed in the palace, which houses an impressive collection of art and artifacts. If visiting the palace, it’s worth spending some time enjoying the grounds.

 



And one more special park, available to you throughout your cruise!


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Central Park, Oasis of the Seas & Allure of the Seas: Imagine a park unlike any other – not on land, but aboard your ship. Royal Caribbean's Central Park is a must-see neighborhood filled with winding pathways, vibrant flowers, and lush greenery, all set within a stunning botanical garden atmosphere. You may even come across an occasional small lizard or bird that’s made its home here. Towering trees, reaching over two decks high, create a breathtaking canopy while the park by day and also with nighttime park lighting after dark. Even the appropriate day and night sounds of a park greet you.


This onboard paradise offers a tranquil and tropical retreat, inviting guests to unwind amidst its serene ambiance. Yet, it's not just a scenic escape; Central Park also buzzes with activity, offering exciting shopping and dining experiences along its perimeter. Central Park provides the perfect blend of natural beauty and onboard entertainment whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure. Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in this unique onboard oasis, where the charm of a garden park meets the excitement of a cruise ship experience.

 


When you opt to sail on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas in the Western Mediterranean, you’ll have your own park to come back to after exciting Mediterranean sights and experiences during the day.


In fact, if you don’t mind foregoing an ocean view or ocean balcony cabin, I’d consider one of the Central Park cabins. There are some with just a window but better yet, consider one that has a balcony.  Why not make Central Park part of the beginning and end of your day by enjoying the view and peacefulness of the lights in the tree canopy with your morning coffee or a nighttime glass of wine?


Happy Traveling!

-Connie




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