What is it about Mediterranean destinations that make them so coveted? Is it because they provide a great escape from the daily grind? Or is it because they offer a visual pleasure like no other? Whatever be the reason of their popularity, Mediterranean destinations are a class apart and make for some really great experiences. Let us take a look at our pick of the top 10 Mediterranean destinations.
Majorca is known for its bustling nightlife and for its attractive beaches. Famous artists and writers like Joan Miro, Agatha Christie, and Frédéric Chopin have traveled there to find some inspiration. It is one of the oldest Mediterranean tourist destinations and has been attracting tourists since the 19th century. It is an all-encompassing place which combines culture, nature, and activity. The best months to visit Majorca is the period between June and October. Top attractions include the Cap de Formentor, Palma Cathedral, Serra de Tramuntana, and Bellver Castle.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in the world. The crystal clear world is surrounded by steep cliffs, making for a total contrast. Navagio is not only a beach, but is also a popular hub for base jumping. You can explore the whole island in just a day’s time. The best thing about Navagio is that it can be visited at any time of the year.
Dubrovnik is a Mediterranean holiday destination and a historical site rolled into one. Apart from spending time on the beaches, you can go for a cable-car ride or explore the amazing architecture of the historic Old Town. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is one of the best preserved of its kind in Europe. Visit the island during the summer to enjoy the ‘Dubrovnik Summer Festival.’ The best time to visit Dubrovnik is from May to October.
Manarola, Liguria, Italy
Manarola is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is part of the Cinque Terre chain and is located on the Italian Riviera. Manarola is the place to go to if you are looking for a romantic Mediterranean getaway. The village actually consists of a hiking trail, known as ‘Love’s Trail’. Travel to Manarola to spend some quiet time with your significant other.
Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece
Melissani Cave is quite the natural wonder. Surrounded by forests on the outside, it hides a beautiful turquoise colored lake inside. As you go in, sitting on a boat, you may feel like you are floating on air. This is because the cave has a large hole directly above the lake which lets in sunlight. Apart from the lake, the cave also hides an islet inside its breadth. As a visitor, you can access the cave through an underground tunnel.
Menorca may be small, but it is home to a staggering 120 beaches! Take a bath in the crystal clear waters or simply laze around on these beaches. You can even go for a kayak or a canoe ride. There is no dearth of activity on the beaches of Menorca. It is also home to a huge variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna. The best time to visit Menorca is from 23rd to 25th June. This is when the island celebrates the ‘Festes de Sant Joan’ festival. The Fornells Bay, located on the north coast of Menorca, is the best place for windsurfing and for sailing. The bay has formed a big natural harbor around clear and gentle waters. The wind is usually steady and the water is always flat. Several sailing schools are located nearby for budding sailors.
French Riviera, France
Just like Dubrovnik, the French Riviera is also a historically important destination. You can explore the whole coast or choose to stay put at one site. Top destinations include Saint-Tropez, Nice, and Cannes. While the latter is famous for the movie festival, Nice has been attracting tourists since the 18th century. The climate is good throughout the year and summers are extremely comfortable.
Sardinia is home to several sandy beaches and a long, winding coast. Apart from exploring the beaches, you can also go for horse riding or for sailing. In addition, Sardinia is a great place for skiing during the winter months. Sardinia is also a place to explore your culinary senses, especially if you have a liking for Mediterranean dishes. Sardinia has an inviting climate and can be visited throughout the year. Another major tourist attraction of Sardinia that deserves mention is its mysterious ‘beehives.’ The island is dotted with these ruins from the Bronze Age, which are shaped just like beehives. The oldest of these ruins is the ‘Su Nuraxi.’ It dates back to 1500 BC.
The coastline of Corsica covers a total length of 1000 kilometers. It is dotted with numerous resorts and is home to the ‘Corsica Vacation Natural Regional Park’. The latter is a beautifully preserved heritage region of France. It consists of marine parks, resorts, and five nature reserves. Corsica has had a volatile past and it shows in its landscape. There are mountains as well as coastlines. There are nature parks as well as resorts. The cuisine of Corsica is also to watch out for. Corsica is also known for the ‘toughest trek in Europe’. The walking trail is located high among the mountains and is not meant for inexperienced trekkers. The track, known as GR20, is quite remote in nature and has a rough terrain. If you choose to go for a trek along this trail, make sure to carry your own food and water.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is a place of amazing natural diversity and of physical beauty. It has been inhabited since the middle ages and is an architectural marvel. The rural areas show how the residents have adapted to the diverse nature of the place. While exploring Amalfi, you will come across low slopes, upland pastures, as well as several vineyards and orchards. UNESCO describes Amalfi as the best example of Mediterranean landscape in the world. It is perfect for a short break from the hectic schedules of life. The top destinations in Amalfi include the Africana Club, the Sant’Antonino Festival, Museo Correale, Sagra del Tonno and the Villa Cimbrone. Visit Amalfi during spring to experience the best of the Mediterranean climate and colors.
Originally posted 2017-04-12 07:05:38.