The Mediterranean is synonymous with a number of tempting attractions. Delicious food, spectacular scenery and fascinating history are just some of the things that make this region one of the world’s hottest holiday destinations.
There are 21 different countries that border the Mediterranean Sea and a host of seaside cities and towns, each with a unique character. While we would love to guzzle down everything the Mediterranean dishes up, we’ve rounded up our 5 favourite Mediterranean cities you should think about visiting. If you still can’t decide, browse the websites of tour companies like Gypsian Boutique Tours to get some ideas and inspiration.
1. Santorini, Greece
What captures the spirit of the Mediterranean better than the white walls and blue rooftops of spectacular Santorini? Though technically an island, there are a few towns on Santorini where you can indulge in amazing Greek cuisine and stunning views of the surrounding Aegean Sea. Pebble beaches and an active volcano are just some of the other features that make Santorini a worthwhile visit.
2. Nice, France
Capital of the French Riviera, Nice is a spectacular city bordering the Mediterranean Sea filled with cosmopolitan boutiques and restaurants. Nice has a long history of tourism; late in the 18th century it became an increasingly popular holiday destination amongst upper-class aristocrats from England with its mild weather and natural beauty. There are many avenues to pursue in this city – try walking up Castle Hill for spectacular views across the city and Cote D’Azur.
3. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the Dalmatian Coast. The Old Town is a destination in itself, consisting of winding streets and fortress walls that date back to medieval times. Dubrovnik offers tourists a number of activities, from going up Mt Srđ in a cable car to lounging by the coastline – it’s a city filled with history and culture.
4. Portofino, Italy
The Italian Riviera is known for its picturesque towns and amazing coastal landscape, so you can’t go wrong with the fishing town of Portofino. This quaint village is one of the most popular resort towns along the Italian Riviera due to its atmosphere of exclusivity and glamour, but it’s also easily reached on a day trip from Genoa. When the sun is shining, you can expect to see people basking on a yacht, walking along cobblestone streets or checking out historic sites – and, of course, tucking into Italian cuisine!
5. Majorca, Spain
If it’s good enough for the Spanish royal family, it’s good enough for us! Majorca is part of the Balearic Islands archipelago and houses the Marivent Palace, the royal family’s summer residence. Above anything else, Majorca’s spectacular coastline is what attracts tourists and makes this sunny destination one of the top holiday spots in Europe. The shoreline is dotted with glamorous resorts and dramatic cliffs, impressing visitors and locals alike.
Have you visited any of these destinations? Where is your favourite place to holiday in the Mediterranean? Tell us about it in the comments below!