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Are you in the market for a great getaway sometime this year, but you aren’t sure where to go or what to do? Picking just one place for a holiday can be a daunting experience to say the least, especially if you’re travelling with other people that you need to take into consideration in terms of budget, tastes and the like. The Mediterranean has always attracted visitors from around the globe, and for good reason – the climate, food, and culture are all fantastic in the area, allowing tourists and travellers a chance to really experience some of the best bits of each. Whether it’s your first or fifth time visiting the Med, here are some of our favourite countries you should check out.
Italy has always been one of the most popular destinations for many people who visit the region. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, but it has numerous cities and regions which are rich with history, allowing you to step back through time to the age of centurions and Ceasar. With amazing cuisine, wine and culture there’s no better option than visiting Italy. For a truly beautiful and unique experience, head to the Amalfi Coast for colourful villages built into the cliff sides and small harbour towns that offer a real taste of true, rural Italy. Play tourist in Rome or Napoli by getting those famous photos of holding up the Leaning Tower, or visit the likes of the Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain and the Coliseum. Get to Italy by booking a cheap flight to Rome, Napoli, Milan, Turin or Sicily.
One of the most beautiful countries in the Med area, Croatia is comprised of both a mainland and island area. Much of the islands, known colloquially as the ‘Dalmatian Coast’ due to their scattered and spotty appearance from above, are home to unique and individual vibes with really interesting options for accommodations such as caves, stone houses and more. Sailing is a huge activity throughout the islands, with various other water sports being popular. One of the easiest ways to get around is by boat on sailing trips, which allows you to really get a feel for the island life in Croatia. The mainland has the unique city of Zagreb which is home to a truly interesting piece of artwork of Mary, Mother of Jesus. It’s said it was the only thing to survive a terrible fire several hundred years ago, and so today it’s housed in a bridge house which has turned into a shrine. It’s said that wishes made there come true, so definitely be sure to check it out if you’re in Zagreb.
Who can say no to beautiful Greek islands, delicious food and welcoming locals? Pretty much no one! Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the Mediterranean with dozens of islands you can visit along with rich history steeped in myth and mythology. The mainland is home to some of the most beautiful ancient sites such as Delphi, the former home or oracles which used to tell the future and the like. Also on the mainland is Meteora, a beautiful collection of hilltop monasteries that are sometimes accessible only by cable car. Other areas of note on the mainland include the small town of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. The tile of the palace he was born in is still visible, with other ruins of the palace being a great spot to visit.
France may not be the first country you think of when you think of the Mediterranean, but the French Riviera is very Mediterranean with its strips of beaches, resort towns and hot weather. Nice is one of the most popular of the Mediterranean towns in France, with Cannes being extremely popular around Film Festival time. The French Riviera is popular for tourists from all walks of life, from families with young children to couples on honeymoons and the like. Many of the towns and villages along the Mediterranean coast offer a whole array of activities from hiking and sailing to boating trips to good dive and snorkelling sites and more. If you’re looking for a place with excellent choices in cuisine, the French Riviera is the place to go, what with influences of Italy and Spain being found in some of the regions best dishes.
With so many cool countries that line the Mediterranean coast, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to picking just one country to visit for your holidays. Why not pick a couple to visit in the next little while – you honestly won’t regret it! The Mediterranean is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and with the Mediterranean cuisine, you’re in for a real treat too.