The Mediterranean region encompasses a big territory of southern Europe and northern Africa. The term means “middle Earth”, because the sea is completely surrounded by land, minus a few narrow channels. Many islands are scattered in the region. Here is our choices of the week – sunny, vibrant, adorable gems to discover!
10. Kekova, Antalya, Turkey
A small uninhabited island in the Mediterranean Sea provides a range of versatile outdoor activities. Once claimed by Italy, Kekova ultimately was assigned it to Turkey. An ancient city was established here before Christian era, however it had been destroyed by an earthquake in the 2nd century.
Why go there? Crystal clear turquoise water and ancient ruins, that are sunken under the sea or scattered around the island attract visitors here, who love to go have an exhilarating dip in this water.
9. Elba, Italy
The largest and most famous island in the Tuscan Archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Elba is the location where Napoleon was exiled in the 19th century. The pristine beaches are famous for especially bright, sparkling water and sandy stripes. Meanwhile villages, perched on the cliffs, provide an authentic Italian experience.
Why go there? Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: swimming, diving, hiking and biking. In addition numerous cultural sites welcome curious guests as well, including Napoleon Villa, bastions of the Medici, fortress Volterrayo and Villa Romana delle Grotte.
8. Procida, Italy
One of the most beautiful islands of the Phlegraean archipelago in southern Italy is just off the coast of Naples. The island has been inhabited since the ancient times, thus it carries a long historic and cultural heritage – just like anywhere else in Italy. Fishing is the main sort of income, which also defines the whole scene here: hundreds of boats huddle in the main port and colorful houses parade the waterfront.
Why go there? It is nice to explore a web of small narrow streets, that enable to admire the city center and architecture. It is a small island and is never ever crowded, therefore it attracts those who crave for an intimate getaway from busy neighboring cities like Naples. Visit this picturesque small island once in the area. It provides a much more authentic Mediterranean vibe than Capri or some other fishing villages. It is a nice place for a day trippers since you can explore the entire island relatively quickly.
7. Majorca, Spain
One of the most popular Spanish islands attracts thousands of tourists. Known for the pristine beaches and active nightlife, Majorca attracts tourists from the 19th century. Through the decade famous artists like Frédéric Chopin, Agatha Christie, George Sand and Joan Miró have visited and worked here.
Why go there? Great holiday destination, various activities, rich nature, and culture. Very busy nightlife will please those, who are looking to party.
6. Sardinia, Italy
Being the second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has a very long coast and numerous sandy beaches. The nature is versatile and provides all year round activities: horseback riding, sailing, even skiing in winter. And the cuisine is exquisite.
Why go there? Various activities, beautiful nature, great Italian cuisine and never-ending pleasant weather.
5. Hvar Island, Croatia
It is regarded as a jewel of the historically and culturally significant Dalmatian islands. Since the antiquity Hvar has been an important port for the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines. Versatile history is present in numerous architectural monuments, that attract not only curious tourists but scientists, historians and archeologists as well. The island also features rich nature, great beaches and fresh air, since it is further from the polluted civilization.
Why go there? Local wine manufacturers are among the leaders in Croatia, therefore Hvar never ceases to spoil the visitors with good wine. The island also has a busy nightlife, making it a perfect destination for everybody’s taste.
4. Sicily, Italy
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is packed with great beaches, as you may figure. You can choose from sandy coasts to cliffs like Scala dei Turchi that boasts a huge white and smoothe rock. Besides the island also features historic architecture, gorgeous active volcano Etna and exciting cities.
Why go there? You can find a wide range of beaches, great Italian cities, amazing cuisine and vibrant cultural life – every vacationer will find something that matches their taste.
3. Elafonissi, Greece
Less known than the neighboring island of Crete, Elafonissi nevertheless is a protected reserve due to its unspoiled nature. The pristine Elafonissi beach hosts pink sand and crystal clear warm water. It is perfect for sunbathing and swimming all day long.
Why go there? Because it is next to Crete. In fact, once you are there, you can walk to Elafonissi by water: when the levels are low, its only 200 m from Crete.
2. Corsica, France
The island’s volatile history is reflected in the dramatic landscape. A witness to various historic events, today Corsica attracts tourists for numerous reasons: a beautiful coastline, mountainous landscape, mild climate. The cuisine is splendid: a lot of fresh ingredients and local drinks will please every gourmet.
Why go there? Great nature, historic architecture, exquisite cuisine.
1. Santorini, Greece
The volcanic island must have been a holiday destination for the Ancient Greek gods. The place is truly divine. The white houses, rising up the cliffs, are authentic and define the island. Various luxurious resorts make it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the perfect weather.
Why go there? One of our favorite Greek destinations. Santorini offers luxury, elegance and amazing natural surroundings.