It can be mighty tempting to book a holiday to Europe and spend your entire time exploring the cities. But if you find yourself in this area, it’s worth taking some time to discover one or more of the beautiful places on offer in the Mediterranean. You guys, we’re talking about the most beautiful water you’ve ever seen, amazing food, sunshine and days that seem to go forever. We’re talking coastal European towns and memories that will last a long time.
If you’re after some holiday inspiration for your next European vacation, look no further than these amazingly beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean. There are so many ways you can see this part of the world too, either hop aboard a tour, map out your own path or set sail on the high seas with a Mediterranean cruise… there really is no wrong way to discover the area and you can be sure it’s an adventure you won’t soon forget.
The beautiful and popular Spanish island of Majorca plays home to scores of tourists throughout the year. It’s famous for drop-dead gorgeous beaches complete with perfect white sand and brilliant blue water, begging you in for a dip after a big day lapping up the sunshine. Not only is Majorca beautiful, it’s also famous for its raging nightlife and amazing Spanish food, of course.
With 1000km of coastline, it’s no wonder Greece has become famous for its stunning beaches and a popular hotspot for tourists. As always, what makes a trip to Greece so special is the amazing hospitality you experience and the incredible food. Seriously, so many good food memories. In Crete, you’ll find yourself exploring idyllic beaches while still marvelling at the nearby mountain ranges.
Cinque Terre, Italy
If there’s one thing we know about the Italians, it’s that they’re spoiled with a country filled with natural beauty and amazing food. A visit to Cinque Terre will see you indulging in both of these things and much, much more. Think big green cliffs with brightly coloured homes jutting outside the side, tumbling down to the bright blue water below. Throw in some amazing Italian food and you’re pretty much in heaven.
Like the other places on this list, Dubrovnik gives visitors access to the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean. The historic walled city with its marble streets is the perfect place to spend your days wandering and exploring before throwing yourself into the water for a cooling afternoon swim. The views here are spectacular and their sunsets are absolutely not to be missed. There are some pretty amazing cruises and sailing adventures to be had in Croatia too.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a slip-up. We had Majorca, now we’ve got Menorca. This island is home to some of the most perfectly clear water you’ll ever see, which will have you spending all day, every day, in your swimsuit, jumping off boats and snorkelling to your heart’s content. A quick warning though, you may never want to leave.
This spectacular mountainous island is a little different to everything else I’ve mentioned. The island is a mix of coastal towns, forest and peaks jutting out of Earth. Not only will you find yourself surrounded by the Mediterranean, you’ll also be able to take in outdoor pursuits like hiking and camping if you like. Corsica is the ultimate Mediterranean destination for the outdoors lover!
Another gorgeous place to visit in Greece, the island of Santorini is straight out of your Mediterranean dreams. The sky bursts a brilliant blue, with bright white houses and buildings set into the sides of the land, cascading down into towns, topped with bright blue roofs. It’s a place that feels like magic, the days are somehow longer, the weather is perfect and the beaches are unbeatable. If you can, find a way to sail between a few of the Greek Islands in this region, it’s a magical experience.
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