Europe

7 Breathtaking Mediterranean Destinations

Summer holidays are rapidly approaching and for those of us that still haven’t chosen a destination (better hurry up!), we’ve found seven superb, dazzling, fascinating and stunning pieces of paradise. You can find them all in and around the Mediterranean, the perfect place for sun lovers and beach goers. Best of all, they’re not just for pimpin’ VIPs!


1. Zakynthos - Called the “Flower of the East” by Venetians, this beautiful place is a fertile island, with many olive trees, vineyards and beaches that offer visitors an authentic Greek experience and vibrant nightlife. It has been conquered by the Venetians and even though most of its buildings were destroyed in 1953 by an earthquake, the island’s main city bears a striking resemblance to Venice’s San Marco square. The largest of all Ionian Greek Islands is home to Loggerhead Turtles, endangered species that come to here to lay their eggs. You can see this fascinating show of nature, go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the underwater caves.


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2. Santorini - Part of the Cyclades, Santorini is an island that truly deserves all the superlatives. The island is legendary for what many claim was the biggest volcanic explosion in history; it occurred around 1630 and shaped the island as we see it today. Santorini is particularly popular for its legendary sunsets, which are as brilliant as the islands volcanic past. The peaceful life, dazzling architecture and romantic settings make it one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world.


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3. Taormina - Also known as the Sicilian Monte Carlo, Taormina is a very popular and fashionable resort located on Sicily’s east coast. With a long history of invasions by several groups, the island offers visitors fascinating architecture, among which is the Greek Theatre of Taormina – one of the most famous relics in Sicily. Its cafes, ice-cream bars and restaurants give your taste buds a delicious sample of Italian life. Taormina’s churches, houses and winding streets still have a medieval feel, while the castle in Castelmola offers spectacular views of the city.


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4. Mykonos - We’ve written about this destination before and it would be a shame to exclude Greece’s most cosmopolitan island from this list. Mykonos is the place where you can party from sunset to sunrise, all between relaxing, enhancing your tan and just enjoying Greek life.

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5. Cinque Terre - Part of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is comprised of five coastal villages: Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Along with the surrounding hillsides, the area makes up the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. As part of the authorities’ commitment to protect the park, cars and bikes are not allowed in the five villages, transportation being done by electric buses. Many of the villagers have rooms to rent so you can enjoy the authentic Italian living here.


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6. Cassis - A virtual trip around the Mediterranean would not be complete without mentioning France and its luxurious Riviera. What was once a small fishing village has now become an intimate seaside resort. It still has old village streets and buildings that give it an unique charm, some even dating back to the 16th century. In recent years, Cassis has become the hideaway for those wanting to escape the overcrowded Nice or Saint Tropez.


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7. Gozo - Part of the Maltese archipelago, Gozo will provide a peaceful atmosphere with its rural and simple way of life. Meaning “joy” in Castilian, Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago and, even though it’s relatively close to Malta, it’s very different from it. The Gozitans’ traditions vary from those of the mainland — they have different accents, lifestyles and dialects. For a truly relaxing holiday, head to Gozo!

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