Top Three Places To Explore In The Mediterranean

Beautiful beaches, strong sun, gorgeous natural landscapes and incredible history make the Mediterranean, most holidaymaker’s dream destination. In our opinion, these are the three must-see places for you to explore.

Best places to visit in the Mediterranean: Vernazza, Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera
Vernazza, Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera

3 Best Places to Visit in the Mediterranean

Barcelona

While there is perhaps less natural beauty or stunningly preserved history in Barcelona than other alternatives, the city is a fantastic destination to visit and absolutely full of life. It is really worth walking around central Barcelona in order to get the most out of it, admiring the spectacular architecture. Antoni Gaudí was particularly influential in his modernisme architecture that can be seen particularly in religious buildings across the city. Art fans will be able to see some of Picasso’s early work, among other treasures, in the Fundació Joan Miró gallery, one of the largest in the world.

Best places to visit in the Mediterranean: Buildings of the Eixample from the roof of La Pedrera, Barcelona
Buildings of the Eixample from the roof of La Pedrera, Barcelona: Photo ScotchBroom / CC 2.0

Sardinia

Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy, is a must for any adventurers or nature lovers. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, the Golfo di Orosei national park is a huge expanse of sandy beach perfect for a spot of tanning or a relaxing stroll. The white sand almost matches the stunning white limestone of the crescent cliff beneath the lush greenery, and is best observed on a boat tour, or you can try your hand at abseiling the gorges. Further inland you can see the expanses of agricultural land that provides the delicious cuisine the island is famed for, so be sure to sample some of the bread, olives, and cured meats. Wine fans will be very happy, as the island is home to several vineyards, offering tasting sessions and tours for reasonable prices.

Best places to visit in the Mediterranean: Su Giudeo Beach in Teulada, Sardinia
Su Giudeo Beach in Teulada, Sardinia: Photo emmequadro61 / CC 2.0

Dubrovnik, Croatia

It can’t be ignored that the Med was home to some of the most feared and respected ancient global powers, the Greeks and the Romans. Some of the best preserved examples of the Ancient Greeks’ conquests are still standing in Dubrovnik, in sunny Croatia with their characteristic terracotta roofs. Tours are available of the 2kilometre long city walls, providing a fascinating insight into the turbulent history of these classical civilisations, and they remain as inspiration for fiction. Fantasy fans can channel their inner Khaleesi on the walls where Game of Thrones is filmed, or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from Napoleon’s Imperial Fort.’

Best places to visit in the Mediterranean: View from Dubrovnik city wall
View from Dubrovnik city wall: Photo Jimmy Harris / CC 2.0

Because of the numerous fantastic cities to explore, the Mediterranean continue to rake in visitors from all over the globe as an established sailing route, giving holiday makers the chance to explore a variety of the great cities Europe has to offer.

About James Crier

I'm 22 year old history graduate keen to share my travel ambitions and experiences in informal yet informational contributions to this site. I have in the past stayed in a variety of accommodations ranging from luxurious 5 star hotels to the most basic of youth hostels, in destinations all around the world including Paphos, Paris, London Sardinia, New York and Amsterdam. My contributions will not be limited to these locations however as I have a an in-depth knowledge of many other countries and cities and I aim inspire fellow Travel enthusiasts to pursue their travel ambitions!

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