While for some a vacation means excitement, adventure and awe; for others, vacation is a retreat to a Mediterranean beach with long days of languor and delicious nights in old fish towns. And even though Mediterranean beach destinations are many, Skyscanner’s top eight picks are an absolute favourite in the travelogues of globe-trotters.
1. Majorca, Spain
This Ballearic Island in Spain tops the list of Mediterranean vacation spots with its ravishing beaches and resplendent mountains. Already an extremely popular holiday destination for tourists from Germany, the UK, the USA, Ireland, Poland and Canada; Majorca offers a rich cultural, geographical and historical experience for the Mediterranean lovers. The Limestone Mountains on the island are speckled with several sheltered coves and breathtaking beach resorts. In addition to various Roman and Moorish remains which you can explore on the island, there are several stone build villages as well. Even the members of Spanish Royal family spend their summer vacations on the island at the Marivent Palace.
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2. Zakynthos, Greece
This lush green Greek island is located in the Ionian Sea and is fast becoming a top Mediterranean vacation spot. Famously known as ‘the flower of the East’, the island is abounding with olive and grape plantations. The Navagio Beach is the most famous landmark on the island, isolated by cliffs and only accessible by boat. The cliffs around Cape Skinari have several Blue Caves and the area is famous for BASE jumping. The city has a rich historical background with various monasteries and churches which you can explore during warm and musical nights.
3. Dubrovnik, Croatia
This colourful Mediterranean destination is located on the shores of Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia. The nightlife of the city is vibrant and thriving with activity, with tourists packed into several shops and restaurants. Dubrovnik is among the top 10, best preserved walled cities in the world. This Mediterranean city has gained recent celebrity status with sets of Kings Landing and Meereen being set up here for the popular TV series, Game of Thrones.
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4. French Riviera, France
How can a list of top Mediterranean vacation spots be complete without the mention of French Riviera? This exotic coastline at southeast corner of France is an exceptional destination, wherein some of the earliest winter resorts were built by the British. Commonly known as Côte d’Azur, French Riviera is a major yachting and cruising area. This is undoubtedly the best beach destination with 300 days of sunshine every year and more than 115 kilometers of magnificent beaches.
5. Sardinia, Italy
Spectacular landscapes, bluest of blue waters and millions of sheep make this quaint Mediterranean island of Sardinia a top vacation spot. Sardinia has pristine, white beaches and a distinctive cuisine which can make your Mediterranean vacation here nothing short of a dream. With numerous scalloped bays studded with celebrities, breath-taking hiking trails and historic remains of towers and settlements; Sardinia is a must-visit destination for Mediterranean lovers.
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6. Corsica, France
From busy beaches like Pietracorbara and remote beaches like Saleccia and Rondinara, Corsica has something for everyone. The island has a mountainous terrain with dense forests, rocky peaks and lustrous beach towns. There are several hilltop villages on the mountainous peaks which are worth exploring and the glitzy coastal towns attract maximum tourist attention. Hiking and canyoning are popular pastimes in Crosica.
7. Santorini, Greece
This beautiful Cyclade Island is located in the Aegean Sea; adorned with whitewashed, cubist houses and beaches decorated with white, black and red lava pebbles. The colourful cliffs of the island surround a submerged caldera (crater), which gives a unique geographical appeal to the island. With excellent wineries and breweries, mouth-watering fine dining experiences offered by the island, this Mediterranean vacation spot is undoubtedly among the top places to visit anytime during the year.
8. Algarve, Portugal
Famous for its picturesque beaches and numerous golf resorts, this sunny city is undoubtedly one of the top Mediterranean vacation spots in the world. This premier tourism destination of Portugal has a rich cultural heritage with castle towns, historic villages, stunning hillsides and dynamic birdlife.
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