Turquoise waters, blue skies and great food; there’s nowhere quite like holidaying in the Med. With a total of 21 countries boarding it’s waters, the Mediterranean is an endless playground for culture vultures. The diversity of the countries bordering its coast combined with almost guaranteed hot weather throughout the summer months ensures that holiday makers to the Mediterranean are guaranteed a good time. With so many places to visit, I’ve pulled together a selection of my favourite Mediterranean holiday destinations to show you the best the Med has to offer.
Island Hoping in Greece
Steeped in history and culture, after a month hoping around the Greek islands you will struggle to leave. With over 2000 islands and 200 of which are inhabited, make sure you do your research before you plan your trip. For beaches Zakynthos is undoubtedly the island of choice. A paradise island of white sandy beaches surrounded by dramatic cliffs, Zakynthos trumps all of the other Greek islands when it comes to beauty.
If you are travelling with young children the islands of Corfu and Kos are great destinations for families. With idyllic, quiet beaches and picturesque traditional villages as well as an abundance of activities and water parks, both Corfu and Kos provide the perfect mix of excitement and calm, ideal for a family trip. Family favourite, Mark Warner have a great selection of all-inclusive hotels in Kos with friendly staff and superb facilities, perfect for your family summer holiday.
Often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’ the small island nation of Malta is often overshadowed by the larger of the Med’s countries. Nevertheless, over recent years tourism to the island has increased along with fashionable bars and ocean side restaurants. Absolutely packed with history, the nation’s capital city, Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its impressive 16th century architecture and beautifully intricate winding streets.
It’s not just the beauty of its’ towns and villages which attracts visitors to Malta, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island and abundance of wildlife makes Malta one of the best places to go diving in the world. Diving enthusiasts have been coming to the island for decades to explore the underwater cave systems, shipwrecks and impressive dive sites.
On top of all this, the country hosts two outstanding festivals over the summer months; AMP Lost and Found and Isle of MTV Malta choose the island to host their music events. For great deals on holidays to Malta, Chevron specialise in holidays to Malta and have a range of beautiful resorts dotted around the island and it’s neighbour Gozo.
The Amalfi Coast – Italy
Described by Lonely Planet as both “seductive and beautiful” the Amalfi Coast on Italy’s South West shores is an enchanting example of pristine Mediterranean coastline. It’s dramatic cliffs are lined with vibrant buildings which have clung onto the rock face for centuries. Super yachts carrying celebrity passengers weave in and out of the coast’s paradise coves sitting side by side with local fishermen looking for the catch of the day. There really is no place quite like it.
Stretching for 50km along the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi coast is dotted with shimmering bays and picturesque towns. One of my favourite things to do in the whole of the Mediterranean is to sit back with a cool glass of wine and make the most of the delicious Italian food while watching the sun go down over the dramatic coastline.
Wherever you are in the Mediterranean you are guaranteed good food, plenty of sunshine and friendly locals, that’s why it’s my favourite place to holiday and with bargain flights from the UK, discovering the magic of the Mediterranean for yourself has never been more accessible.