The best Mediterranean vacation spots can be found on three different continents—Europe, Asia, and Africa. While the majority of the islands in this large and important sea are European, several countries on the other two continents have coastlines on the Mediterranean. On the continent of Africa, Egypt and Morocco both have great tourist destinations on the water. These include the city of Alexandria, which has great beaches as well as ancient Roman and Egyptian ruins, and the coast of Morocco from Tangier to the east has wonderful beaches.
While the majority of the islands in the sea are European, some of the best places to go in the Mediterranean are spots along the Turquoise Coast of Turkey. This magnificent coast stretches for 1,000 miles between Antalya and Izmir, and is extremely popular for sailing holidays. Since the Middle East is part of the Asian continent, even Israel gets into the act with its beach resort of Haifa.
The country of Greece offers some of the best places to go in the Mediterranean both on the mainland coast, especially on the Peloponnese, and around the city of Athens. The region around the port and resort of Kalamata has numerous and great beaches, and this region gives you access to attractions like the ancient city of Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games more than 700 years before the Christian era, and the famous Oracle of Delphi.
But the best Greek Isles vacations draw the largest percentage of visitors. Each island boasts its own unique personality and atmosphere, but most all have a few things in common, including ancient Minoan ruins like Knossos on the island of Crete and Akrotiri on Santorini. Virtually all of them also offer magnificent beaches. Some beaches are packed with umbrellas, sun beds, and bars. Other beaches become the best Mediterranean vacation spots because they are so remote that you could spend an entire day and never see another tourist. You can travel to Ikaria Island to experience one of the least visited and unspoiled of the islands—and learn about the healthy lifestyle and diet that makes the residents of this island the longest-lived in the world.
One of the best Greek Isles vacations for a vibrant nightlife will be found on the island Mykonos. Here you will find night clubs, music bars, and party spots on the beaches, especially on popular Paradise Beach. The island is known for its liberal and tolerant lifestyle, and this is a prime destination for those in the lesbian and gay community from around the world. Another of the best Mediterranean vacation spots if you’re looking for a party atmosphere are the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Ibiza is particularly known for its huge hedonistic discos and nightclubs, offering hip international headliners from as far away as Brazil.
While it is the best Greek Isles vacations that most people seek, there are also great spots along the coasts of Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia. These include the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, the French Riviera with the glittering cities of Nice and Cannes, the coast of Tuscany, and the entire coast of Croatia all the way to Dubrovnik. Island like Malta (independent), Corsica (belonging to France), and Sardinia and Sicily (both Italian) also have beaches as well as a long and rich history.
If you have found that each of the best places to go in the Mediterranean are appealing, it’s possible to visit several of them in a single trip by embarking on a cruise. Numerous international cruise lines have itineraries that sail throughout the Mediterranean, making port stops at cities from Barcelona and Nice to Rome and Istanbul. At least a few port stops will on different Greek Islands. If you want a more modest form of transportation, the ferry service from the Athens port of Piraeus is extensive, serving many of the islands as well as ports in Italy and Turkey. You can also charter small boats (either crewed or bareboat) that accommodate only two to twelve people at ports like Bodrum and Marmaris in Turkey and Chania in Crete.