Beautiful beaches, historic port towns and a unique combination of cultures and cuisines are just a few of the reasons that the Mediterranean continues to be one of the most popular holiday and cruise destinations on the planet. From living “La Dolce Vita” in Italy’s floating city of Venice to exploring the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik in Croatia and catching a sunset from the cliffsides of Greece’s most famous island, Santorini, here are the top five places to visit in the Mediterranean.
The capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona is one of the most popular places to visit in the Mediterranean. Packed with delicious food, wine, art and architecture, the city is home to the world-famous Sagrada Familia and several other of Antoni Gaudi’s most important works. Around the main shopping street, the hectic La Rambla, visitors can find souvenirs, designer good and more tapas and wine bars that you could possibly hope to visit in a lifetime.
Few places in the world can match Venice for romance and mystery. Made up of 100 islands, Italy’s floating city is best seen by gondola, gliding along the canals and waterways, and under the grand bridges. On land, visitors can’t miss St. Mark’s Square, where the pink facade of the Doge’s Palace and world-famous Bridge of Sighs can be found. In February, Venice becomes a sea of costumes and masked faces during the colourful Carnival, with some 3 million attending the celebrations.
One of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s charming Adriatic Sea city. Known for its distinctive red-roofed Old Town and 16th century stone walls, Dubrovnik is packed with historic sites, Baroque architecture and cobbled streets made for exploring. Dive down one of the city’s many alleyways to find hidden bars and restaurants, featuring delicious fresh seafood and sea views. Those looking to soak up the warm Mediterranean sun will also find plenty of small beaches within easy reach of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
From picturesque beaches to the ancient ruins of Akrotiri and the charming hilltop village of Oia, Santorini offers the ultimate Greek island experience. One of the most photographed islands in the world, Santorini has become known as a bucket-list destination, thanks to its iconic sunset. Despite the increasing visitor numbers, the island holds onto much of its old-worldcharm, with traditional tavernas serving up delicious local flavours and the freshest of seafood.
One of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations, Rome continues to draw millions of tourists from all over the globe each year. With world-famous sights and attractions, including Vatican City – the home of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s majestic Sistine Chapel – as well as Roman landmarks like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, visitors can spend days exploring the Eternal City. Alongside historic sites, Rome is most famous for its delicious food and drink, serving up some of the finest cuisines in the country.