The Mediterranean coast boasts an abundance of breathtaking landscapes that attract tourists seeking azure waters, rocky hillsides, and ancient architecture. However, amidst this idyllic part of the world, certain destinations truly shine. From Morocco to Monaco, here are the must-visit Mediterranean spots that should be on everyone’s travel list at least once in their lifetime.
Featuring white-washed houses that contrast beautifully with vibrant volcanic cliffs, Santorini is an enchanting Greek island that is picture-perfect in every way. Our Greek Island Odyssey spans eight days, starting from Athens and making stops at Milos and Naxos along the way. However, the journey would be incomplete without experiencing the awe-inspiring sunset panoramas that only Santorini can offer.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, Cinque Terre is a captivating ensemble of five fishing villages, each adorned in pastel hues, and delicately positioned on the edge of a cliff. These villages are interconnected by a charming train track dating back to the 19th century. As part of our Classic Northern Italy trip, you will have the opportunity to embark on a breathtaking coastal hike along the stunning Cinque Terre coastline. In addition to this memorable experience, the trip will also take you to renowned destinations such as Rome, Florence, Lake Como, Siena, Milan, and many more.
Collioure, a charming port town gracefully nestled on the fringes of the Pyrenees mountains, has served as a muse for numerous renowned artists, including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Its idyllic setting has inspired and captivated the creative minds of these esteemed individuals.
Perched on the southernmost point of Corsica, the enchanting town of Bonifacio seems to delicately hang over the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Brimming with medieval fortresses and Roman remnants, this city is a captivating blend of rich history and breathtaking natural splendor.
Barcelona, a dynamic and captivating gem of the Mediterranean, exudes vibrancy, history, and exhilaration. From the Gothic Old Town to the architectural wonders of the Modernist era, and the captivating food markets, the city offers a multitude of reasons why it deserves a place on your must-visit list. Embark on our Surrealist Spain Mini Trip and immerse yourself in the wonders of the Catalan capital as we delve into the world of Gaudí, explore the Gothic Quarter, and stroll along the iconic Passeig de Gracia.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Renowned for its abundant rainfall, the Bay of Kotor stands as one of Europe’s most water-rich regions, with pockets of small glaciers accentuating its unique climate. Embracing several significant Medieval towns, this bay has earned the prestigious distinction of being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979.
As the vibrant host of the annual Las Fallas firework and pyrotechnic festival, Valencia proudly claims its position as Spain’s third-largest city. Serving as a bustling Mediterranean capital, it boasts a prominent Arts and Science Museum that adds to its cultural allure.
Renowned worldwide as the birthplace of democracy and the cornerstone of Western civilization, Athens holds a prominent place in history. However, this Greek capital offers much more than its historical significance. After marveling at the Acropolis and the Parthenon, take a leisurely stroll through the verdant National Garden or indulge your passion for automobiles at the Motor Museum. Experience an authentic Greek dinner with captivating views of the Acropolis and embark on a street art tour to uncover Athens’ urban artistic expressions during our Speedy Greece Mini Trip, which encompasses the city and the tranquil island of Serifos.
Antalya, the entrance to the Turkish riviera, is a charming coastal town that offers a blend of history and modernity. With its historic town center, Kaleiçi, and vibrant bars and restaurants, Antalya caters to diverse interests. Unwind on the stunning beaches of the Turkish riviera as a rewarding finale to our 12-day Epic Trip in Turkey, where you’ll have experienced a multitude of adventures. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself after all those exciting experiences.
Valletta, the capital of Malta, is a splendid example of Baroque architecture that flourished during the 16th century under the patronage of the Knights Hospitaller or Order of St John. Recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site, Valletta is adorned with a remarkable collection of well-preserved Modern, Neoclassical, and Mannerist landmarks, showcasing the rich architectural history of the city.
Cannes offers more than just the renowned film festival; it is also the epitome of the French Riviera. Along the Boulevard de la Croisette, adorned with palm trees and boasting stunning views of the Mediterranean, one can truly experience the essence of this glamorous city. This iconic boulevard is a hub of elegance, showcasing lavish palaces, upscale boutiques, and luxurious hotels, where the elite gather to see and be seen.
No matter the season, Dubrovnik is an essential destination that should not be missed. During the summer, its beaches allure sun-seekers and revelers, while the cooler months offer an ideal opportunity to delve into the city’s historic center and wander along its enchanting limestone streets. Concluding our Coastal Croatia trip, we dedicate the final two days to unwind and soak up the atmosphere of this captivating city.
Marseille stands as the rebellious character of the French Riviera. Yet, beneath its rugged exterior lies a city brimming with culture and rich history waiting to be discovered.
Venice, known as one of the most enchanting cities worldwide, stretches across a hundred lagoons within the Venetian lagoon. Experiencing a gondola ride along the intricate network of canals that wind through its Renaissance palaces is a must-do for any travel enthusiast. Explore the winding streets of Venice and indulge in its culinary delights, while also venturing into the nearby Prosecco Hills for a sparkling adventure on our Sparkling Veneto Mini Trip.
Tetouan, a hidden gem along the North African coast, is a lesser-known Moroccan city nestled at the base of the Rif mountains. Brimming with a wealth of Hispano-Arabic art from the era of the Spanish Reconquista, the ancient Medina of Tetouan has earned the prestigious recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the rich cultural heritage of this enchanting city and immerse yourself in its captivating history during your visit.
Once a modest and impoverished island in the early 20th century, Mykonos has undergone a remarkable transformation into a glamorous and vibrant destination. This white-washed paradise now attracts jet-setters and party-goers seeking a slice of its allure. During our premium Greek Sailing Trip, we’ll make a stop in Mykonos, allowing you to experience the island’s unique ambiance and enjoy some leisure time amidst its captivating surroundings.
Nestled at the southernmost tip of Spain, yet maintaining its status as a British territory, Gibraltar stands as a charming blend of Mediterranean culture and British influence. Within its borders, you’ll discover a delightful fusion of cutesy tea rooms, traditional fish and chip shops, and the playful presence of hundreds of Barbary apes, adding a unique touch to this intriguing destination.
Situated along the northern shoreline of Crete, Chania boasts a picturesque 14th-century Venetian harbor adorned with a captivating 16th-century lighthouse. The winding streets of this enchanting city are adorned with delightful artisan shops, exuding a charming ambiance. Meanwhile, the old tavernas scattered throughout offer a delectable array of fresh fish and other delightful local delicacies, tempting visitors with their culinary delights.
Revered as the alleged birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Paphos is a captivating blend of ancient heritage and vibrant tourist appeal. This city not only boasts well-preserved remnants of antiquity but also offers a lively atmosphere with an abundance of nightlife and a wide array of family-friendly activities to indulge in.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is a captivating slice of Mediterranean enchantment, characterized by its dramatic coastline adorned with vibrant villages clinging to steep cliffs, all framed by sparkling waters and abundant greenery. Immortalized in numerous films and television series, this coastal gem has earned the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Embark on a mesmerizing journey along this majestic shoreline aboard a private boat during our captivating Seductive Southern Italy trip.
Bosa is a charming coastal village that exudes the vibrant colors of an artist’s masterpiece. Its picturesque waterfront is adorned with a delightful array of multicolored houses, creating a striking contrast against the mesmerizing turquoise waters.
Monaco, the playground of the affluent and renowned, is a realm where high-speed cars, opulent superyachts, and extravagant mansions reign supreme. It is a destination that encapsulates a vibrant party atmosphere, a hub for socializing and indulging in enjoyment.
Palermo, the captivating capital of Sicily, exudes a rich tapestry of history and architectural magnificence, boasting numerous monuments that trace back to the 9th century. This vibrant city is a cultural melting pot, where Byzantine, Baroque, and Gothic influences intertwine harmoniously. As the capital, Palermo takes center stage in our Spectacular Sicily itinerary, offering immersive experiences in culinary delights and historical wonders. From there, you’ll embark on a journey to explore the island’s breathtaking natural phenomena.
Naples, a city brimming with archaeological marvels, holds a wealth of artistic heritage and an abundance of exquisite monuments, palaces, and restaurants. Delve into the culinary wonders of this gastronomic powerhouse on our Coastal Italy Mini Trip, where you’ll embark on a delightful food tour through the streets of Naples.
Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
While Ibiza is renowned for its legendary all-night parties, Formentera serves as its more serene and tranquil counterpart. Just a short 30-minute boat ride away from Ibiza, Formentera is embraced by breathtaking turquoise waters and adorned with stunning white-sand beaches and peaceful villas.