The Mediterranean is an extraordinary place. It has been for centuries, and Europe’s history has played out across its waters and diverse cultures. And in many ways, this is still happening today. But the Med is a vast pace and full of fascinating islands that make some of the best holiday destinations in the world. Whether you are seeking beach, party, culture or cuisine the Med’s best islands can give it you. From sun-drenched coastal paradises to some of the best ruins and historical sites. You will find it all here, and occasionally all on one island. Where do you start? Here are just a few classic island destinations to get you thinking about your summer adventures.
Just off the coast of Spain and making up one of the Balearic Islands Ibiza is, of course, the party and club mecca of the world. If that is music to your ears, then you’ll know all about the allure of Pacha, Privilege, Eden and Es Paradis. But if clubbing isn’t your scene, then don’t write Ibiza off. It is still a sun-drenched paradise. Head into the interior and maybe take a horseback ride up through the pine clad hills. Getting around the island is easy if you have a car. Away from the towns and resorts, you’ll find many rural villages and secluded beaches and coves. Ibiza town is still the place to chill with the sun going down. There is a great party beach close by at Playa d’en Bossa or Portinax is an ideal beach for families.
Corfu has just about all the charm, sophistication and allure you’d expect from a classic Greek Island. It is essentially a wild and rocky interior that is surprisingly green. The coastline is studded with great resorts and beaches. Agios Georgios is shallow and sandy, while if watersports and a party atmosphere are your thing then head to Cavos. The island is full of pretty villages, and Corfu Town itself is a world heritage site. The tiled roofed Venetian quarter is stunning. The town itself is a great place to while away some time, and during the summer season, it is host to nightly music ranging from big band to a Blues festival. Driving is the way to get around, and Corfu airport car hire can get you sorted on your arrival. Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels to budget rooms.
Sicily is, of course, Italian but centuries of trade and invasion have created a fascinating cultural and architectural hot pot. The best of Sicily lies among Roman and Greek ruins, alongside pretty towns and rocky coves and beaches. Palermo is the place to enjoy colorful street life and the incredible food that Sicily can boast. Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano rises above the island providing you with a jaw-dropping scenario. You can take a cable car to the top and ski the mountain if you are feeling adventurous.
The Mediterranean is filled with gorgeous islands and fascinating culture just waiting for you to explore it. So whether it is a beach holiday adventure or a party you have in mind or just a sunny, relaxing holiday you won’t have far to travel to find it.