Posted on 12/10/2021

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The 15 best Mediterranean destinations for Summer 2019

Thankfully for us, the Mediterranean destinations available for you are numerous. To help you find the ideal place to stay, here are 15 Mediterranean hotspots that will bring you sunshine and fun. Fans of culture trips, lying on the beach, sport, and the wilderness will all find something on this list, as will those looking for festive evenings and culinary escapades.

Corsica, France

It is not for nothing that Corsica is called the Isle of Beauty. The French island entices visitors as soon as they arrive, and it is immediately clear why the Corsicans are so proud to call it home. The landscapes are magnificent: creeks, ochre mountains plunging into the turquoise sea, green valleys, picturesque mountain roads. Corsica is a haven for geologists and geographers. Corte, Bonifacio, Porto, Calvi, Porto Vecchio, Propriano, the list goes on. There are so many charming cities with surprising architecture. And for the sporty toursists, why not try out the famous GR20 hike? As if there aren't already enough reasons to visit, Corsica is also rich in marine life, and diving around the island is a very popular activity among locals and visitors alike. - © Eva Bocek/123rf

Montenegro

Although it is a small country, Montenegro is attracting more and more tourists every year. The biodiversity of the landscape is enough to make you fall in love with this little place. Montenegro is home to the only Fjords found in the Mediterranean, as well as gorges, lakes, mountains, steep coastline, sandy and cobbled beaches, cliffs, national parks, and rivers. Montenegro's treasure is of course the gulf of Kotor, a magnificent fjord that stretches 28 km inland. This entire area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its preserved nature, the country also offers beautiful historical monuments, Orthodox monasteries, medieval villages, and fantastic fortifications. Whether you're looking to kick back and relax or explore the history and geology of the lansdcape, you'll always find what you want in Montenegro. - © Volha Katsiuba/123RF

Rhodes, Greece

A little piece of paradise hides in the heart of the Mediterranean. Rhodes, a stone's throw from Turkey, has managed to preserve its charm and authenticity despite the tourism. Its year-round mild climate and its Mediterranean vegetation are enough to make you believe you've arrived in the Garden of Eden. Although the island only has pebble beaches, making ita little difficult to sunbathe, the island's real treasure lies in its picturesque villages, medieval cities and charming little churches, with magnificent views from every spot. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy many activities such as windsurfing, surfing and hiking. - © Dmitry Iatsenko/123RF

Istria, Croatia

Croatia is divided into two distinct tourist regions, Dalmatia and Istria. Dalmatia remains the most well known and visited part of the country for tourists with stunning the mountains plunging into turquoise waters. However, sandy beaches are rare. Istria is therefore the second most popular tourist region in the country, but it is still far less frequented by holidaymakers. Located in the north of the Croatian coast, Istria has so much to offer: beautifully preserved nature, rocky coves, a clear coastline, cute villages and small fishing sports. The region also has a rich historical and architectural heritage, from baroque palaces, to cities with pedestrianised streets, to charming, little houses. - © Jaroslav Frank/123RF

Sicily, Italy

The largest island in the Mediterranean is a treasure trove of spectacular sights. Sicily is wealthy in culture and history, so it is the perfect place for those budding historians. Syracuse, Palermo, Taormina or Catania and Ragusa; so many cities to visit with so many architectural styles from different eras. The archaeological sites of Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples are definitely worth a visit. And of course, its main attraction, the volcanic Mount Etna, which reaches a height 3350 metres. Visitors can enjoy several hikes which traverse the slopes of the volcano, offering stunning views along the way. In addition to the old architecture and Mount Etna, Sicily is also a seaside destination with a choice between small coves or beautiful sandy beaches. - © Anna Lurye/123RF

Cyprus

Sitting between two continents, Cyprus is an island with many faces. It boasts Orthodox monasteries, Byzantine churches and medieval forts, but also archaeological sites and festive seaside resorts. The island of love has everything you could wish for, whether that's relaxing on the beach, cultural and historical visits, shopping, or partying in the wild. In addition, Cyprus offers visitors year-round sunshine with pleasant temperatures. Let us not forget either the warm welcome of the friendly Cypriots, who will happily greet strangers in the street. - © Marina Datsenko/123RF

The Balearic Islands, Spain

A little over two hours from London by plane, the Balearics remain a sure bet for those who want to spend a holiday in the sun with their feet in the water. Admittedly, tourism is abundant here, but you can still discover untouched places. The 4 islands are 4 very different destinations. They are wild, festive and coastal but also cultural. For the nature lovers and ecotourism enthusiasts Formentera is the perfect choice. For the all-night-long partygoers, choose Ibiza. In any case, always try to get away from the beaches and coasts and discover more authentic Spanish villages inland. - © Pawel Kazmierczak/123RF

Crete, Greece

Crete is an ideal destination for a family holiday. With beaches, places for wild swimming, cultural and historical sites, archaeological marvels, hiking trails, and wilderness, the island has everything you could possibly want from a holiday. On the Island of the Gods, you can easily assimilate into the rhythm of Greek life, namely, napping after lunch to avoid the summer heat, then in the evening, walking on the waterfront with the fresh sea breeze. The best way to see the island is to rent a car, allowing you to head into the mountains to meet the locals in small hillside villages. Another hightlight is its cuisine, so make sure to try some traditional Cretan delicacies. Olive oil, fruit, vegetables, fish and seafood are among some typical Cretan produce. - © Zakhar Marunov/123RF

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is one of the largest and most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. Located just south of Corsica, this Italian island will entice you with its translucent waters and its white sandy beaches and coves. You'll find many medieval villages and historical monuments among green mountains, caves and Sardinian rocky peaks. As a family, a couple or with friends, Sardinia is great for everyone! - © Elisa Locci/123RF

Malta

The archipelago of Malta boasts beautiful beaches, charming countryside, mysterious caves, and ancient arhitecture. Just between the coasts of Sicily and Tunisia, Malta is a magnificent destination that promises sunshine and warmth, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. The island of Gozo and its turquoise waters is the second largest island in the archipelago. The beaches are splendid and are home to one of the most beautiful diving spots in Europe. The island is full of activities, making it great for the whole family: horse riding, cycling, snorkelling, scuba diving, cultural visits, and much more! - © Mirko Vitali/123RF

The Cyclades, Greece

With little white villages with blue roofs on the dark blue Aegean Sea, and cicdas singing in the gorgeous heat of the sun; the Cyclades are paradise on Earth! Stroll through the villages with their steep alleys topped by whitewashed monasteries, before relaxing under the shade of an olive tree. No less than 250 islands make up this archipelago, but only 24 are inhabited. The most well known are of course Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos, but don't hesiate to venture out to the smaller and less touristy ones, especially in the middle of the summer season to escape the crowds. - © Jennifer Barrow/123RF

Tunisia

If you're looking for clear skies and hot weather, Tunisia is perfect. Each summer Tunisia attracts many tourists to Hammamet, Sousse and Djerba, its seaside resorts, which are wold-renowned. With more than 1,300 kilometres of coastline, it offers visitors many beautiful and long sandy beaches looking out onto perfect, blue sea. Watersports and beach activities are extremely popular, but don't forget to see Tunisia's incredible ancient sites that are very much worth the visit, especially Carthage. - © Ievgenii Fesenko/123RF

Calanques National Park, France

The French Riviera is home to some of the most splendid spots in the Mediterranean. Close to Marseille, the Calanques National Park is one of the most beautiful places in France. Think white sand and turquoise waters surrounded by cliffs, mixed in with tall pine trees and quaint fishermen's houses, the landscape is exceptional. Take long, scenic hikes, before relaxing at magical, secluded coves, where snorkelling is a must. The seabed and its reefs have many surprises in store, especially in the Sormiou cove, considered the most beautiful by tourists. - © Janos Gaspar/123RF

Cinque Terre, Italy

The small, colourful houses built one on top of the other along the cliffs of the Cinque Terre national park are a sight to behold. It is no wonder the area was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage site list in 1997. The cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea are composed of several centuries-old villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Between Levanto and La Spezi, the villages run along the eastern Ligurian coast for around 15 km. The best way to discover Cinque Terre is to walk through the many walking and hiking trails. You can also enjoy the coastline; Monterosso beach is perfect for relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery. - © Jennifer Barrow/123RF

The Turkish Riviera

Located in the south of Turkey, the Mediterranean coast extends over 1,000 kilometres. It is often named the turquoise coast because of the beautiful blue water that meets the long sandy beaches along the length of the Riviera. Between the magnificent landscape and historical heritage, Turkey's Mediterranean coast is a prime destination. Traces of ancient civilization, including the Greeks, are still visible today. The area is full of incredible ancient sites including Xanthos, the Letoon and Arykanda, and the tombs carved into the cliffs of Tlos and Myra, which are well worth a visit! - © Tetyana Kochneva/123RF