5 places I want to visit in the Mediterranean*
I love exploring the Mediterranean – the warm climate, the gorgeous sandy beaches and, of course, the delicious food. There are so many plus points of the area – it’s not too far from the UK so it doesn’t take hours and hours to get there, it can be cheaper than going long haul, depending on your holiday style, and the outdoor relaxed lifestyle is perfect for me.
You can visit the Mediterranean on an Azamara cruises ship, which I think is a great way of visiting quite a few different countries in a relatively short period of time and you don’t have to worry about your travel to each destination – as it’s all sorted, as is your accommodation. I’ve never actually been on a cruise so I’ve spent this evening fantasising about the places I’d like to visit on one and I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top five…
Yes, like everyone else, I have been lusting over the Instagram photos of this cliff-side town for what feels like forever. Populated with pastel coloured fishing villages and small beaches, it seems like the ideal place to wander and explore in the Mediterranean sunshine. The town is also famous for its handmade paper and there is a museum there dedicated to it. I fell in love with Italy when we visited Rome last year and we have already got a trip to Venice booked in for next year.
Corsica has been on my (never ending) bucket list for quite a while. It’s got a really stylish reputation with beautiful coastal towns, dense forests and craggy peaks with some excellent hiking trails for the perfect mix of a relaxing and active holiday. I’d love to explore the Réserve Naturelle de Scandola by boat – which is the only way to explore the reserve which includes cliffs which extend both above and below the sea.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and has a rugged, mountainous landscape. The highest peak is the famous Mount Etna, which is still an active volcano and stands at 10,900 feet. The island is full of farmland growing Italian favourites so Sicily is the perfect place for enjoying a snack of olives with a lovely glass of wine.
I’ve never visited Malta and I’ve heard that it’s very polarising – you either love it or hate it. It’s a history buff’s dream with 7,000 years of history waiting to be discovered in its Baroque buildings and 16th century city walls. Influences of Romans, Moors, French and the British can be seen here with countless fortresses, megalithic temples, halls and burial chambers to explore.
Now, I have actually visited Barcelona before, but I was quite young so I’d love go back now that I can appreciate it more. I’d love to indulge in tapas and paella before wandering down La Rambla and seeing the street performers and then stopping for a jug of sangria by Barceloneta Beach. I’ve recently been reading Origin by Dan Brown which is set in Spain and is obsessed with the landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi which has made me really want to visit the Sagrada Familia again. The Barcelona Magic Fountains at night time are not to be missed.
What are your favourite places to visit in the Mediterranean? Let me know in the comments below.
[post in collaboration with ROL Cruise]