The 8 Most Beautiful Places in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean Sea, or “Sea in the Middle of the Earth” as it was called in ancient times, washes over 20 countries. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations. On proven routes harmonious rows of tourists move in crowds. Try to get away from the traditional destinations and explore new places which are not yet at the top of the guidebooks. They are beautiful and amazing, and therefore can provide an unforgettable experience for a lifetime.
Tarifa is the southernmost city in Spain in Andalusia province. Here the Mediterranean Sea meets the restless Atlantic Ocean. Water sports fans from all over the world come here. Constant winds make it possible to do kitesurfing and windsurfing almost all year round.
The clear sea is ideal for scuba diving. The rich underwater world can surprise even a seasoned diver.
If you get tired of the waves, go sightseeing. Nearby are the ruins of the ancient city of Baleo Claudia. If you arm your binoculars, you can see the Rif Mountain range on the African continent, located just 13 km from Tarifé.
Cadiz is the capital of the province of the same name and one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, considered by many to be the jewel of the region. Founded by Phoenician sailors more than 3,000 years ago, it shows its rich history in every building in the winding streets.
Explore the fort that surrounds the old city, climb the North Tower for breathtaking views of the surroundings, visit the Cathedral, the San Felipe Neri Church, which has become a benchmark of Baroque architecture, and stroll through the Alameda de Apodaca Chamber Park.
Come to Cadiz in February for the carnival. Incredible costumes, dancing, performances and processions gather hundreds of onlookers.
You can relax on the numerous beaches. The most well-appointed and attractive is considered Playa Victoria.
Lipari Islands, Italy
This group of volcanic islands lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily. Recently they have become increasingly popular. Tourists have finally managed to appreciate their laconic beauty, black beaches and clear waters.
The main attraction of the archipelago is the island with the speaking name Vulcano. It attracts tourists not only by the sleeping giant, which once spewed puffs of ash, but also by thermal springs. They are all located in the landscaped park. Swimming pools with mineral water, natural jacuzzis with gas bubbles, bridges, grottos, waterfalls and pretty paths are very popular.
If you want to tickle your nerves, go to the island of Stromboli. An active volcano there regularly puts on a natural show with lava and tuff clouds rising to the top.
This port city, located south of Tangier, is not yet of great interest to curious tourists. It is worth taking the opportunity to see this African gem, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tetouan is a fusion of Berber, Spanish, Jewish and Arab cultures. At different times it has been influenced by different ethnic groups with their own worldviews. Once it was even ruled by pirates, but not for long. Enthusiasts and adventurers still hope to find treasure in the local bay.
For the main treasure is the architecture of the Old Town. You can get there through a gate that was erected back in the 15th century. There you will find intricate Andalusian-style houses with cozy patios to escape the midday heat, rich colonial mansions with columns and arcades, buildings richly decorated with mosaic patterns and stucco.
The fortified city of Dubrovnik sits on the Adriatic Sea in the very south of Croatia. Being a popular resort, it is not overcrowded with tourists. Besides bathing in the clearest waters and resting on the beach, you can walk the city walls, which have witnessed many historical events, hire a boat and walk along the sea, breathing in the salty air and admiring the unreal beauty of the coast. Explore the nearby islands of Mljet, Lokrum, Lopud or Korcula.
The best time to visit Durbovnik is in summer, when there is a theater festival. You can see opera, ballet, drama, comedy and performances that are difficult to categorize in any particular category. There are plays in the squares and streets.
Corsica has managed to avoid overdevelopment. Many tourists believe that this has only benefited the island, because it managed to keep the unique spirit of this special place. Experienced holidaymakers come here in mid-August, when the high season is on its wane, and with it the heat, which prevents hiking along the picturesque paths among the rocks and forests. The most popular trails go through the Scandola Reserve. It is worth seeing the red rocks of Calanche, towering against the sapphire-colored sea.
On the numerous beaches you can always find a cozy corner to relax. Marinella, Cupabia, Santa Julia are considered the most beautiful.
On the island you can also do diving, parachuting, cycling and visit the many excursions that will tell about Napoleon, the history and culture of these places.
Haifa, the third largest city in Israel, is often overlooked when thinking about a trip to the Mediterranean Sea. Its picturesque nature, proximity to Mount Kermel, and the abundance of interesting sights make it one of the most attractive resorts.
You should definitely visit the Bahai Gardens and see the golden dome on the tomb of Baba. It has a mesmerizing view of the Haifa Bay.
Visit the National Museum of Science for the latest in engineering. Perhaps all these novelties will soon appear in our lives.
Visit Mount Carmel National Park which features an amazing variety of flora and fauna.
Dado Beach is a great beach to swim and bask in the sun.
It is the second largest Greek island, washed by the waters of the Aegean Sea. It is separated from the mainland by the strait of Evrypa which narrows to 13 km near the town of Halkida. At high and low tide, a strange phenomenon is observed: for a while the water stagnates and the so-called “standing waves” appear, then the current starts moving again, but in a different direction. Such a metamorphosis can be seen every six hours.
It is said that Aristotle died in this strait, trying to solve the riddle of nature.
Most of the territory of the island is covered with coniferous forests, so the air here is not only fresh but also healthy. High cliffs protect small bays from winds and raging sea waters, making Ephesia an ideal place to swim in all weathers.
The island offers a great variety of options for recreation: gorgeous and well-maintained beaches, ancient ruins of ancient settlements, hot healing springs, excellent opportunities for diving.