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The Mediterranean Sea is surrounded by beautiful countries like Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia and many others, scattered over the two continents of Europe and Africa. These countries hold sites that provide modern day travelers with a glimpse of their glorious past, entwined with rich history and ancient heritage. Take a luxury Mediterranean cruise, climb mountains in Corsica or lay sail through the Greek islands; they are all going to be fun and adventures of a lifetime. While there are literally scores of places to see and things to do in the Mediterranean, these are some of the places which you just can’t afford to miss out on.
Once home to a lighthouse that was considered to be a part of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Alexandria is still a must see place in Egypt. Visit the Sunken City of Cleopatra by diving underwater and marvel at the ancient statues, columns, buildings and other ruins of an era gone by. There are also underwater shipwrecks from World War II or even before that.
The French island of Corsica is often hailed as “The Mountain in the Sea” and this is the go-to place for everyone who wants to climb mountains in the Mediterranean. It is amazing that there are 50+ peaks with heights above 2,000 meters on that one island. You can do ice climbing on Corsica while never being too far away from the temperate climate of the Mediterranean Sea. There’s also the option of trekking through the famous GR20 Trail and its diverse and rugged terrain.
The beaches are one of the best parts of a trip to the Mediterranean and very few in this area are as famous as the Navagio Beach on the coast of Zakynthos, Greece. It’s a beautiful place that offers amazing scenic value. Surrounded by sea cliffs, the clear blue water reflects the sunlight like crystals during the day. For those of you who are into BASE Jumping, the cliffs surrounding the beach are one of the world’s most popular places for that.
If you are particularly looking to relax in the Mediterranean, look no further than Menorca, Spain. The small Balearic Island has about 120 striking beaches on it, which attracts tourists from around the whole world. It’s a little piece of natural paradise with crystal clear water, blooming flowers and beautiful birds. Apart from the year round attractions of canoeing and kayaking, Festes de Sant Joan is celebrated on the island from June 20 – 24 (may vary slightly, depending on the year), marking the onset of the summer solstice.
Croatia is rich in cultural heritage and the city of Dubrovnik is probably the best place to experience a bit of it. As a World Heritage Site, the city houses many sites of ancient heritage and culture, like the Old City Walls, Fort Lovrijenac, Rector’s Palace, Church of Saint Blaise, the Synagogue, Dominican Monastery and a lot more. There are also gorgeous beaches, resorts and cruises available for those who wish to relax after visiting the sites.
A trip to the Mediterranean perhaps offers one of the most diverse experiences that one can have in a single vacation. In fact, you will possibly not be able to cover everything even after a few visits. From the underground Melissani cave in Kefalonia to the icy peaks of Corsica, the Mediterranean has it all and you can choose your own adventures.