The Mediterranean Sea is among the most desirable vacation destinations in the world, and that’s for a good reason. Its temperate climate is one of the nicest in the world, not oppressively hot – but not cold like northern Europe. And its beaches are the world famous. There are many, many islands in the Mediterranean, but some are more popular as vacation destinations than the others. In this article, we’ll look at some of the highly-praised Mediterranean islands, popular as vacation destinations, and see what makes them so popular and unique.
Majorca is located to the east of the Spanish coastline and it’s the largest island in the archipelago known as the Balearic. This island is a very popular destination for tourists of all around the world. Palma de Mallorca Airport being one of the busiest ports in Spain is a good indication of that. Majorca is famous for its beautiful beaches and active nightlife, and there are many sleepy little (and very old, for those interested in history) Spanish villages that dot the island. If you enjoy Spanish cuisine, there’s plenty of delicious tapas served on the island. Majorca has beautiful views, so just walking around the coastline with tall cliffs on one side, and the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean on the other, can be an unforgettable experience.
Sardinia is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with a long and rich history. For instance, over 2,000 ancient stone huts still stand along the coastline, and many villages still practice their old traditions for centuries. The island’s large amount of coastline means plenty of pristine beaches, such as the world famous La Pelosa Beach. It’s also worth mentioning famous Sardinian cuisine which is often listed among the most refined tastes of Italy. All of these factors truly make Sardinia an excellent destination.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean. Its architecture is a sight to behold, as its famous whitewashed houses and blue roofs will make deep impression on anyone with an eye for aesthetics. Some of the most prominent tourist activities on Santorini include visiting its beaches, sailing, rock-climbing, or even renting an ATV to explore some of the tiny islands around Santorini. Locals of the island are friendly and open to provide you with insights on local history and traditions. And at the end, let’s not forget stunning summer sunsets, one of the trademarks of natural beauties of Santorini island.
Vis is a small island located off of the coast of Croatia. Island is quiet and not very highly populated. In 2001, it was inhabited by slightly over 3,600 people. All up until 1989, the island was actually closed off to the public as it was used as a military base. This is one of the factors why Vis has resisted commercialization and is an island that seems quaint and lost in time. If you’re looking for an authentic Mediterranean island experience, and also want to get away from the crowds for a bit, Vis is the perfect place to look for peace. It has some of the best beaches in all of Croatia, along with excellent local food and wine. Like many other islands in Croatia, Vis is also accessible by water taxi or some of the yacht charter services along the coast.
Ibiza is, like Majorca, an island in the Balearic archipelago off the coast of Spain. It’s widely known for its beaches, as well as a hopping nightlife, famous especially for electronic music parties. If you’re an avid club goer looking for a vacation place, Ibiza is a place too be. Although its never-ending party life is what this island is most known for, it needs to be said that there is also a peaceful side to Ibiza. So if parties are not your thing, be assured that there is still plenty for you to experience and see on the island.
Of course, these are just a few islands Mediterranean Sea has to offer. But it should be already clear that experiences on each one are just as lovely and unique. These parts of Europe offer a perfect fusion of traditional and modern lifestyle, all spiced up with never-ending natural beauties and historical wonders. So it’s not strange that many people around the world prefer to spend their vacation days in the welcoming Mediterranean Europe.