There's something very special about the Mediterranean. The promise of long stretches of warm sunshine is alluring, and whether you’re looking for expansive picture perfect beaches on which to relax, rich and diverse cultures to immerse yourself in, or plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained, the Mediterranean is home to a destination that is ideal for you.
The most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean are Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Turkey and Malta while newcomers like Croatia and Slovenia are growing in popularity. North African destinations like Morocco and Tunisia are less visited by British holidaymakers due to security concerns.
In the article below we highlight 10 of the best destinations in the Mediterranean. From ancient towns and cities to tiny islands, we've got all the inspiration you need for your next holiday.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
If discovering rich histories and cultures is your idea of holiday heaven, you won’t be disappointed with Palma. Learn more about ancient historical sites, admire artwork in local galleries, feel inspired and moved by stunning medieval architecture and the beautiful Cathedral, and enjoy perusing the menus of local restaurants for traditional cuisine and refreshing wines. This vibrant, bohemian destination has many secrets to reveal.
With everything from spectacular architecture and old town charm, to stunning sunset seaside strolls along the promenade and bustling markets, Nice, nestled on the Côte d’Azur, has everything it’s possible to have and so much more. Nice is a one-stop destination for glamour, playful imagination, luxurious boutiques, sprawling pebbly beaches and some the brightest blue waters you will ever see.
With over 2,000km of coastline, you won’t struggle to find your ideal spot on a Sardinian beach, but that’s not all there is to do on this beautiful island. From coastal trails and hikes to traditional cuisine and vibrant culture, it’s true when they say there’s something for everyone in Sardinia. See beautiful wildlife, dive magnificent shipwrecks and underwater Roman ruins, and marvel at the sweeping views at the top of a winding coastal trail. You won’t ever feel bored in Sardinia, that’s a promise.
Formentera may be the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, but there’s a lot more on offer than just sweeping sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Inside this small slice of paradise you can sail on smooth, serene waters, listen to relaxing live music whilst sipping your favourite drink and making new friends, meet one of the island’s many lizards, and fully recharge your batteries, because we all need that every once in a while.
Facing the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has a little bit of everything cradled within a charming atmosphere that comes from a combination of rich history and welcoming locals. Take a cable car up the mountain for spectacular views, swim in one of the world’s most beautiful seas, step back in time and explore the museums and galleries, and indulge in some of the most delicious food you will ever taste. Oh, and your first step into the Old Town will, quite simply, take your breath away.
One of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets, Cavallo, a tiny island close to Corsica, is the place to go if you’re looking for a touch of exclusive luxury and a lot of relaxation. Surrounded by picturesque views, you can unwind on one of the island's pristine beaches, lounge by the pool, put your tennis and golf skills to the test, or indulge in luxurious Spa treatments. You won’t ever have felt so relaxed after a few days immersed in this island paradise.
Its rugged landscape, famously beautiful sunsets and effortlessly romantic atmosphere make Santorini one of the dreamiest Mediterranean destinations. Spend your days on the volcanic beaches, wander into one of the many restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and delicious ice cream, soak up some culture by exploring local art galleries and set sail on an evening cruise for the best views of the sunset before treating yourself to something special from a beautiful boutique.
Described as the black pearl of the Mediterranean, Pantelleria is a rugged volcanic island that delivers pure tranquillity and peak serenity. You’ll find something special in the island’s heart shaped lake that is full of hot spring and rainwater. The surrounding mud is full of pure minerals, so why not pamper yourself? It'll leave your skin feeling like you’ve just spent a day in a luxury spa. With a natural sauna and menus featuring fresh fish and seafood, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
This small, but beautifully formed island, located between Gozo and Malta, is the perfect Mediterranean destination for divers, ramblers, windsurfers and snorkelers. This island paradise is free from cars, which adds to the serene atmosphere that makes this destination extra special. Relax by the Blue Lagoon before heading out for an afternoon of snorkelling and windsurfing, or for a gentle walk where you'll be captivated by the scent of wild herbs and salty sea air.
Vis is one of the most authentic and mysterious destinations in the Mediterranean. It served as a military base for almost 40 years until the late 1980s, which means that it has been conserved and protected from many modern developments that have occurred throughout much of Europe. With its own uniquely captivating, relaxed and bohemian atmosphere, Vis is perfect if you’re looking for a slice of untouched natural beauty.