Even if the weather doesn't allow it at the moment, you may already be thinking about where to spend your long awaited summer vacation. You're probably already choosing destinations, thinking about your budget or even buying a plane ticket already. There's nothing more precious than enjoying charming destinations and resting, isn't there?
To lighten your wait until summer, today we talked about five Mediterranean destinations that will make you fall in love. Above all, if you visit them by boat, don't worry if you don't have a boat of your own, you can always rent it from a private boat rental company. Ready to travel a little? Come along with us!
The Italian island perfectly combines the most abrupt nature with the cracks of the old civilizations that settled there thanks to its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean. Its extensive Hellenic, Roman, Norman, Renaissance or Baroque heritage is present in many of the cities or small towns bordering its coast, ideal for boat tours.
The first stop should be its capital, Palermo, where you can find some of the best examples of the island's glorious past: the Cathedral, Normandy Palace, the mosque of Sant Giovanni degli Eremiti or the Capuchin catacombs, known for their mummies. Towards the south it is convenient to stop to contemplate the treasures of Taormina: the Greek-Roman theatre and the still active volcano Etna.
Catania is the second largest city in Sicily and was named a World Heritage Site in the year 2000. Victim of eruptions and earthquakes, among its jewels are still preserved some vestiges of the Greek or Roman era.
Choosing between more than two thousand islands is complicated, but touring the islands of Greece on a sailboat or charter boat will let you discover a large number of them. This Greek treasure is, since ancient times, one of the most sought-after destinations for sailors seeking new territories to settle in. This is how we find some jewels such as Cnosos, the city that King Minos ordered to build and where the remains of his old palace still lie. It is located on the great island of Crete, although it is not its only relic.
Festos, one of the most important sites of the Minoan civilization, is also a few kilometres away. The history of Rhodes, however, is open to imagination. Its great colossus, corresponding to the god Helios and considered one of the 7 wonders of the old world, was destroyed by an earthquake. What is still standing are some of the remains of Bonitos' acropolis.
In addition to archaeology and history, the Greek islands also offer a rest on crystalline beaches and small villages overlooking the sea. The white, its sign of identity, dyes certain houses of the islands better known as Santorini or Miconos, the scene of many of the country's postcards and romantic films. Others, however, are marked by mythology and invasions. This is the case of Corfu, where Poseidon took his lover. Today, the territory is full of ancient fortresses inherited from the conquests of the past.
The walled city on the Dalmatian coast is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its door of Pila introduces us to a network of stony streets that ascend through infinite steps up to the highest part of the city, from where you can get certain better views of the Adriatic. Also from its walls, which today offer a sweet path but originally served as a defense to the possible attacks.
Victim of numerous wars, some of them as destructive as the Balkans, the old Ragusa has managed to reinvent itself and preserve certain monuments that today concentrate a high number of tourists. A trip organised by the Balkans, with a stop in Duvrovnik, takes us through the Cathedral, the clock tower, the rector's palace, the fountain of Onofrio or the Franciscan monastery, where the oldest pharmacy in Europe is located: Mala Braca, opened from one thousand three hundred and seventeen.
The journey along the coast would continue to Lokrum Island, a haven of peace just miles from the city. The first to build on it were the friars, who built a Benedictine abbey. They were also responsible for the huge botanical tradition of Lokrum, one of its main attractions on the island, as well as Mrvto More, a brackish lake to cool down on.
Malta has a rich history of conquests due to its geographical location, since it represented a huge attraction as a commercial route for the Mediterranean. The Order of Malta raised the first stone which, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, would become a fortress. Its port, in addition to this, was one of the most essential, while in it many of the ships that brought goods from East and West stopped.
Sailing along its coast takes us to certain wonders such as the famous Blue Cave, or to its islands: Gozo and Comino, full of natural treasures. The first one is thought to be the island of Calypso that Homer describes in the Adventure, as its legendary history tells. In it you will find abundant temples, such as Ggantija, baroque churches, spectacular beaches and good nightlife.
On the other hand, Comino is popular for being the place where the Blue Lagoon is located, a natural turquoise water swimming pool where you can relax. This lost corner is one of the best destinations for scuba diving lovers.
The Balearic Islands (Spain)
These five Balearic islands are perfect for sailing. Its crystal clear waters, good weather, extensive heritage and natural treasures have made them one of the most international destinations. Its capital, Palma de Mallorca, keeps among its medieval streets an endless number of Gothic buildings that stand without losing contact with the sea.
Its historic district is presided over by La Seu, the cathedral where the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his mark and which today is one of the icons of the city. Not far away is Canidus Vivot, the site marked by being where the conspiracy of the Bourbons was carried out during the War of Succession. Its protective character can be found in Bellver Castle, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the bay.
Menorca, offers some of the best coves in the archipelago. Known for being a sun and beach destination, here the main attractions are the Mitjiana cove, with an intense turquoise beach; the Pregonda, accessed by boat; or Morell, where the most incredible necropolis of Menorca is located. We cannot leave the island without a visit to the Coloms grotto or take a stroll through the old town of Mahon.
Nature comes alive in Formentera and Cabrera. The first of these is known for its water tone, while the second has one of the richest ecosystems in the Mediterranean thanks to the Terrestrial Maritime National Park of the Cabrera Archipelago. If you are looking for a holiday, apart from nature, endless beaches and sunsets, the queen of the night is none other than Ibiza.
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