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If you could drop everything right now, and head off on a Mediterranean adventure, believe us you’d be crazy not to! The unrivaled climate and dozens of beautiful destinations lining the shore, the Mediterranean Sea not only has incredible cultural significance, but has provided the world with amazing locations, beaches and activities to sport a flawless tan at.
Bordered by Europe, Asia and Africa, coastline countries like Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Monaco, Spain and Turkey call the year round sunny Mediterranean home. Nothing can compare to the crystal clear beaches, historic ruins and the youthful relaxed vibe that Mediterranean nights exude. However long you stay, and whichever country you choose to put up your feet at, our awesome travel guide will give you 7 of the best destinations that suits everyone’s needs:
Take a trip to Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece – This beach is truly iconic, if every famous Insta-traveler’s feed has anything to say about it. One of the most recognisable beaches in the world (yes, the whole world), the crystal clear water and steep cliffs don’t disappoint from morning light to Mediterranean nights. Spend the whole day there after arriving by boat from Porto Vromi, pack a picnic lunch (take some picture-perfect Instagram shots) and stay until the sun sets, to see the beauty simply melt across the horizon.
Channel your inner history buff at Phaselis Antique City in Kemer, Turkey – Ancient ruins on the sea, what is more Mediterranean than that? Explore the old ruins of a once thriving city located in present day Turkey, surrounded by beautiful pine trees and sandy white beaches. Visitors rave that the Phaselis city is perfect for the old and the young, and all those in between, and that it’s easy to feel the history where you stand. Watch that sunset in the warm water at the beach for the ultimate end to your day.
Walk through the halls of the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey – While Turkey has a lot to offer your typical tourist, little compares to the ornate Dolmabahçe imperial pleasure palace, with its “neoclassical exterior and over-the-top interior”. Enter through the fancy front gates and see the ornate clock tower just inside. Stroll through the gardens, and then visit the palace’s three sections; the Selámlik, Harem and Veliaht Dairesi.
Sail away in a rented boat off the North East coast of Corfu, Greece – You can’t hit the Mediterranean without trying your hand at a bit of boating fun around the Greek Islands. The Venetian style of the island, and its almost untouched quiet beaches give visitors a relaxed feeling, the perfect mood to float aimlessly on top of the calm sea. Rent a small motor boat on the cosmopolitan island of Corfu, and keep a keen eye out for friendly dolphins along the way.
Chase cathedrals like the popular Catedral in Toledo, Spain – One of the top cathedrals in Spain, the impressive gothic architecture not only looks incredible during the day, but more so in the evenings when the buildings character really comes out to play. From the rose windows and art gallery inside the sacristy, to a small fee getting you up to the bell tower, this is one not to be missed (you can go to the beach afterwards, don’t worry) on your Mediterranean nights journey.
Explore what’s on offer in Dubrovnik, Croatia – Apart from being one of the most popular tourist destinations along the Mediterranean, the city is also protected by UNESCO for its historic prominence. With an abundance of activities, like stumbling across amazing architecture, relaxing on the beach, visiting summer festivals and hitting the nightlife, the culture and vibe is rich enough that you wouldn’t have to go anywhere else if you didn’t want to…
Get gorgeously tanned (the Sunescape way) – Sunescape’s tanning range takes inspiration from destinations like the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Our newest addition to the range, the Illuminating Body Tint emulates the relaxed-meets-exciting atmosphere that the Mediterranean nights exude from every pore, giving you an instant 24 hour tan that nights in the Mediterranean would look like, on your skin. You wish you could visit every darn week, but you might have to take the next best thing with our hydrating fleeting tan that will trick people into thinking you just got back from holiday…