Mediterranean Bound — Why and Where to Go
When you think about it, the Mediterranean Sea is quite a remarkable thing. Stretching from Western Europe to the start of mainland Asia while running across the tip of Africa, a total of 22 countries have a coastline on this body of water.
Often referred to as the incubator of Western civilization, the Mediterranean Sea has been incredibly important and significant throughout the course of history. But today, it’s a popular destination among scores of holidaymakers and travelers.
So, is it the cuisine, scenery or culture that makes the Mediterranean so appealing?
Cuisine— For quite some time, several people have heralded the health benefits a Mediterranean diet can afford. As well as being good for you, the region’s cuisine is delectable and delicious. Wherever you end up, there’ll no be doubt plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil and fish to greet you.
Scenery —From rocks and hilltop towns that tower over the sea to extensive beaches and lush green forests, the Mediterranean boasts some extraordinary scenery. The natural terrain of certain destinations is hard to beat, but other locations have picturesque old towns or impressive cityscapes.
Culture— The Mediterranean has witnessed several historic events, so there’s no shortage of cultural delights. Archaeological sites and ancients ruins provide an insight into former times, while art galleries and museums provide the means for a more contemporary journey of discovery.
Where to go?
Menorca —This particular Balearic Island is perfect for enjoying the Mediterranean’s favourable climate in peace, as it is far more tranquil and less developed than other resorts nearby. Its glorious shoreline with beaches, white coves and aquamarine waters is perhaps Menorca’s greatest asset. There are plenty of flights to Menorca, so if the island appeals to you, getting there will be no problem.
Malta— Despite its diminutive size, Malta has a big personality and plenty of alluring highlights. In many respects, it’s a quintessential Mediterranean country, with superb cuisine, striking scenery and numerous historic places of interest.
Malaga— This city in southern Spain has been a hit with holidaymakers and travelers for decades. A journey into the city will reward you with the culture of the Picasso museum and the delight of the tapas bars. Visit in mid-August and there will literally be dancing in the streets as the Malaga fair is underway. If you want lively, you want Malaga.
So, why should you visit the Mediterranean? Because the cuisine is fabulous, as is the scenery, and the culture is enthralling. Where should you go? Soothing Menorca, fascinating Malta or magical Malaga.
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