The Mediterranean: The Best Islands to Visit
The Mediterranean is a region of the world that really does fit that age-old cliché – something for everyone. I don’t want to sound all chintzy but there is no other phrase that fits.
Do you want to party? You have an island. Do you want culture? You have an island. Do you want history and architecture? You have an island. Do you want a bit of everything? Guess what? You have an island!
Let’s start with party-central, because we do have to talk about it. The Balearic island of Ibiza is probably the best known, with a myriad of super-clubs and sunset cafes to party into the small hours. Despite that Ibiza does have a more chilled-out, family-oriented side, and it’s simply a case of being careful where you’re placed, and avoiding San Antonio if you don’t want the party action. If you do however, then you need to be heading there at once!
Despite this, the Balearics also have Majorca and Menorca, two very differing islands. Majorca is the larger one, and it is as varied as it is large. You have the bright neon party lights of Magaluf for the younger set, or Palma for history and architecture, with fantastic shopping opportunities. Palma is a pretty swish destination, which offers a great base with opportunities to experience further afield. Renting holiday villas in Majorca is a great way to have a home-away-from-home feel to an island break, giving you freedom to cook, swim if you have a pool, and basic freedom to explore this sun-drenched island.
In comparison, Menorca is a small, quieter island, more rural and will show you a Spanish way of island life. This is a great choice for families too, away from the hustle and bustle.
Still in Spain, but heading further south, the Canary Islands are a great choice for an all year around holiday, with winter and summer sun on offer. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura each have their own features, and many cruises head off around the various islands.
The traditional Med Island escapes are usually more towards the Greek islands, and again you can cruise around, and also island hop on your own steam. Santorini is a hugely popular island to visit, and this is where you’ll find those white washed churches, with blue domes, high up on the hillside over looking the sparkling sea. This is a very popular wedding destination too.
The Greek islands are all very different, despite many people thinking they’re the same, and despite their slight similarities, each has a different feel. Rhodes and Zante are popular amongst the young set, with a party resort on each, yet quieter sides to the islands too. This is probably what makes the Med islands so popular, that they are so varied, and not just locked down to one particular genre.
A good way to see more is through a Med cruise, and that way you can sample a few and decide which you like best, before returning for a land-based holiday. One thing’s for sure, you’ll have plenty of choice.