Croatia

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Croatia is europe’s hottest new destination. With a coastline that stretches thousands of kilometres, more than 1,000 offshore islands, and a mild Mediterranean climate all is as yet untouched by the effects of mass tourism and Croatia remains a peaceful and intriguing country to explore.

 

At the northern end of the Adriatic coast, is Istria, the Adriatic’s largest and greenest peninsula with 445 km of intricately indented shoreline, clean sea and a variety of untamed beaches, perfect for those in search of intimacy and privacy. KVARNER region is also located in the northern Adriatic Sea and has the longest tourist tradition in Croatia, famous for its varied beaches and clean sea, this is also the area where the best scampi in the Adriatic are caught and prepared. Be captivated by the pureness and glamour that is Split, the largest city on the Adriatic Coast, rich in culture and history dating back to 2nd century BC. Located on the south coast of Croatia, the Dubrovnik Riviera is an up-and-coming resort and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful towns in the world.

Indulge in Croatia’s secret and alluring charm, explore the coast line and the islands. You will find great food, good domestic wine with plenty of cultural diversions as well as a vibrant café scene.

Turkey

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Turkey is in a unique position which has given rise to a culture that reflects both East and West in a wonderful mix of oriental mystery and modernity. It is a country where European aspirations sit comfortably alongside Asian traditions with a contemporary outlook.

 

Although surrounded by the sea on three sides, the most popular cruising area is to be found on the South West coast starting in Izmir through Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Kas down to Antalya where you are offered the golden opportunity to enjoy soft sandy beaches surrounded by warm waters away from the everyday world.

For those who enjoy the night life there are many restaurants in which to try local Turkish cuisine, music bars, discos and shops. Turkey is a unique destination full of culture, charm, history and contrasting beauty, excellent cuisine and unforgettable hospitality.

Greece

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Greece has such a rich history and culture and yet is loved for the aqua blue seas, the spectacular bays, and the many unique and special islands which constitute one fifth of the country’s land. The Greek islands cradle some of the most ancient and prosperous European civilisations (the Cycladic, Minoan, etc.), visible today through the archaeological sites, architecture, sculptures, paintings, crafts, fascinating local traditions – all part of a multifaceted cultural past.

 

You will marvel at the contrasts of present-day Greece, of simple and sophisticated, f ancient and modern, of sun and wind. The food is incredible whether you eat in the traditional tavernas or sample the modern cuisine in divine restaurants – and all of this served with the oldest of Greek traditions – the warm hospitality of the Greek people

The Ionian Islands are located off the west coast of Greece and are composed of Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Ithaka, Paxos and Kythira. They are well known for their beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Every Ionian island has a distinct character and between them they offer a unique experience of swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing.

The Aegean Sea, which contains more than 1000 islands, is the arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey. The Aegian Islands include the windy, wild and rocky Cyclades such as Myconos, Naxos and Santorini, famous for their, beautiful landscapes and the white houses with blue windows – as well as the shopping and nightlife. Then there are the Northern Aegian Islands near Turkey, the mountainous Dodecanese islands and last but not least the largest Greek island of Crete.

Sicily

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Sicily is one of the best-kept vacation secrets on the globe with everything to offer. Sicily is unique, full of art, archaeology, history, folklore, breathtaking scenery and great cuisine.

 

Threaded amongst its scented citrus orchards, tranquil farmland and lunar-like mountains is a kaleidoscope of towns, sights and resorts. The east coast is the main attraction thanks to the beautiful beaches and stunning landmarks.

For a luxurious holiday, picturesque, Taormina is popular with stepped boutique-filled streets, sandy coves and a spectacular Greco-Roman theatre. Sicily offers visitors a classic sunshine break, cafe culture and water sports.

The Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi coast is a picturesque region made up of thirteen wonderful towns extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east, along the southern Mediterranean coast of Italy.

 

Amalfi, a great town with a very rich culture that gives the name to the coast, is in the heart of a nature reserve and is home to craftsmen who continue the ancient traditions of the region including the famous ceramics and handcrafted paper.

The island paradise of Ischia is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples It boasts an array of hotels and spas where you can take the waters and attracts an international crowd from March through November.

The Isle of Capri is famous the world over as a stylish and beautiful holiday destination. Everyone has their own Capri myth, whether it’s a myth of Sirens charming seafarers, of ancient Roman parties, of dreamy sea views, of 1950s celebrities in big sunglasses, or of lazy summer evenings spent browsing in exclusive boutiques.

Capri is an island of many contrasts. For historians, it is the palace island of the Emperor Tiberius, dotted with neglected Roman remains. For avid shoppers, it is a maze of boutiques. For celebrities and the executive visitors, a rendezvous point. For leisurely holidaymakers, it can present all this and more, along with staggering views and blue, blue sea.

Venice

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Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, city of canals and palaces…and gondolas!

 

Venice is built on one hundred and seventeen small islands, and holds 150 canals, connected by an amazing 409 bridges, it is the place to get hopelessly lost for a day. Explore the endless mazes of backstreets and deserted squares, with hidden restaurants and wonderful shops. Visit the famous glass making factories on the Island of Murano.

For a thousand years the city was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers on the face of the earth. Today the brilliance and power have long since gone leaving a town so achingly beautiful and elegant it is impossible to forget.

Italian Riviera

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Italy has it all: popes, painters, polenta, paramours, poets, political puerility and potentates. Its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance, and its three millennia of history, culture and cuisine seduce just about everyone. You can visit Roman ruins, marvel at Renaissance art, visit tiny medieval hill towns, and gaze at beautiful churches. Naturally you can also indulge in the pleasures of la dolce vita: good food, good wine and improving your wardrobe. A haven of olive oil, pasta, wine, mafia and sunshine, roman ruins and renaissance palaces, Italy has a lot to give its visitors.

 

The ‘Italian Riviera’ is a loose term usually applied to the stretch of coast in Liguria which borders France. This coastline boasts blue seas, stately resorts with casinos and swaying palms along the promenade, and attractive inland villages.

The blue waters, the attractive coastline and beaches, and the exceptionally mild climate have long been the Italian Riviera’s biggest attractions. Sheltered from the north by the Maritime Alps, the strip of land by the sea has a micro-climate of its own; with sunshine and comfortable temperatures the whole year round.

South of Genoa, the capital of the Italian Riviera, are three very different resort towns: jet-set Portofino (where you are likely to see several yachts); elegant Santa Margherita, the flower-filled town; and lively little Rapallo, where the shopping is excellent. Stop in the promontory Portovenere and visit the renowned Cinque Terre, five picture-perfect villages clinging to almost vertical hillsides lined with vineyards and olive groves.

Before you know it you’re at the border of Tuscany. Along the way you will have soaked in some of the most spectacular sightseeing Italy has to offer, perhaps accompanied by with a meal of super-fresh fish and pasta with the local specialty: pesto sauce.

Corsica & Sardinia

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Corsica, known to the Ancient Greeks as Kallisto -“the most beautiful” – well deserves the name Island of Beauty. This island is one of the three largest islands in the Mediterranean.

The island has wide stretches of uninhabited terrain and large open spaces among the mountains, the forest and along the coastal area. Trees cover nearly half the countryside where mountain peaks reach to a height of 8,900 feet – all encircled by 600 miles of an enchanting coastline. Apart from wonderful sunshine, the quality that makes Corsica so special is its rich variety of people, scenery, traditions and dialects.

A stunning sight in Calvi is the Citadel or upper town with 13th-16th century ramparts which stand on a rocky promontory that juts out to the sea. The Gulf of Porto surrounded by red granite cliffs, is another breathtaking sight, especially at sunset.

 

Sardinia, is one of the most beautiful islands on the Mediterranean. If you are looking for a classic luxury vacation, few places will satisfy you better than the Costa Smeralda, where kings and magnates have been mooring their yachts for decades. Sardinia has a unique Mediterranean beauty to be explored; imposing granite cliffs, a rocky coastline with secluded bays, a verdant green mountainous interior all surrounded by a brilliant turquoise sea.

Perfect for diving and water sports, Porto Cervo, in Gallura on Sardinia’s north-western coast, is the centre of the so called Costa Smeralda, and one of the most prestigious tourist areas in the region. The picturesque pink terracotta villas and buildings vie for attention with luxury mega yachts. The beautiful people meet on the Piazzetta and the shopping is a dream. Porto Cervo is a haven for the yachting set with soft white sandy beaches and many little inlets only accessible by sea.

Balearics

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The Ballearic islands form an autonomous province in themselves. They can be found just off the east coast of Valencia. This group of islands has a smooth coast line which is dominated by various bays, coves and capes.

 

Two of the most famous islands are Majorca and Ibiza. Ibiza, one of the best known islands in the world, is famous for its Balearic Beats atmosphere as well as golden beaches and crystalline waters, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Majorca has everything you could want from a holiday destination filled with culture, history, fine restaurants, trendy cafes a buzzing nightlife and stunning scenery.

The other two smaller Balearics islands, Menorca and Formentera, offer extraordinary beauty and stunning beaches surrounded by turquoise seas.

Spain

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Spain is the country of festivals and fiestas, from streets carpeted with flowers to films-by-the-sea; from the famous running of the bulls to concerts and ballet in the gardens of the Caliphs. Paella and Sangría are world-famous, but you can also experiment an ever evolving cuisine, both daring and celebrated.

 

The original name of the city of Alicante was “Lucentum” meaning ”City of Light”. The coast of Alicante and the Costa Blanca owes its name to the breathtaking white beaches stretching for several kilometres attracting many sun worshippers and pleasure seekers. The city provides fun, entertainment and also a great nightlife to anyone with the energy to stay up into the late hours.

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, both in size and population. Discover the unique architecture of Gaudi and the “modernista” architects who have made it one of the most visually arresting cities in Europe – taste the brilliant Spanish cuisine and participate in the flamboyant culture. Barcelona is a truly magnificent city.