The Mediterranean is a popular hotspot for holidays in the sun thanks to its great climate and wide variety of things to see and do across many different countries.
So where are the best locations to head to for a fun-filled beach holiday? Here are five suggestions to provide inspiration for your next beach break in the Mediterranean.
Spain is the British favourite when it comes to beach holidays – and it is little wonder. The south coast of the mainland is something of a haven for pleasure-seeking holidaymakers, particularly locations along the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca like Torremolinos, Malaga and Marbella.
The Spanish islands are also well worth checking out when it comes to beach holidays. The two main sets are the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, with both offering a similar mixture of sun, sea and sand to mainland Spain – along with a host of cultural and natural attractions unique to each island.
Greece’s ancient history, warm climate and stunning natural scenery make for the perfect destination for holidays in the sun. If you want to stay on the mainland, just a few of the locations you might want to consider include Halkidiki and Kalamata, from which various beach resorts can easily be accessed.
Like Spain, Greece has many islands that rival the mainland in terms of beach holiday fun – popular options include Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Kos, as well as several smaller islands that offer sun-drenched breaks in relatively secluded, unspoilt settings.
Cyprus is a large island boasting something for everyone – whether you want a party-filled beach holiday or something a bit more family-friendly, you can find it here.
Popular destinations include Paphos and Limassol in the west and Larnaca and Ayia Napa to the east. Mountain ranges, historic monuments and fine wineries all offer great potential for day trips when you want to get away from the beach for a while.
Turkey’s Mediterranean coast attracts crowds of travellers every year keen to soak up the sun and enjoy the country’s unique east-meets-west culture on their beach holidays.
Bodrum, Antalya and Marmaris are all popular locations for Turkish holidays in the sun.
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has plenty to offer travellers looking for beach holidays that combine sun-soaked beaches with a fantastic culture and equally great cuisine.
The Algarve coast is a particularly attractive destination for holidays in the sun thanks to its beautiful beaches and wonderfully clear blue waters. There’s plenty of golf to be had here, making it a great location for fans of the sport.