From Greece and its innumerable islands with honey-hued sandy beaches, Croatia’s versatile, impressive coastline, all the way to Montenegro’s timeless seaside towns, the Med is the perfect travel opportunity when the pandemic subsides. The combination of great food, upcoming events, and the sunsets alone is enough to get you packing immediately.
Whether you’re in the mood for quiet and serene sights, or you’d rather explore versatile historic hotspots, this region is colourful, vibrant, and culturally rich enough to keep you occupied for days. So much so that many have decided to relocate to the Mediterranean, invest in a vacation home, or even spend months exploring these countries.
Now that we’re expecting the pandemic to dwindle, your travel plans should definitely include this gorgeous region. Here are a few spots you can add to your list for the post-coronavirus era, and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to keep exploring beyond the list, too.
Charming Crete in Greece
No Mediterranean list would be complete without mentioning at least one destination in Greece. For this occasion, let’s single out Crete as the ideal post-lockdown stop, with all its incomparable beauty and allure. You can enjoy the many beaches in Crete with immediate access to the translucent, peaceful waters, and spend time exploring the surrounding villages.
You’ll be able to sustain yourself on the local cheese and olive oil alone, but for those craving some adventure, you can have a taste of the local delicacies, too, one of them being snails. Crete is also a hiker’s dream come true, so you’ll never run out of spots to visit.
Tivat, the crown jewel of Montenegro
Over the past several years, more global travellers have started flocking to Montenegro for various reasons. Many different cultural events are attracting their attention while discovering the shores alone becomes an awe-inspiring experience on its own. More people are now looking into investing across the country, and especially in Tivat, as the proximity of the sea and the rapidly evolving local scene.
It’s becoming easier to find luxury property for sale in Tivat, Montenegro for anyone who wants easy access to a vacation home or even to relocate to this mesmerizing part of the world. As a historic city with immense growth potential and beautiful coast, Tivat is your ideal getaway from the hectic, modern life. You’ll feel as if time has stopped, and you’ll have nothing to do but enjoy the crashing waves, the authentic food, and the colourful nightlife.
Barcelona’s vibrant scene
As if Sagrada Familia and the entire artistic heritage built by Gaudi isn’t enough to get you there, the coast of Barcelona is perfectly designed for those who want a leisurely summer vacation on the beach without sacrificing a night on the town. This alone makes Spain one of the most popular post-lockdown places for visitors, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds in a single spot.
In essence, Barcelona is a living, breathing museum, so you’ll never run out of artistic, historic things to see. The culture here is warm and friendly, so you’ll find yourself amid spontaneous street performances, loud crowds in bars, and of course, a vibrant beach scene.
The sultry coast of Turkey
A beloved vacation country for the locals and entire Europe, Turkey is surprisingly affordable, yet lavish, its shores speckled with stunning luxe hotels and intact sandy alcoves. The Turkish hammams are a cherished part of the local tradition, and if you’re eager to detox and de-stress, perhaps this is your chance to experience the authentic sensations of the Turkish baths.
The coast itself is enough of a reason to visit, both with kids and on your own. The beaches are lazily stretching seemingly into infinity, making it impossible not to relax while you’re there. The food might take some getting used to if you’re coming from the US, but rest assured that it will be worth your while to tease your palate with kebabs, manti, and the famous Turkish delight.
Croatia’s famous island of Hvar
Truth be told, travelling to Croatia means you’ll be tempted to island-hop all day long, but choosing a single stay means you’ll be able to explore it properly and truly immerse yourself in the local atmosphere. Among its many islands, Hvar remains a favourite even for the locals, let alone tourists whose first contact with Croatia should indeed be as mesmerizing as this beautiful, picturesque island.
If you’d like to avoid the crowds, aim for early autumn or late spring – during these off-season times, you’ll have some of the smaller, hidden beaches all to yourself, and you’ll be able to enjoy the narrow Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia, in peace. Eating outdoors is a special treat on this island, as you’ll find yourselves bewildered by the views of the city itself, and the backdrop of endless blue ahead.
Now that the borders are slowly opening, you are able to visit places that were up until recently closed off to tourists. You might even find yourself falling in love with the region, and ready to invest in your own home abroad. In any case, the Mediterranean will keep you engaged and enthralled, and you’ll be excited about every future trip you’ll dream about once you come back home.
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Are you planning to travel to any of these Mediterranean spots soon?
*Guest post by Sophia Smith. She is a graphic designer, and a lifestyle and travel blogger. Her other hobbies centre around her love of healthy food, wellness rituals, yoga, and living in balance with nature. She loves sharing meaningful content that inspires people, and she has covered topics ranging from organic products and self-care to sustainable travel. Over the years she has also written pieces for Stay at Base, The Travelling Souk, Sivana Spirit, True Nature Travels, Yoga Trade, Soulful Concepts, Carousel, Cause Artist, Girls Who Travel, and many others.
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