Mediterranean holiday destinations this summer

We made a list of Mediterranean top 10 destination for your summer vacation.

1. Korcula, Croatia

Mediterranean pearl Korcula. It says it all that although legendary explorer Marco Polo toured the globe, he chose to return to his native Korcula. This Dalmatian island is a gem, sporting a mini-Dubrovnik in the postcard perfect capital of Korcula Town, but also a collection of top Mediterranean beaches. The island sports its very own wine too, you won’t find the super dry grkanywhere else. Handy, as it goes perfectly with the bountiful local seafood – try the waterside Mimi’s Bistro at Tara’s Lodge for a rotating menu of fresh fish caught on the day.

Where to stay in Korcula?

The Lesic Dimitri Palace is the best place to bed down on the island, a plush bolthole that reclines in the picturesque historic district of Korcula Town.

How to get there?

Fly to Dubrovnik and take the ferry from Dubrovnik harbour for the scenic 2-hour sea journey to Korcula.

Korcula island in Croatia

2. Costa Smeralda, Italy

The Italian island of Sardinia is the Mediterranean idyll writ large – all impossibly blue seas and perfect sandy beaches. For couples looking to splash out a bit and do Sardinia in style, the most exclusive part of the island is the Costa Smeralda. Share beaches with the Jet Set and spy on millionaire super yachts cruising these chic waters. Excellent restaurants abound – well, this is Italy – and top of the bill for a intimate dinner is Da Giovannino with its beautiful harbour setting, surrounded by pink blossoms.

Where to stay in Costa Smeralda?

The Grand Hotel Smeralda Beach boasts its own private beach, a brace of restaurants and watersports to suit everyone from lazy sailing to fast-paced motor boats.

How to get there?

Fly to Olbia – the airport is only a 30 minute drive from the resorts of Costa Smeralda.

The beaches of the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

3. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Thanks to the BBC’s The Night Manager, Majorca/Mallorca is seriously in this summer. Get on your sharp suit (open collar of course) to pose around the Majorcan capital of Palma like Tom Hiddlestone, checking out the chic shops, shaded plazas and hip little old town bars. Don’t miss the epic Gaudi-designed cathedral and tree-shrouded La Rambla in a city that has many of Spain’s best bits rolled into one pleasingly manageable Mediterranean destination.

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca?

The Saratoga is centrally located and comes with an attic swimming pool boasting sweeping views of the city and a restaurant with live jazz nights.

How to get there?

Fly to Majorca’s airport and drive or taxi the last 8km of the journey to Palma city.

Palma de Mallorca beach

4. Paphos, Cyprus

If you love steamy temperatures, the island nation of Cyprus positively sizzles in summer, tipping 33 °C (91 °F) on average during the days – best avoid taking tots in July and August. The whole of Cyprus is a popular Mediterranean holiday spot, but Paphos is generally a good bet as it caters for so many tastes. There are, of course, sandy beaches aplenty, and then there’s the spread of historical attractions that have given Paphos its UNESCO World Heritage status, including impressive Roman mosaics and the mysterious Tombs of the Kings. You won’t need to search far for a delicious mezze feast and decent Mediterranean nightlife either. Try Otto Diece Music Bar, tucked away down an alley in Paphos Old Town, for live music among characterful surroundings.

Where to stay in Paphos?

The Elysium is the grandest place to stay. This palatial abode overflows with restaurants and swimming pools, with an excellent health spa on hand, too.

How to get there?

The town is a 20 minute drive from Paphos airport and you can fly direct from various UK cities including regional airports like Nottinhgam East Midlands and Manchester.

Paphos beach and coastline

5. Kos, Greece

The island of Kos is one of Greece’s most charming. It has beaches laden with all sorts of fun stuff, like windsurfing (Mastichari Beach) and beachside bars (Lambi Mylos Beach), as well as quiet sheltered coves you can only get to by boat. Kos Town is very much the heart of the island action and a great place to unwind, but also make time for historical sights like Asklepieion, an unusual early medical centre dedicated to the Greek god of health.

Where to stay in Kos Town?

The Peridis Family Resort is a great choice for many reasons: it’s in Kos Town, it has three swimming pools and, for families, it even has a free kids’ club.

How to get there?

Kos has its own airport which you can fly to from the UK in under five hours.

Kos, Greece

6. Rimini, Italy

Savvy Italians know that the cleanest waters in the Med lie on the eastern coast of their famed geographical boot. The Adriatic Riviera is the place to be, so head for this bustling mainland resort. The beaches are huge manicured affairs, giving way to warm seas and backed by Rimini itself, a city of broad piazzas, Roman temples and the marble Tiberius Bridge. The restaurants are top notch, but because Rimini caters for so many locals, budget fans can also get great street food on the go for under a fiver at cafés like Piada e Cassoni da Ciana e Monda (Via Don Bosco).

Where to stay in Rimini?

The four star Accademia Hotel is well located near the airport and the Arenas Water Park.

How to get there?

Fly to Rimini by way of Federico Fellini International Airport, located 3 miles from the city centre.

A bridge in Rimini, Italy

7. Albufeira, Portugal

Of the multitude of Algarve resorts, Albufeira is the one that tempts families, couples and party animals alike. The old fishing village centre is great for families by day and by night becomes a magnet for couples looking for a candlelit dinner. Then there’s the legendary ‘Strip’ with its cheap drink promotions, but Albufeira is a respectful Mediterranean party destination and has crucially set its most rowdy spots away from the centre to keep the noise down. There are some 25 beaches along this coastline, both in the resort centre and outside of the town in both directions. They cater for all tastes here, including – rather unexpectedly – bird-watchers at Praia de Salgados. Head west to this lagoon wetland to spot purple herons, whiskered terns and waxbills, amongst others.

Where to stay in Albufeira?

The Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa offers easy access to town and the beaches.

How to get there?

Faro is the nearest airport to Albufeira and if you have time to make a stop

A sandy beach near Albufeira

8. Nice, France

Very much the French Riviera’s main hub, Nice is a city as well as a resort. The pebble beach takes a bit of getting used to for some, but if you must have sand there are plenty of other beaches around the town – try Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, a 25-minute ride on bus 81. This being France, there are lots of high quality restaurants serving excellent food, and because there’s lots of competition for your cash, prices are pocket-friendly too – you can get a decent lunch at a Nice café for around £5-£15.

Where to stay in Nice?

For a real treat check into the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais De La Mediterranee, an art deco old dame that very much belongs to the city’s golden age of the 1930s.

How to get there?

You can fly direct to Nice for under £100 from London, Birmingham and Bristol.

The chic resort of Nice

9. La Manga, Spain

Join Spanish royalty and savvy Spaniards enjoying a break in the Mar Menor, a salty lagoon inlet off the Spanish mainland. La Manga is both a resort on the lagoon and a sinewy sandbar, as well as being famous among golfers too due to the excellent local courses. Due to the high salinity of the local water, floating around is easy for lazy swimmers and families will appreciate the gentle, shallow waters. The Mediterranean Sea lies on the other side of the sandbar.

Where to stay in La Manga?

Las Gaviotas is in the heart of La Manga within easy reach of both the Mar Menor and the Med.

How to get there?

Fly to Murcia and the centre of La Manga is about a half an hour drive away.

La Manga, Spain

10. Oludeniz, Turkey

If you’ve leafed through a brochure for Turkish beach resorts the chances are that you’ll have already seen a photograph of Oludeniz’s starched white sand spit, most probably on the front cover. You could easily laze away your whole holiday here, although you’d miss all the paragliding – Oludeniz is ideal for first timers looking for a serious thrill. Several companies run tandem glides, including Easy Riders and Pegas Paragliding.

Where to stay in Oludeniz?

Belchehan Deluxe Hotel has a main outdoor swimming pool, as well as a children’s’ pool, for those too relaxed to make the short stroll to that beach.

How to get there?

Lying southwest of Antalya, the closest airport to Oludeniz is Dalaman and from here, you can grab a taxi or hire a car from the airport to make the hour journey on to the resort.

Oludeniz beach