The Mediterranean’s sapphire seas will lure you in and convince you to stay a while. But beyond the azure waters lie tiny whitewashed villages nestled against sandy shores, marble-clad fortresses, and winding chains of turquoise waterfalls—places loved by locals and untouched by most.
Discover Mediterranean’s best kept secrets – seaside escapes you simply won’t see on another tour or cruise.
While most of Slovenia is landlocked, there is a small stretch of land that runs along the sea called Slovenian Istria. The region is comprised of three towns – Koper, Izola and Piran. Often referred to as Venice without the canals, Piran is a picturesque fishing village that serves up the best scenery, seafood, and an enchanting medieval square lined with cafes.
Dodge the sun seekers that flock to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and head north to Zadar. You can still get lost in marble-clad streets and enjoy the azure waters, just with fewer crowds and lower price tags. Don’t miss the Sea Organ or the Sun Salutation – two architectural masterpieces that use the energy of the waves and power of the sun to create indescribable living art.
Originally settled by Venetians, this architectural and atmospheric port sets the stage for lavish leisure. Enjoy an evening on your own, whether you choose to sip the region’s beloved honey brandy or indulge in the catch of the day, it won’t take long to be captivated by this seaside citadel.
Though proudly French, Collioure sits just 15 miles from Spain and is a city where two cultures collide. Beyond the pastel-hued homes that hug the coastline, you’ll uncover well-respected wines and flavourful Catalan cuisine from family-owned restaurants. Get lost in the maze of sun-soaked alleyways.
This slower-paced island of whitewashed villages, often referred to as “mini Mykonos,” is also famous for the white marble once mined here. Admire the flawless tone during a guided visit to the 4th-centruy “Church of 100 Doors,” one of the most significant Byzantine Ruins.
Spend time exploring the Sassi, Matera’s nighbourhoods of prehistoric cave dwellings stacked atop one another – many now converted into museums, shops, and hotels – before enjoying a farm-to-fork experience at a traditional agriturismo.
One of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the most beautiful in Albania. With its mostly flat roadways, the pastel-painted Old Town of Shkodra is known as the City of Bicycles. Take time to enjoy the stunning lake views from Rozafa Fortress.