Mediterranean

  • 1 Top six luxury Mediterranean beach clubs
    This summer season has been the year of the beach club – with celebrities like Tamara Ecclestone, Kate Moss and the cast of TOWIE all having been seen sipping champagne...

  • 2 Dive into the world's best scuba sites
    AzoresThe waters around this remote Portuguese archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean are home to an amazing underwater world. The nine small volcanic islands of the Azores are surrounded...

  • 3 Natural Croatian gems
    There's no doubting the attractions of Croatia's Adriatic coastline, but inland lies a more private landscape waiting to be explored. Here nature reaches epic proportions in a wild secret interior...

  • 4 Sicily, where the Corleone family has its roots
    The mere mention of Sicily triggers inevitable associations with the Mafia, at least in part because of the acclaimed Godfather trilogy. It's now 40 years since the first of the...

  • 5 The best of Ibiza
    Sensational sunsetsGlorious sunsets over the Med may be a common occurrence on Ibiza, but that doesn't make them any less breath-taking. As the sun begins to sink towards the horizon...

  • 6 Cool and unusual Spanish hotels
    How do you fancy sleeping in a tree top? In a red stone fortress? Under the stars? In a converted cinema? Or in a traditional Bedouin haymah? These original hotels...

  • 7 Stromboli: volcanic fire and passion
    Some say that without the scandal surrounding the extramarital affair between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman during the filming of Stromboli, the film would have sunk into insignificance. There are...

  • 8 Autumn is truffle-time in Istria
    Istria – the largest peninsula in the Adriatic – is said to be akin to Tuscany, and indeed there are plenty of similarities between the Italian region and the green...

  • 9 Extreme Sailing comes to the Med
    Now in its fifth season, the Extreme Sailing Series is a unique concept: the vessels are Extreme 40 catamarans, all identical and capable of speeds over 70 kilometres an hour...

  • 10 All night long: Notte Bianca in Malta
    With its wide range of tourist activities, historical monuments and pleasant climate, there are already plenty of reasons to visit the beautiful Mediterranean archipelago of Malta. If you're looking for...

  • 11 Crete: where myth and history meet
    To discover Crete is to discover the foundations of our civilisation: the island is like a dream that has been dreamed down through the centuries and that promises to continue...

  • 12 The sheer beauty of the French 'fjords'
    With its steep-walled inlets, known locally as calanques, the stretch of coastline between Marseilles and Cassis is one of the most rugged landscapes of the whole of the Mediterranean. The...

  • 13 Portofino, the height of Italian chic
    The earth tones of rusty browns, oranges and terracotta of the simple facades curving round the fishing port could almost be mistaken for a medieval painting were it not for...

  • 14 Casa del Mar: shades of blue on Corsica's southern coast
    Extensive gardens, a private beach, a back drop of mountains... the setting is perfect for this unusual hotel with its minimalist architecture and sleek elegance. The clear bright light of...

  • 15 Enjoy a drink among Roman ruins
    Along the Costa Daurada – the golden coast – beach flags flutter, as blue as the sea itself, denoting water quality, environmental standards and safety. The quintessentially Mediterranean climate prompted...

  • 16 Magical Mediterranean islands
    Brac (Croatia) 
Zlatni Rat – the 'golden cape' – near Bol is probably Croatia's finest beach. The beautiful horn of pale sand juts into the sea, extending for nearly half...

  • 17 The secrets of Santorini
    The Phoenicians knew it as Kalliste – “the beautiful” – even without the pretty whitewashed villages that now dot the island's dark volcanic cliffs, adding to its picturesque charm. The...

  • 18 The southeastern tip of Spain
    You may experience a kind of deja vu as you roam around the rugged landscapes of Cabo de Gata-Nijar on the coast of Almeria in southern Spain. This is hardly...

  • 19 The Amalfi Coast – leave your map behind
    Cliffs, vineyards and lemon groves, mansions that look out to the sparkling sea across the hilltops, and heart-stopping views at each twist in the road that weaves its way along...

  • 20 Luxury on the high seas
    When you hear the word 'cruise' perhaps you picture a kind of floating package tour aboard a vast and impersonal ship where thousands of passengers occupy identikit cabins in a...



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