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For many, the summertime months bring the desire to spend time on the beach and soak up the sun. It’s not uncommon for travelers in the states to venture off to popular destinations from the Florida Keys to the Caribbean. With that, if you’re looking for a beach destination, with beautiful waters and stunning scenery outside of some popular Caribbean islands, the Mediterranean might be the spot for you! The beauty of the Mediterranean doesn’t only come from its scenery, but also the various countries and cultures that surround the area. Simply said, the Mediterranean is likely to meet all of your travel expectations. Here are a few of the must-see destinations you’ll want to visit if you’re embarking on a Mediterranean vacation.

Italy

One of the most popular countries that sit in the Mediterranean, the peninsula and its various surrounding islands is a perfect destination for travelers looking for an exceptional Mediterranean experience. Specifically, two of Italy’s largest island destinations, Sicily and Sardinia, are where travelers can experience anything from beaches and relaxation to architecture and history. Take a visit to either to experience stunning sandy beaches, large mountainscapes, and delicious authentic Italian cuisine that will satisfy all of your vacation cravings!

Spain

Spain is a fantastic destination that will provide travelers with various islands and areas to visit.  From family-oriented Mallorca (Majorca) and Menorca to the ever popular Ibiza (Balearic Islands), you’ll find resorts of all kinds, perfect for families, couples, and singles looking for exciting nightlife. The beaches are exquisite, and the wildlife could be something out of a picture book. If you’re looking for a place known for its nightlife, Ibiza is where you want to be!

Cyprus

If you love the heat and the sun, Cyprus is the place for you! The summers here are hot, and the beaches to soak up some rays are plentiful. Experience live music as you take a visit to Paphos Old Town, or take a historic tour where you can see stunning Roman mosaics, architecture, and the Tombs of the Kings. And much like the other Mediterranean destinations on our list, get ready for delicious food!  A perfect destination for history buffs and foodies alike.

Croatia

Croatia is a Mediterranean destination full of places to see and things to do! Visit beaches and resorts, check out the local historic architecture, or attend one of the popular summer festivals that have both locals and tourist buzzing. You can find fantastic nightlife here as well; island parties, waterfront bars, and local clubs will provide you with tons of entertainment. Excursion wise, you can take to the seas and give sailing a try!