Palermo, Sicily, Italy

30 Aug Top Mediterranean Cities

From quick sunshine breaks to luxurious no-expense-spared cruises, the cities of the Mediterranean have a whole lot to offer for sun seekers and foodies alike. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Mediterranean holidays are amongst the most coveted in the world. You’ve got the sun, sand and sea – what more could you want? If you’d like to explore the cities of the Mediterranean, but you’re not quite sure where to start, check out my picks for the Mediterranean cities that should be on your holiday wish list!

Valletta, Malta.

Valletta, Malta
When you think of Mediterranean holidays, what’s the first country that springs to mind? I’m guessing it’s Spain, or maybe Italy. Well, for my first pick, I’m going a little left of field, and introducing you to the historical city of Valletta, in Malta. A popular destination amongst travellers in the know, Valletta is a city for history buffs, foodies and sun seekers alike. If it is relaxation you’re after, I recommend an Airbnb rental with a view of the bay, where you can feast your eyes on the impressive Fort St. Angelo, and watch the ships sail by. Valletta is also a great city to choose as your base if you want to explore the rest of Malta, including the island of Gozo, which is known as a surfer’s paradise.

Palma, Majorca, Spain.

Palma, Majorca, Spain
With its endless sunshine, great beaches, and arguably even better shopping, Palma, the capital of Majorca in Spain, has to be on any list of great Mediterranean cities. There is so much to see and do – besides the obvious sun worshipping! – in this historical city. For an authentic Majorcan experience, I recommend a trip to the Mercat de l’Olivar, Palma’s biggest food market. Here, you can sample the local delights and pick up some freshly caught fish for dinner. Just remember to purchase some check out Direct Travel Insurance’s guide to Spain before you go on your trip. As good as the food may be, there is always the chance of an upset tummy or even a trip to the emergency room when you are abroad and eating unfamiliar food. At the end of the day, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy
No Mediterranean trip would be complete without at least one stop in Italy along the way. As the capital city of Sicily, Palermo is a great base from which to explore the island, and take in all the sights. If you are holidaying on a budget, the city of Palermo offers a free two-hour walking tour of the city, which is hosted by in-the-know local tour guides. This English language walking tour is a great way to see the city, and while tips are welcomed (a percentage is donated to local charities) the tour is entirely free, although advance booking is required. If you are looking for an attraction that is a little off the beaten path, and more than a little macabre, then check out the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo. This is one tourist attraction that, while definitely not for the faint of heart, is definitely worth checking out – all in the name of a great travel experience!