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5 Unique Beach Destinations In The Mediterranean

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Head to the sandy, sunny shores of the Mediterranean this summer for an off-the-beaten path beach vacation:

In This Mediterranean Article You Will Discover:

  • Turkey’s Best Beaches
  • Island Destinations
  • Less-Visited Vacation Spots

Everyone knows about the beaches of Nice, Mykonos and Sicily — but with such a vast marine area, the Mediterranean Region offers boundless beaches, many of which are less visited than the Top 10 spots found in travel guides. If you’re looking to escape this summer, try heading to one of these unique beach destinations in the Mediterranean:

Bodrum, Turkey

Located on the Bodrum Peninsula, in Turkey’s southwest region, Bodrum is a colourful seaside town, bustling with tourism and trade and basking in the Mediterranean sun. Not just popular with sun-worshippers, scuba divers flock to Bodrum — as do foodies, for a taste of the gourmet seafood the region is known for. Six major beaches flank the town; perfect for a week’s stay.

Vis Island, Croatia

Tucked away in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s farthest outpost offers seclusion, pebble beaches, cerulean seas and is speckled with ruins and lovely beach cabanas. It is actually quite mountainous — with three main peaks — but beaches like the Blue Cave and Komiza, among many others, make it perfect for swimmers and sunbathers. Summertime temperatures hover around the mid-30-degree Celsius range, so what are you waiting for?

Rhodes, Greece

Rich in history — Rhodes has been constantly inhabited since the Stone Age — and perhaps most historically famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, this island in the Aegean offers summertime vacation perfection. Whether you’d like to tour the antiquities of the Old Town or the modern delights of the Modern City — or simply sun yourself on the island’s famous West Coast beaches — Rhodes delivers hedonistic pleasures and cultural delights.

Budva, Montenegro

Are you looking to party? Sure, it’s a bit crowded — but if you’re the type who likes to “see and be seen,” and enjoy a lively nightlife and a bustling beach experience, head to Budva. Enjoying the lovely Adriatic climate, Budva is fast becoming one of the region’s ultimate vacation hotspots. Hit the beach early and don’t expect much privacy, but for “action,” Budva delivers.

Oludeniz, Turkey

Located south of Bodrum, staring out into the Mediterranean and Rhodes, somewhere over the horizon, the beaches near the town of Oludeniz are hauntingly beautiful stretches of white-sand with multi-faceted blue seas gently lapping their shores. Dubbed the “Turquoise Coast,” Oludeniz is known for scuba diving, paragliding, wind- and kite-surfing, kayaking and more. Of course, there is also the time-honoured hobby of sunbathing, should those activities sound too strenuous…

Photo Courtesy Dan Taylor

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

4 comments… add one
  • David Webb Sep 19, 2013

    There’s always next year… 🙂

  • georgie Aug 6, 2013

    Thanks for sharing, although it’s too late for my summer vacay,

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