Our pick of the island destinations in the Med with budget holidays provider On The Beach
The Mediterranean is home to thousands of islands. There are Greek islands, Spanish islands, Italian islands and islands in their own right. Each island is unique, with its own blend of culture, history and cuisines, but one thing ties them all together: the weather. The sun shines favourably on the islands and coasts of the Med. Rain is intermittent and never really comes to much and temperatures rarely fall below 10°C even in the winter.
The islanders, who reside on all of these Mediterranean islands are united in their relaxed yet healthy way of life. People of the Med have the longest life expectancy of any region in Europe and don’t have the same problems with chronic diseases that we do in the north.
It is for all these reasons that we Brits tend to spend more and more of our holidays in the Med and many of us up sticks and move to fairer climes and the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. If you have yet to experience the magical combination described above, here are three of the best islands in the Med to do so on.
Cyprus is the island of love thanks to its reputation for being the birthplace of Aphrodite. But goddesses aside, this island is sure to induce loving feelings and sentiments because of its sheer beauty. It is the archetypal Mediterranean island. It boasts wild flower meadows in a rainbow of colours, white-washed blue-domed churches, golden sand beaches, rugged pine topped cliffs and rustic ports lined with bobbing fishing boats. On The Beach offers all-inclusive Cyprus holidays for prices that might actually make you fall in love with On The Beach. Everyone needs to visit Cyprus at least once in their lives.
If all-inclusive Cyprus holidays aren’t your thing, then get yourself over to Crete. It is overflowing with ancient sites such as the Minoan palace of Knossos and the Venetian fortresses of Rethymo. There are mountain villages and evocative architecture; breathtaking vistas and sun-trap beaches; caves, castles and windmills and gorges, tumbling waterfalls and fertile plateaus. You can even ski here in the winter. It’s a photographer’s dream come true.
Malta has a fascinating history that spans 6,000 years. From remnants of ancient Rome to very British phone boxes this is an island of contrasts. Add one of the most unspoilt landscapes of all the larger Med islands and charming towns and villages this is one of the Mediterranean’s hidden gems. Find out more on the Visit Malta website.