11 Bucket List Destination’s To Tick Off While You’re In The Mediterranean
The Mediterranean as a whole is already a #bucketlistgoals region, but where are the absolute best places to visit in the Med? Luckily for you, we have just the scoop on the top bucket list destinations to tick off while you’re in the Mediterranean, and better yet — you can sail to all of them on our MedSailors routes!
1. Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is on every hotlist for the Med, and for good reason — it has one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe and a popular music festival destination. But there is so much more to Hvar than its iconic clubs and cocktail bars. From its storied history, winding white-stone Venetian laneways, and tasty restaurants tucked into the ancient walls, there is a lot to love for everyone. Hit this destination on either our Croatia Discovery or Voyager route!
2. Korcula, Croatia
Korcula Old Town is one of those destinations that requires picking your jaw up off of the ground upon arrival as it’ll leave you in awe every direction you turn. This fortified town with high cannon-topped battlements is the perfect destination to get lost amongst the fantastical scenery. Allow your imagination to run wild through the flower-draped alleys exploring art galleries, having cocktails atop a 15th-century watchtower, and wine and dine yourself in one of Croatia’s best food scenes.
3. Mljet, Croatia
The lush pine-tree blanketed island of Mljet is one stop not to miss for the outdoors lovers. The highlight is exploring two turquoise saltwater lakes by mountain bike, which is an easy paved loop trail taking you through the vibrant pines. Take a break and hop on a short boat ride to explore the ancient Benedictine monastery on an island in the center, with a gelato and a dip in the water to cool off in between! On the island, you can also explore the secret cave of Odysseus from Greek mythology.
4. Epidavros, Greece
This is a big bucket list item for the history buffs on our Greece Saronic route. Epidavros is the famous healing center of ancient Greece with 3,000+ year old ruins dotting a landscape of sprawling orange groves and dramatic mountains. The best part, here you can visit the oldest, largest, and most intact ancient Greek theater that still to this day has some of the world’s best acoustics. Hope you’ve been practicing your singing!
5. Spetses, Greece
Spetses is a lesser-known Greek gem of the Med, but just as beautiful as the ever so popular Santorini and Mykonos islands without the tourist crowds. This pristine island is lined with shimmering pebble beaches, cocktail bars in hidden coves, and a stunning ring road drive that will take you to a mysterious hidden cave to swim in. Oh, and we cannot forget that idyllic Greek blue and white picturesque architecture! One of the best islands to explore while sailing Greece!
6. Parga, Greece
With its formidable fortress clinging to the massive crag overlooking the inlet, white sand beaches calling you to relaxation, and the colourful houses stacked atop each other along the marina — Parga is a place that dazzles on our MedSailors Ionian route. Here you’ll find the perfect mix of exciting Ionian and traditional Greek cuisine, lively seaside bars, and a bit of something for everyone.
7. Stromboli, Italy
The smoldering island of Stromboli takes bucket list to another level on MedSailors Italy. Why? Three words: active volcano hike! Here you’ll hike up the mars-like landscape to the crater of the volcano and the Sciara del Fuoco (stream of fire) to watch the volcanic eruptions at sunset! Watch the lava burst into the fiery sky for an unforgettable life experience and well worth the bit of sweat.
8. Vulcano, Italy
Though we’ve already had a volcano bucket list item grace this list, the island of Vulcano offers something entirely different and unique. On this volcanic island you can get the ultimate natural spa treatment by getting down and dirty in the mineral rich mud baths! After, take a dip in the crystal clear water, hit the hillside on a motorbike, and sunbathe on the black-sand beaches.
9. Kotor, Montenegro
One of the most captivating and whimsical towns in all of the Mediterranean, Kotor leaves a ton to the imagination enclosed in this walled place of wonder on our MedSailors Montenegro route. The Venetian architecture will leave you in awe as you get lost in the labyrinth of laneways lined with delicious cafes and restaurants to grab a bite while you feast on history. Take a hike up the serpentine stairs to the mountaintop fortress guarding the city that overlooks the sparkling cerulean bay below. Definitely a “WOW” moment in every step.
10. Kalkan, Turkey
Explore one of the deepest gorges in the world. Tube down a spring-fed river through a mountain valley. Enjoy a sunset on one of Europe’s longest and most beautiful beaches. Oh, and eat one of the best meals of your life at a rooftop traditional Turkish restaurant overlooking a beautiful coastal town. All in ONE DAY. Yeah, we know, Kalkan sounds amazing…because it is, and definitely a bucket lister of our MedSailors Turkey route!
11. Fethiye, Turkey
For those wanting to tick off some adrenaline-pumping items on the list, Fethiye will fulfill that hunger for a heart-pounding rush! With an exhilarating ride up the mountains, paraglide down to the white sand Oludeniz beach while absorbing the literal breathtaking views of the famous Turquoise Coast. After working up an appetite, dine in one of Turkey’s best culinary spots on hookah and spice market-lined streets before hitting an epic bar to cap off one of the best days of your life!
Start crossing off your bucket list today on an epic MedSailors sailing holiday!