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Best beach holiday destinations in Mediterranean

Find the perfect beach holiday destination in the Mediterranean. Uncover the best islands, beaches, hotels and things to see and do in the Mediterranean.
  Here are the 10 most popular islands in the Mediterranean . . .
Santorini, Greek Islands


The glamorous island of Santorini is often considered the most dramatically beautiful of all the Greek Islands even if it is also one of the most expensive.
   But don’t let the cost put you off enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway here, for Santorini offers all you need for the perfect beach holiday in the Mediterranean, including a wide selection of boutique hotels.
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Mykonos, Greek Islands


Mykonos – the most glamorous and expensive of all the Greek Islands – boasts everything you need for a perfect beach holiday in the Mediterranean.
   Discover picturesque white-washed houses and blue-domed churches, classy boutique shopping, exciting nightlife, a cosmopolitan (some would say hedonistic) atmosphere and a selection of long sandy beaches ranging from family friendly to secluded and clothing-optional. Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets that meander through the cubist charms of Old Mykonos town.
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Ibiza - Balearic Islands

The über-chic Balearic Island of Ibiza is renowned for its famously raucous dance club scene, jet-setting glitterati and more than 50 white-sand beaches indenting its rugged, picture-perfect coastline – the perfect spot for active newlyweds looking for a beach holiday in the Mediterranean.
    Choose from a wide selection of sugar-white beaches fringed by music bars, dance clubs, restaurants and hotels, which sit conveniently close to the main resorts of Ibiza town, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany.
    Away from the beaches, wander the narrow streets of D'Alt Vila, Ibiza’s medieval hilltop town surrounded by 22m-high stone walls and lined with 500-year-old houses – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Mallorca - Balearic Islands

Savour a relaxing beach holiday or romantic getaway in Mallorca – Spain’s most popular Mediterranean island, the largest of the Balearic Islands and the perfect place for a beach holiday in Spain.
    Discover a choice of pine-fringed white-sand beaches that indent a 500km-long coastline and border lively resorts crammed with bars, restaurants and hotels.
   Explore the island’s interior on foot, bike or by hire car, a scenic landscape of almond and olive groves, pine forests, whitewashed windmills and picture-perfect mountain villages scattered across the spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
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Bustling beach resorts, ancient ruins, medieval fortresses, lush mountain vistas, pretty green valleys dotted with olive groves, an energetic nightlife and a warm climate are just some of the reasons why Cyprus is one of the most popular Mediterranean islands for a beach holiday or romantic getaway.
    Explore the lush, pine-scented Troodos Mountains on foot or by jeep safari, visit centuries-old wine-growing villages and have fun with a choice of watersport activities at one of several beach resorts such as Kato Paphos, Protaras or Ayia Napa all of which boast a choice of pristine beaches.
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Capri, Italy

Isle of Capri

The Isle of Capri is Italy’s most famous island – the haunt of movie stars, literati and everyone famous since the Roman Emperor Tiberius first established his home here in the 1st century AD.
   Set in a deep blue sea just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri boasts a rugged mountain surrounded by picture-perfect coves, jagged cliffs, underwater grottos and dramatic swimming sites.
   With its exclusive ambiance, chic boutiques, fine dining restaurants and good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, Capri offers all the ingredients you need for a great beach holiday in the Mediterranean.
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Rhodes, Greek Islands


With its year-round pleasant climate, ancient Greek temples, World Heritage-listed medieval Old Town, pristine mountainous interior and coastline of beautiful clean beaches, the Greek Island of Rhodes offers all the ingredients you need for a perfect beach holiday in the Mediterranean.
   Visit the beautiful hilltop town of Lindos, wander narrow winding streets lined with white-washed houses, explore the 15th century hilltop fortress, admire the ancient Greek temple that sits within the walls, then cool off with a swim in the nearby beach.
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Corfu, Greek Islands


Bustling beach resorts, an energetic nightlife, distinctive historic architecture and friendly locals are just some of the reasons why Corfu still remains one of the most popular Greek Islands for a beach holiday in the Mediterranean.
   With its lush green landscape of cypress trees, vineyards and shimmering olive groves fringed by blue bays and long golden-sand beaches, Corfu is one of most beautiful islands in Greece.
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Zante, Greek Islands


The tranquil and picturesque island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is the largest of the Greek Ionian Islands.
   It offers elegant neo-classical buildings, medieval churches, weather-sculpted sea caves and a choice of gorgeous golden-sand beaches.
   Stroll the picturesque waterfront of Zakynthos town, see artefacts dating back to the 12th century at the Byzantine Museum, enjoy panoramic views from the hilltop ruins of the Venetian fortress and don't miss Navagio Beach – a pocket of gorgeous white sand that sits surrounded on three sides by towering vertical cliffs of white rock.
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Blessed with almost 2000km of coastline, the island of Sardinia offers soaring cliffs and rugged shorelines, flower-strewn hillsides, ancient archaeological ruins and charismatic medieval towns that are just a short hop away from mainland Italy.
   Sardinia offers the perfect destination for a beach holiday and romantic getaway in the Mediterranean. Discover a huge range of magnificent beaches ringing the island and a choice of exclusive holiday resorts along the magnificent Costa Smeralda and at the popular resort city of Alghero, which features narrow winding medieval streets and a 5km-long golden-sand beach.
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Latest update on these beach holiday destinations: 28 October, 2015
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