Islands of the Mediterranean

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The Mediterranean is full of many beautiful islands, most of which are very hard to leave.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Mediterranean region, and I always seem to get drawn back to the islands.

Here are a few of my favourite islands that I’ve been to, as well as a couple that I would love to visit in the future.

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Capri Islands of the Mediterranean

Capri is my favourite Island in the Mediterranean. I visited the Island for the first time when I was seventeen years old, and I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t do a great deal of research before my travels back then, so I had never heard of the Island.

I was happily surprised by everything that the Island had to offer; from sparkling turquoise waters and cobblestoned beaches, to soaring mountains and astonishing views.

The Island is divided into two sections; Capri and Anacapri. The majority of tourists visit Capri alone, but it is worth the trip over to Anacapri.

Capri is infamous for its beautiful Blue Grotto. You can float into a shimmering ocean cave full of reflecting blue waters, that project their illuminating colors around every wall and corner.

Capri is also famous for the Faraglioni rocks. These are three craggy rocks that shoot out of the ocean, and can be seen from many angles off the Island. Their view provides fantastic photo opportunities, and tourists flock from miles around just for a chance to see them.

Capri is definitely an Island worth visiting in the Mediterranean.

Lesvos Islands of the Mediterranean

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I made a quick day trip to Lesvos while I was in Turkey. Lesvos is a Greek Island, just off the Western coast of Aegean Turkey.

It is the third-largest of the Greek islands, yet lesser known than its popular brothers to the South. From the sea, the island appears to be a large olive grove speckled with white-washed houses under once orange roofs, paled by the strong Greek sun.

The differences between Greece and Turkey are quite noticeable, even though they are so close together. Geographically, it is just like Turkey in every way. Culturally, it screams Greece, and there seem to be Greek flags everywhere you look.

You can take a stroll through the town where the boat docks, or head into the nearby countryside. It’s impossible to be disappointed by a trip to this lovely Mediterranean Island.

Princes Islands Islands of the Mediterranean

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The Sea of Marmara is home to The Prince’s Islands, just South of Istanbul. The Islands may lay within viewing distance of the thriving Turkish Metropolis, but being on the Island is like being a world away.

Life is slower on this Turkish Island, and everyone seems to move at a calm pace with a friendly energy.

When I visited the Islands, we took a horse-drawn carriage ride around one of the four islands, and stopped for a picnic beneath the trees. There were a lot of people visiting the Island, but everyone was able to spread out among the forested areas, or explore the little town at their own pace.

The views of sprawling Istanbul in the distance were unbeatable, and the views of the sea in the opposite direction were even better. There was a thin mist of intense heat in the air, but the ocean breezes kept us cool. The delicious Turkish ice cream didn’t hurt, either.

Mallorca Islands of the Mediterranean

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When I was in University, I took a class called “Catalan Culture”. I spent my year learning about Catalonia, and the other regions that speak the Catalan language. I always remember wishing that I could travel to Mallorca, and experience the Nation that became Autonomous from the mainland.

I still plan to visit the island one day, and would love to explore the whole thing. I would be looking for car hire in Mallorca, because I would have a lot of ground to cover. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and offers a lot to look at.

The mountains provide cooler temperatures in the North, and the plains provide typical Mediterranean heat in the South. It’s great to visit the island at any time of year, because the weather is almost always pleasant.

The Islands appears to cater to the needs of any traveler, whether they want to spend a week at the beach, or get away from it all by camping in nature. Mallorca seems like a seaside paradise, and I can’t wait to travel there.

Cyprus Islands of the Mediterranean

 Islands of the Mediterranean

Cyprus is another Island that I have not been to, but would absolutely love to visit. When I was younger, I always considered taking a year abroad at the University of Cyprus.

Like Turkey, I find it to be that perfect melded combination of European and Middle Eastern culture. It’s one of those places that you can pop in for a drink at a beach bar or smoke a little shisha, all the while being surrounded by a rich history in architecture and ruins.

The Island lays in the far east of the Mediterranean, surrounded by Turkey to the North, Lebanon to the East, and Israel and Egypt to the distant South.

Cyprus might not be a first choice for many travelers, but it offers enough to make even the most unimpressed traveler be blown away.

What is your favourite Mediterranean Island?

 

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5 Responses to “Islands of the Mediterranean”

  1. Doc Wends
    July 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I just loved these photos you got Seattle! I agree with you, i love Capri and also, my favorite, Mallorca. I have never been to any of those but on my planned Europe jaunt, i will make sure I will. Such an inspiring photos you got!

    • Seattle
      July 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

      Thanks! The last two (Mallorca and Cyprus) aren’t my photos, because as mentioned, I haven’t been there yet. But, they link to their original source :]
      Good luck on your jaunt!!

  2. Born27
    July 16, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    What a beautiful scenery and it is really captivating. You can feel the fresh air and it feels so relaxing. Thanks for sharing these stunning photos with us and i’m looking forward on your next post!
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  3. Stu, UK
    May 3, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Have you ever considered a cruise around the Med? Or doesn’t it suit your travel style?

  4. Grecia
    November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I keep telling people that Greece is more than Athens and Thessaloniki and that they shouldn’t leave Greece without visiting 2 ore 3 islands. So glad i found your post.

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