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Top Mediterranean Islands

By Viator, January 2018

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The Mediterranean islands around Italy, Cyprus, Greece, and Spain boast soft-sand beaches, bright sunshine, chic beach resorts, historic sites, and hidden coves—attracting adventure-lovers and sun-seekers in equal measure. Whether for sunset partying or seaside relaxation, here are a few of the Mediterranean’s best islands.

ITALY

Sicily
The biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is perhaps most famous as the home of mighty Mt. Etna—an active volcano. The island also boasts UNESCO World Heritage–listed sites including the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valle dei Templi, and the Villa Romana del Casale.

Sardinia
There are signs of civilization on Sardinia dating back to the Byzantine era, and the island offers plenty to history-hunters. But it’s also great for hikers and trekkers, with parks and reserves including the Asinara National Park and the Gennargentu National Park to explore.
 
SPAIN

Mallorca
With rich culture, remote peaks, rocky coves, and warm seas, Mallorca is a stunning and deservedly popular tourist hotspot. Historic highlights include Bellver Castle, the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, and the subterranean Caves of Drach.
 
Ibiza 
Ibiza ranks among the most popular of Spain’s party islands and attracts bass-loving revelers from across the world to its famous super-clubs. But away from the bright, neon lights, a world of outdoor adventure awaits. Cycle along sweeping coastal roads, explore the shoreline by sightseeing boat, or enjoy diverse watersports like sailing and windsurfing.
  
GREECE
 
Crete
The largest and busiest of all of Greece’s islands, Crete boasts a history dating back as far as the Minoan civilization—further than anywhere else in Europe. Admire top attractions including Koules Fortress and the Palace of Knossos, hike rugged trails through Samaria Gorge, or relax and soak up the sunshine on beautiful Marathi beach.

Corfu
Corfu, one of Greece’s Ionian Islands, beckons tourists to its clear waters and beautiful beaches. Olive groves and vineyards line the rolling hillsides, and you’ll find architectural relics dating back to antiquity dotting the rugged landscape.
 
Santorini
A popular honeymoon destination, the Greek island of Santorini offers white-sand beaches, soaring cliffs, and crystal-clear waters. Destination highlights include the funicular ride to the cliff tops and the historic town of Oia, the steaming volcano caldera, and the Cretan hot springs—where you can bathe in the soothing waters.
 
CYPRUS
The island country of Cyprus is famous for its bays and beaches, but step off the sand to explore a little further, and you’ll discover an island of rich culture, colourful history, and spectacular scenery. Admire preserved ruins from the Ottoman, Roman, and Venetian eras; sample local delicacies such as haloumi—an unripened, brined cheese; and embrace the great outdoors on scub

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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Buffet and Drinks, Santorini, null
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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Buffet and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 152 Reviews

Cruise around the postcard-perfect island of Santorini on this 5-hour, luxury catamaran tour. Choose from a daytime or sunset cruise, then take in stunning ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.49
Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, Sailing Trips
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 214 Reviews

A full day sightseeing tour visiting almost the whole island, including the most significant places of Santorini. The excavations of Akrotiri with professional ...  Read more

Location: Fira, Greece
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.88
Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania, Catania, Full-day Tours
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

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This full-day tour goes from Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and characteristic town of Taormina in the afternoon. In the first ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.13
Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea, Taormina, Full-day Tours
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Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

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Explore the volcanic islands of Panarea and Stromboli in the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago, on a day trip from Taormina. After traveling by motorboat to ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.66
Boat Tours La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau, Sardinia, Day Trips
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Boat Tours La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau

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Maddalena Arcipelago in Sardinia is one of the world's best kept secrets. Daily boat tours will take you around the fantastic islands of La Maddalena, a ...  Read more

Location: Palau, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.33
Private Custom Tour: Corfu in a Day, Corfu, Day Cruises
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Private Custom Tour: Corfu in a Day

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

See the Corfu you want to see on this private half- or full-day tour. Select three or six attractions or activities, and then relax as your professional driver ...  Read more

Location: Corfu, Greece
Duration: Varies

From USD $70.40
Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina, Taormina, Custom Private Tours
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Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 65 Reviews

Cook a 3-course Sicilian meal at a Restaurant in central Taormina, and then savor the dishes with samples of local wine! The 5-hour cooking class is led by a ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.48
Full Day Tour to Spinalonga Island with BBQ Lunch, Heraklion, Cooking Classes
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Full Day Tour to Spinalonga Island with BBQ Lunch

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Take a boat ride to the island of Spinalonga. This former leper colony includes preserved houses and churches, and a strong Venetian influence in the form of ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.91
Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch, Heraklion, Day Trips
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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

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Join this 8-hour guided excursion through the Cretan mountains and discover the wonders of the Minoan Route. Stop at historic sites including an ancient Roman ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.91
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini, Santorini, Cultural Tours
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

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Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and discover Minoan excavations, the island’s ancient capital and the famous Oia sunset on a full-day tour! With a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.77

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