Mykonos Holds a Special Place in Our Hearts – Find Out Why!

Are you thinking about heading to another Mediterranean beach? So are we! On this virtual tour we had to cover Mykonos. This is a highly popular destination in the Greek islands — the Cyclades, to be exact.

When we say that it’s popular, trust us — it is definitely popular like you wouldn’t imagine! You’re going to find a wild mix of things to do. Loud nightlife, plenty of things to buy and other activities are what life in Mykonos tends to be about. This island is designed to be as pleasurable to tourists as it can possibly be. So if you’re trying to plan the best Med beach holiday you can, you definitely want to think about Mykonos.

So, when do you really need to book your trip? Aside from booking as early as possible, you want to make sure that you travel around mid-May to June. You can also go from September through mid-October. You’re still going to get some nice weather, but you’ll avoid the July and August times where the tourists just swarm the island and take over everything. When the demand is that high, the prices tend to follow suit.

If you’re looking for a gay-friendly destination, Mykonos is definitely where you want to be. Of course, even if you’re not part of the gay community Mykonos has something for you too — it really can get pretty wild!

If you want to check out the island in full, you have to check out the main communities. Chora and Ano Mera are the top two, followed by Ornos, Agios Ioannis, and Agios Stefanos. Each little community has plenty of places to stay as well as things to eat and drink.

This is not just an island of “things to do” — there’s plenty of amazing scenery that’s just hard to find anywhere else. So if you’re going to step into this part of the world, you really owe it to yourself to check out everything that you really can. A good digital camera is really a must, and we would even say a video camera is going to be essential as well. It’s just up to you.

While Greek is the official language of Mykonos and the other Greek Islands, you won’t have any trouble getting by on just English or any other foreign language. The local residents have gotten good at understanding all of the different languages of the tourists that flock to Mykonos year after year.

Public transport is the order of the day when it comes to this island, but there’s nothing wrong with renting a car. You will need to make sure that you add this to your holiday budget, because it can get pricey depending on demand.

When it comes to the beaches of Mykonos, you will need to be aware that many tourists do sunbathe at least topless. Complete nudity is frowned upon, but it can indeed happen. So if you have never been to a Med beach before, you might want to watch out for this. Just don’t stare — the “European” style of sunbathing is considered completely natural!

Given that this is an island you’re going to find plenty of beach to choose from. But don’t just take our word for it — check it out for yourself!

Costa Brava Provides a Great Deal of Character

Checking out Costa Brava for the first time? Don’t worry — we have you covered. This is a region that has plenty of small beach towns and even more beaches than you could really shake a stick at.

We’ve given you Taormina, Selinunte, and even Patara, but you might bee looking for a little more excitement. That brings us right back to Spain, which has plenty of things to see and do as always.

Costa Brava refers to a lot of smaller cities that are waiting for you to explore. Begur, Blanes, Calella de Palafrugell, Lloret de Mar, Palamos, and even Tossa de Mar. We think that Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar are two great cities to start with, if you’re really interested in some nice luxury. Both are resort towns that will have a wide range of amenities to enjoy.

Let’s talk about the region in general.

Shopping is a way of life in this area, and you’ll find tons and tons of fashionable shops to check out. There are internet cafes everywhere so if you’re a real big Internet junkie you’ll be able to get your fix. There’s also a big casino in the area that will have most of the casino games that you might be used to right there.

There’s also a huge water park that attracts a lot of tourists from all over Europe. You can find free transit that’ll take you all around the water part.

One thing that you don’t want to do at this beach collection of towns is try to rent your own car. There’s no need for it, and parking is very expensive anyway. You’re a lot better off either walking form place to place or checking out public transit options.

This is a playground for people with money, but there are still some budget opportunities for you to check out. You should never feel shut out of such a wonderful place, especially when there are still deals to be had.

What you have to decide for yourself is whether or not you’re going to plunge in and enjoy yourself. There are a lot of flights into these areas, and there are plenty of package deals to be had if you’re really into that sort of thing. It’s really never too late to have a good time — on the contrary. This is an area where people have fun all year round. However, if you really want to enjoy it, you’re going to need to make sure that you book your holiday time as early as possible. The area gets flooded with tourists as we mentioned earlier, and it can be hard to pick out the top spots at the last minute if you’re not careful! Have a great time!

The Beaches of Patara Reveal Ruins of Times Long Gone!

So, you want to head off to the next Mediterranean beach adventure, eh? Well, we have just the destination for you to go to! The beaches of Patara in Turkey are waiting for you, and they have plenty of ancient secrets to reveal to you. Sounds interesting, huh? It truly is — so let’s get down to the ins and outs of this set of beaches, okay? Okay!

Patara is interesting because it’s actually the birthplace of St. Nicolas, the 4th century bishop that is better known as Santa Claus. This is not the only claim to fame that Patara possesses, of course. It’s got the temple of Apollo, even though there are only a few ruins of the grand old temple scattered around the area.

The beaches here are truly a site to belong. The sand is a nice bright white, and the beach is about 20km long — that’s a lot of beach!

However, this is another village where you won’t expect a lot of amenities or really many things to do other than sight see. You will need to make sure that you bring things to entertain yourself. This is a village that’s all about getting away and then recharging your batteries again, much like it was in Selinunte as well as Taormina.

The Turkish Mediterranean actually provides an interesting picture into a different side of life than what you might be used to from looking at the Italian and even the Greek side of things.

Even though there isn’t a whole lot to do, you will still find many symbols of traditional village life. So if you’re a big history fan, you’ll definitely appreciate being able to see just about everything that can be seen here in a rather short amount of time. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

What we really like most about the beaches of Patara is that development is frowned upon. There are plenty of people that really like the way Patara is right now, and they really don’t want to change anything about the village at all. So if you’re one of those people that always likes to check our barely touched areas of the world, Patara is definitely the way you want to go.

Getting into the country might be a bit tricky, as you will most likely have to fly into Istanbul and then take public transit (buses, mostly) to get to Patara. However, once you really step into the village and enjoy the peace and quiet it’ll be like you were meant to be there all along!

The Beaches of Selinunte Provide a Cheery Holiday Spot!

If you were already pleased by Taormina and you want more, we have another destination that’s bound to please you even more: Selinunte!

Now, it’s important to know that if you decide to go with Selinunte over other Mediterranean beaches, you’re not going to have a loud party atmosphere waiting for you. This is where people go to rest and recharge. So if you need a lot of nightlife, you might want to try to go with somewhere else. We think that Selinunte is great for people that not only want to rest, but they want a piece of ancient history. Remember that this entire region has been fought over by a wide variety of forces over the centuries, and their influence is definitely left behind.

The area isn’t completely ancient, though — there are modern touches. You will be able to check out all of the archeological parks with an electric bus, and there are even more temples around the area that are perfect for visiting.

This is the site for the ancient city of Selnius, and you can see the ruins everywhere. The complex is huge, and you have your pick of gorgeous views of the coastline around you.

Some of the temples have been rebuilt, and they’re perfect for navigating on your own. There are some small touring operations that have helped tourists check out the area a bit better, but it’s up to you if you want the guided tour. Some people like a little more adventure than just that.

There’s also the Acropolis to check out — the former city has huge walls that were designed to push back the forces of antiquity.

During the high tourist season, there are plenty of restaurants that are open with a lot of local Italian fare. However, if you want to travel off season, you need to make sure that you do some research ahead of time to make sure that there is going to be places to eat as well as sleep when times are a bit slower. Many hospitality workers actually take time off during this part of year to go out and enjoy life — not a bad idea. After all, everyone has to take a holiday sometime!

Are you trying to check out more than the beaches at Selinunte? There’s Palermo, Mazara del Vallo, Marsala and even Trapani. You’re in for a real treat if you come to this region.

Even though Selinunte doesn’t have as many amenities on the whole as say, Taormina, we had to include it on our tour for a few reasons. For starters, there’s nothing wrong with just resting. We all have moments in life where we really need to just sit back and let life continue to pass on around us. Remember these moments of rest and then consider where you want to go next!

Check Out the Beaches of Taormina!

Looking into Mediterranean beaches is good when you really want to go with a mix of the classic as well as the modern. These beaches have been around for hundreds of years, but they’re starting to experience a higher level of popularity than what they enjoyed in the past. So if you really want to get away somewhere excellent for your next holiday, this is definitely the place to be.

Since we’re starting a whole series on beaches in the Med, let’s start with Italy of course. More specifically, we just have to go with Sicily and talk about the beaches of Taormina. If you really want to enjoy yourself for your next trip, this is a great place to start.

So, what really makes this beach so special? Plenty! There’s a lot more to do than lie on the beach. If you’re interested in water activities, you’ll find plenty of those as well. Even in the technical “winter months”, you can still find people wind-surfing, sailing, fishing, and even scuba diving! Canoeing, snorkeling, and jogging on the beach are also common.

If you want to step away from the beach, you also have golf. Believe it or not, many Sicilians are very much into golf, especially as tourists have begun demanding golf courses. This is one of the most beautiful place sin the world, and playing golf is a pleasant experience no matter how you look at it.

Taormina is so small that you don’t even need a car to explore it. This means that you don’t have to worry about being rushed around the way you might in other places. You will find plenty of great shopping portals to check out, at prices that are a lot more affordable than what you might expect from an Italian city. There are also a lot of handmade products to choose from, like antiques and ceramics.

Staying active is going to be really easy in a place like Taormina. Even though it doesn’t offer a lot of nightlife, it does offer a way to get away from the hustle and bustle of regular life. You just have to make sure that you start looking at the things that you actually want to do.

While we’re on the subject of things to do in Taormina, the truth is that you still need to get the basics out of the way. You need to make sure that you know where to stay as well.

You have a lot of choices here, from traditional hotels that are done in a small scale, all the way up to vacation rentals. You really need to try to check out a vacation rental if you really want to experience some high quality living while on holiday, but if you really want the traditional hotel structure, you can have that too.

Overall, this is definitely a great place to visit, so why not check it out for yourself?