10 Experiential Explorations in the Med
May 2017 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
The Mediterranean is a region where authentic experiences, enriching excursions and unforgettable travel experiences make your vacation something unique and extra special. Take a look at 10 of the best experiential explorations for Mediterranean immersion.
Go back in time as you roam the streets of once vibrant towns and explore ancient ruins. Watching archaeologists at work uncovering the past is an amazing experience. Pompeii and Herculaneum, Perge, Ephesus, the Acropolis, the Palace of Knossos and Neolithic Khirokitia are just a few of the best.
Wine Tours & Tastings
Across the Med, vineyards date back centuries and wine making is a tradition so not surprising some fabulous vintages are found here. Enjoy everything from Spanish Cava to the wines of Tuscany; French reds to Greek whites made in the first wine region in Europe. Tours and tastings put in touch with this traditional wine scene.
Local Markets & Products
Mediterranean markets feature a wonderful variety of fresh produce and artists’ creations. Get in touch with local life as you explore some amazing stalls. In Palermo take a market tour that ties in Sicily’s history with the market fare. Barcelona’s La Boqueria on La Rambla is one colorful market not to be missed!
With stunning islands and dramatic coastlines, the Med is famous for its beaches, from long stretches of sand to secluded coves near sleepy villages. Locals relax here as well as visitors and enjoy beachside dining. So head for the beach to swim or beachcomb and don’t be surprised to find topless sunbathing in this region.
What better place for foodies than the Med! Culinary excursions include market strolls to select fresh produce before learning the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine at a cooking class. Half day excursions, extended culinary focused vacations and Med cruises with a food and wine theme; there’s a lot for foodies to choose from!
Art & Architecture
Again you are in the right place to explore some of the world’s top galleries and iconic buildings. From the Prada in Madrid to the Vatican and the Parthenon, this is one enriching destination for artistic inspiration! The mesmerizing selection of art and architecture will astound you every day of your Med vacation.
Cultural experiences put you in touch with the heart of a nation. In Spain, don’t miss a riveting Flamenco show to be intoxicated with rhythm and dance. Flamenco classes are also available for visitors who really want to understand this legendary art form. A must see that creates an exciting lunch or dinner show.
Relaxation is a major ingredient of la dolce vita and Siesta gives you time to savor life on a midday break. In many places shops will close and a peaceful silence prevails in the early afternoon. Take time off to relax. You’ll find the laid back Mediterranean lifestyle refreshing and therapeutic.
Greek Island Sunsets
The stunning sunsets are just one of the many wonderful features of the Greek Islands. White washed buildings glint as the sun sets in a blaze of color. While Santorini and Mykonos get a lot of attention for their sunset views, you can enjoy this natural wonder on other islands too. Also, don’t miss the incredible sunrise.
Tapas to Tzatziki
Cuisine is a major draw to the Mediterranean. Sampling local delicacies and wine is a huge part of an enjoyable vacation in this region. Take time to find restaurants that are the favorites of the locals for a truly authentic experience. This is an immersive experience you’ll want to take time to savor!