Living in the Mediterranean is a privilege. It is because of the climate, because of the beaches, because of the gastronomy, because of the lifestyle … It is normal that millions of tourists want to soak up its essence during the summer, as it is also normal for the wealthiest to extend their vacations to stay and live. definitely.
Feeling Mediterranean is feeling good, and that is something that one can appreciate in towns like the ones I mention below, which in my humble opinion are the most beautiful of all its immense coastline that encompasses small seas such as the Balearic Islands or Liguria.
It is one of the most beautiful towns in Catalonia, the place where the painter Salvador Dalí spent many years of his life, which does not surprise me at all considering that he was inspired by its beauty to unleash his creativity.
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It doesn’t take long to realize that Collioure is one of the most picturesque villages in France. It is in the department of Perpignan, not too far from Catalonia, and is known for being the place where Antonio Machado took refuge during the Civil War. Its pastel-colored facades are a feast for the eyes, as is the fortification that surrounds the municipality.
Cinque Terre (Italy)
It is not one town, but there are five towns that all Italians boast about. Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Manarola occupy about 10 kilometers of coastline that in 1997 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . You will be surprised by the color of its houses, which have been adapted to the topography of the land, and you will not want to stop strolling through its narrow and cobbled streets.
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Bonifacio is a beautiful Corsican town located in the south of the island. It offers privileged views of the Lavezzi Islands archipelago and is made up of numerous fortifications. Its heritage speaks for itself of its history, something that can be appreciated from any point, especially from the old town.
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Located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Cassis is a charming fishing village that invites you to explore squares and streets that are well worth a photograph because of their colorful facades. In addition, you can have fun on its terraces and relax on its beautiful beaches, so any plan is welcome. In fact, the most beautiful beach in Europe is in Cassis.
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An hour’s drive from the Cinque Terre is Portofino, a fishing village on the Italian Riviera that is known as much for its seafood restaurants as for the luxury shops there. It is common to see yachts docking in its port, which is undoubtedly the most glamorous in all of Italy. Hence, it is not cheap to stay in the few hotels there are.
Menton, like Cassis, is also part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It is only 15 minutes from Monaco and is known as the garden city and the lemon city, although we could also consider it as a large town. Its cultural and historical heritage is impressive, as do the views that can be seen from the highest points.
Sidi Bou Said (Tunisia)
In this article I could not miss the opportunity to add a town from Africa like Sidi Bou Said, which is undoubtedly one of the most touristic in Tunisia. It is 20 kilometers from the capital and it reminds one a lot of Chaouen , which is one of the most beautiful towns in Morocco . More than anything because of the blue and white of their houses, which seen in photos makes your desire to go there multiply. Its cobbled streets are as powerful a claim as its terraces, from which you can contemplate the sea and much more.
In Menorca there is a town that has stolen my heart. The white houses of Fornells and its relaxed atmosphere make it one of the most incredible towns in the Mediterranean. In addition, you will have no problem finding a restaurant where you can enjoy the best fish in the Balearic Islands.
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It is worth getting lost through its steep alleys to explore this Mallorcan town that is a few kilometers from Puerto de Pollença . Its main square is full of life and its history tells of the arrival of the Talaiots more than 3,000 years ago. Of course, what is most talked about is the Romans, who left their mark with buildings such as El Pont Romà, whose objective was to facilitate the entry of water into the municipality.
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