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5 Mediterranean Island Escapes

Sep 22, 2015
Category: Europe, General

Exploring the Mediterranean!

The Mediterranean is awash with stunning beaches, intriguing culture and some of the prettiest islands in the world. From the Balearics to the historic island of Cyprus, holidaymakers flock to the Med’s islands for their hot summers and mouth-watering cuisine.

Here we explore some of the most beautiful and intriguing locations throughout the Mediterranean with some picturesque 360 panoramas and Geo coordinates so you can use Google’s excellent maps to discover them for yourself.

Please Note: 360 panoramas / Photo Spheres generally only show up on desktop browsers.


Blue Lagoon on Comino

blue lagoon

Click on the image above to see a 360 degree panorama on Google Maps of the Blue Lagoon

The little sister of Malta, Comino, is a haven for day trippers and snorkelers with its crystal clear waters and soft white sands. The islands is virtually uninhabited and with no cars it’s a truly natural retreat. At around 3.5 km square it offers fantastic walking trails rewarding walkers with sweeping views across its picturesque Blue Lagoon. St Mary’s Castle is an unmissable sight on Comino, built in 1618, the views afforded from the top make a fantastic photo opportunity! Geo Coordinates: 36.013878, 14.322939

Valletta waterfront


Malta’s Capital City Valletta is bursting with culture and intrigue

A renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valletta is dripping with archaeological intrigue from the Grand Harbour, overlooked by the Fortina Spa Resort, to the quaint cafes lining the waterfront. Explore the cities magnificent bastions that give an insight into Malta’s naval past or enjoy wonderful performances at the elegant Manoel Theatre. Known as the “Home of The Knights of Malta” St John’s Co-Cathedral is a true jewel in Valletta’s Baroque crown rich with artistic beauty. Geo Coordinates: 35.896829, 14.515782


Tren de Soller


Click on the image above for a full 360 panorama of the fantastic town of Soller

Running an attractive route through the Sierra de Alfàbia mountain range the Tren Soller has been operating since 1912 providing a picturesque journey from Palma to Soller. Climb aboard to experience this timeless route weaving through deep ravines and stunning countryside before arriving at Soller. Located in a lush valley of orange groves the laid-back town of Soller is perfect for relaxing in the sunshine at the Plaza Constitucion with an ice-cool glass of freshly squeezed local orange juice. Geo Coordinates: 39.576510, 2.653719

Mondragó Natural Park


Google Maps is a great way to explore the Mondrago National Park. Click on the image above to see more.

A visit to the Mondrago Natural Park is a must for any holidaymaker to Majorca and is nearby to Marriott Son Antem. Cala d’en Borgit Beach is a hidden gem within the park blessed with clear swimming waters it’s ideal for soaking up the sunshine and snorkelling around the rocky edges of the beach. Mondrago Park is also home to an abundance of bird life, as many as 60 different species, bird watchers flock here specially to glimpse the Osprey. Geo Coordinates: 39.352193, 3.188749

Cuevas Del Drach


Take a tour of the Cuevas Del Drach by clicking on the image above!

For a truly unique experience holidaymakers should explore the Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo on the East coast of the island. Guided tours take you on a journey through this intriguing underground world, making their first appearance in the middle ages, they extend for almost 1,200 metres! An unforgettable experience is found later in the tour where visitors are taken on a boat ride to listen to the wonderful sounds of the underground classical concert.Geo Coordinates: 39.535845, 3.330179



ancient ruins

Click on the image above to see more great images and photo spheres on Google Maps of Knossos

Serving as the capital of Minoan Crete, Knossos is a remarkable ancient palace dating back to 1700BC and provides a fascinating insight into Ancient Greece. One of the most famous Greek Myths is the story of the Minotaur and the labyrinth which is said to have been played out below the palace of Knossos. Come and explore King Minos’s palace around 30 minutes west from the Village Heights Golf Resort, but be careful not to bump into the Minotaur along the way! Geo Coordinates: 35.299366, 25.162372



Click the image above to see more landscapes and photo spheres of Elafonisi on Google Maps.

A favourite amongst day trippers Elafonisi is a must-see during your time in Crete. Sweeping vistas of pink coral sand make this one of the most sensational locations in Crete and the warm lagoon waters are perfect for swimming. The unspoiled beaches give a sense of wilderness and are backed by pretty Juniper trees. For more information about Elafonisi head to its website Geo Coordinates: 35.269418, 23.531670

Chania Old Town


Chania offers some great waterfront dining. See more on Google Maps by clicking the image above.

Wander through the streets of Chania admiring the eclectic mix of Venetian and Ottoman architecture as you go. Settle down for lunch by the waterside at the Venetian Harbour where restored mansions become restaurants and bars for you to indulge within. Take a guided tour through the town to discover the melting pot of cultures that Chania truly is or venture into the intriguing shops. Geo Coordinates: 35.513902, 24.018152


Nissi Beach

sea views

As great as the photo spheres and images of Nissi Beach are, they won’t spoil your enjoyment! Click on the image above to see more.

A visit to Cyprus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world famous Nissi Beach. This Blue Flag beach boasts 500m of white sandy beach and sparkling water. Walk out through the shallow waters to reach the islet, which the beach takes its name from, to admire sweeping views across the bay. Numerous bars and cafes line the beach and are perfect for grabbing a refreshing drink after enjoying the warm gaze of the Cypriot sunshine. Geo Coordinates: 34.988091, 33.96896

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

ancient ruins

The image above links through to a photo sphere of Kato Paphos

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a wonderful collection of intriguing historical artefacts that mustn’t be missed and is only 10 minutes from the Paradise Kings Club! A highlight is the Byzantine Castle known as Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns), destroyed by an earthquake in 1222, it is named after the numerous columns dotted across the site. The Pafos Odeon lies within the heart of the park dating back to the 2nd Century and was once alive with the sound of music and performance. Geo Coordinates: 34.760167, 32.407322

Buyuk Han


The Buyuk Han! You know what to do to see some more!

Considered one of the finest buildings in all of Cyprus the Buyuk Han is an impressive Caravanserai (roadside inn) built by the Ottomans in 1571. Visitors now are welcomed with home-made wine and live traditional music whilst folklore dance shows and even traditional wedding ceremonies take place within the walls of Buyuk Han. Geo Coordinates: 35.176281, 33.362543


Ibiza Old Town

town view

Ibiza Old Town is a delightful area for you to explore

Explore Ibiza’s old town (Dalt Vila – Upper Town) and experience over 2,500 years of history and culture within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the narrow cobbled streets stopping off at the unmissable bastions to admire the sweeping coastal views from these elevated vantage points. Sip on chilled cocktails by the old port and admire the glamourous yachts that visit the island under half an hour from the Aldea Bonsai resort. Geo Coordinates: 38.909684, 1.439036

Formentera & Cala Comte

clear waters

The crystal clear waters of Formentera are perfect for a refreshing swim

A true paradise is found at Formentera. Take a leisurely boat trip from Ibiza over to the unspoiled island of Formentera, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 to protect its natural beauty. Named as the number 1 beach in the whole of Spain and collecting TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice (2015) Award this is a location you don’t want to miss. Geo Coordinates: 38.693180, 1.489420

Awarded TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Award (2015) the Cala Comte beach features in the top 5 beaches in Spain and is regarded by some as the prettiest beach on the island. Crystal clear waters meet soft sand to create a haven for couples and families alike in the Southwest of Ibiza, don’t forget to stick around for sunset as the views are unforgettable! Geo Coordinates: 38.962885, 1.221063

Es Vedra


The magnificent Es Vedra island is surrounded in myths and legends

Surrounded by fascinating myths and legends the Es Vedra Island is a must for any trip to Ibiza! Voted as the number 1 attraction of Ibiza by TripAdvisor and awarded a Certificate of Excellence (2015) it is supposedly the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis and visitors experience spiritual peace on arrival. Geo Coordinates: 38.867346, 1.197904

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