Explore the Mediterranean’s top destinations for unique experiences
Why is it that the Mediterranean travel destinations constantly make it to top on any discerning travellers’ bucket list? Is it the sea, the sun, the sand, or maybe the culture, the culinary experiences, the vibe, or the sense of security? Whatever the mix of reasons, the Mediterranean offers fantastic holiday destinations. We’ve created the ultimate list for your next holiday, selecting the best destinations offering striking postcard views, history, food, beaches, partying and shopping opportunities.
My Private Villas’ Team
AMBROSIA – POSITANO, ITALY
Positano is undoubtedly Amalfi Coast’s most photographed and upscale town. Along with a host of refined restaurants and designer boutiques, offering a great culinary and shopping experience, Positano also offers an unforgettable visual experience. Travellers can revel at the beautiful kaleidoscope of houses tumbling down to the sea, coloured in the most fascinating hues of sun-bleached peach, terracotta, and pink. There’s no better point to take in the famous views than from the villa Ambrosia’s terrace which offers unsurpassed views of the iconic scenery.
Perhaps one of the best destinations for a cultural immersion, is the fascinating Sicily which offers a range of historic landmarks for discovery, and perhaps Italy’s best food. Travellers can explore the Phoenician ruins, or some notable ancient Greek cities, including Syracuse where ruins emerge out of fragrant citrus orchards. Alternatively, there are also more recent baroque cities to discover, including Catania – Sicily’s more youthful town boasting many lively bars and a joyful atmosphere. Villa Aranjaya is a perfect starting base for guests who wish to explore the region, being situated close to the major attractions, yet offering complete privacy, and a host of luxury facilities.
The Mediterranean’s top rated romantic destination is the scenic Santorini which offers the most spectacular sunsets. The best way to discover Santorini’s famous architecture and laid-back vibe is on two wheels, roaming the windy roads by scooter, or hiking from Fira to Oia. Once finished exploring, you can relax at the local tavernas serving fresh seafood with a generous side dish of wonderful views. Situated on Caldera’s highest point, villa Erossea is your best choice to enjoy the spectacular sunsets with only your chosen friends and family joining in the unforgettable moments.
Best for partying is Greece’s popular kid, the bustling Mykonos which has over 50 beaches, each with its unique vibe, and numerous restaurants and clubs, so clearly, a holiday on this charming Cycladic island is all about the se, sun, fun, and culinary delicacies. Some of the best things to do in Mykonos include but are not limited to exploring remote beaches, dining at the local taverns serving fresh and delicious food, learning to windsurf and exploring the coves around Mykonos during the day, and then as the night draws in partying till dawn at some of the famous clubs in Mykonos town, which is only a few kilometres away from the luxurious seafront villa Casa di Mare.
While Marbella is often defined by its posh nightclubs, and beach bars, mainly found around the Golden Mile and Puerto Banus, Marbella offers more than just partying opportunities. It has one of the most beautiful Andalusian old towns with a central square, Plaza de los Naranjos filled with fragrant orange trees and with places where you can enjoy delicious tapas. You can also marvel at Salvador Dali’s finest collection of sculptures on the Avenida del Mar without having to pay a dime. Whether holidaying in Marbella for partying, shopping, or for the cultural attractions, no visit to Marbella would be complete without you tasting its wonderful seafood and more at some Michelin starred restaurants. After you’re done with all the shopping, partying, and exploring, all you have to is to retreat to the privacy of a luxury villa, such as Mirador, which is situated in an exclusive gated community, offering great views and deluxe facilities.
Follow in the footsteps of Brigitte Bardot and discover the French Riviera’s crown jewel, Saint Tropez. Once there, you should not miss sunbathing on the famous beaches, indulging in the French culinary delicacies, walking the coastal path around the village for spectacular views, and partying (but don’t forget to book your place early on). For post-clubbing relaxation we can only highly recommend villa Victoria, whose team of staff will look after your needs ensuring that you can then start your next day relaxing on the beach, which is only a few minutes’ walk away from the villa.