Living in the Mediterranean is a privilege. It is for the climate, for the beaches, for the gastronomy, for the lifestyle … It is normal that millions of tourists want to soak up their essence during the summer, as it is also normal for the wealthiest to extend their vacations to stay and live definitely.
Feeling the Mediterranean is always 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 its immense coastline that includes small seas such as the Balearic Islands or Liguria.
1. Cadaqués (Spain)
It is one of the most beautiful villages 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 could be inspired by his beauty to give free rein to his creativity.
2. Collioure (France)
One does not 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 gift for the eyes, as is the fortification surrounding the municipality.
3. Cinque Terre (Italy)
It is not a town, but there are five towns of which all Italians boast. Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola occupy about 10 kilometers of coastline that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. You will be surprised by the color of their houses, which have adapted to the topography of the land, and you will not want to stop walking through its narrow, cobbled streets.
4. Bonifacio (France)
Bonifacio is a beautiful village of Corsica located south of the island. It offers privileged views of the archipelago of the Lavezzi Islands 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.
5. Cassis (France)
Located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Cassis is a charming fishing village that invites you to visit squares and streets that deserve a photograph because of their colorful facades. Also, 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.
6. Portofino (Italy)
An hour’s drive from Cinque Terre is Portofino, a fishing village on the Italian Riviera that is known for its seafood restaurants as well as the luxury shops there. It is common to see yachts docking in their port, which is undoubtedly the most glamorous of all of Italy. Hence, it is not cheap to stay in the few hotels there.
7. Menton (France)
Menton, like Cassis, is also part of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. It is only 15 minutes from Monaco, and it is known as the city garden and the lemon city, although we could also consider it as a large town. Its cultural and historical heritage impresses, as do the views that can be seen from the highest points.
8. Sidi Bou Said (Tunisia)
Sidi Bou Said, which is undoubtedly one of the most touristic of Tunisia. It is 20 kilometers from the capital, and one reminds you a lot of Chaouen, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Morocco. More than anything because of the blue and white of their houses, which seen in photos makes you want to go there multiply. Its cobbled streets are a claim as powerful as its terraces, from which you can contemplate the sea and much more.
9. Fornells (Spain)
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 villages in the Mediterranean. Also, you will not have problems to find a restaurant in which to enjoy the best fish in the Balearic Islands.
10. Pollença (Spain)
It is worth getting lost in its steep streets to visit this Mallorcan village that is a few kilometers from the Port of Pollença. Its main square is full of life, and its history speaks 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.