Summer is the most popular season for visiting some Mediterranean island destinations. Destinations that combine sun, sea and sand with some amazing landscape visuals. Greece, is one Mediterranean country that is able to deliver all these, and then some. Santorini and the rest of the Cyclades promise the visitor some truly phenomenal moments, whether they are traveling as a couple, as a family or as a group of friends. Of course, Greece is a summer classic, yet, you will be surprised to find out that Croatia has its fair share of islands that are also suitable to provide some wonderful holidays.
Greek islands for Summer
Let’s begin with of the the most popular Greek Cycladic islands, Santorini, that has justifiably been called the most romantic island destination in Europe.
Santorini’s most well known attribute is the astonishing sunset views from the village of Oia. There, the sun slowly plunges into the Aegean sea, painting a soul stirring canvas full of warm colours in the sky. Pinks, purples, oranges and yellows divinely blend with one another creating a sublime sunset masterpiece that is absolutely enthralling to watch live.
Couples seeking a more private, retreat like environment, should generally avoid staying in the crowded Oia village, that is usually overrun with people in a sunset chasing frenzy.
A great alternative is to stay in the Santorini luxury hotel & suites in Akrotiri, Santorini’s southernmost cape, that boasts some amazing views of the volcano, the caldera and Oia village, without compromising on gorgeous sunset scenic sky views.
Choosing the capital town of the island is perhaps most suitable choice in case of family holidays in Fira, Santorini, or for those who wish to minimize traveling and distances for experiencing the daytime and nighttime vibes of the island.
Of course, Santorini is only one of many fantastic island destinations within the Cyclades.
In fact, Cosmopolitan Mykonos, diverse Paros, sensational Folegandros and the spiritual Delos islands are all remarkable destinations, so perhaps choosing a Cyclades island cruise.
Visiting as many as possible in one go could be a way to explore them all, with minimum effort on your part, since you only have to board once.
Croatian islands for Summer
Talking about cruises in the Mediterranean, brings us to the less known island destinations of Croatia, one of which, Krk, had already caught my eye; read my itinerary of Krk and see if it sounds like a destination you would be interested in.
Apart from Krk, cruising the Dalmatian coast will reveal some truly fascinating places. Dubrovnik may not be an island, per say, but it is a stunning coastal city. Full of medieval fortifications, it will entirely charm you. Actually, it has been the setting for filming some scenes of ‘Game of Thrones’, at the ‘King’s Landing’ location of hit series.
Sibenik is another such coastal city, with an architectural structure that is very much alike Dubrovnik. It has a colourful harbour and a sensational shore line, fortified structures, and gorgeous sunsets too!
Returning to our subject of Croatian islands, Rab, Hvar and Korcula are all definitely worth discovering, especially via a cruise holiday.
Rab is almost exotic, with surrounding, small islets that are great for swimming stops while cruising along. There is nothing more instantly exhilarating than diving into crystal clear waters from the deck.
Hvar island is a noteworthy place, boasting an impressive fortress upon which visitors can enjoy some amazing views for as far as the eye can see.
Korcula island is the second most popular Adriatic island after Krk, with impressive stone walls encompassing the town, that has a distinct medieval character.
Overall, the Croatian islands combine a great coast for diving into summer, with an intriguing medieval aspect that creates a very interested contrast for the traveller who seeks something out of the ordinary.