Aloha adventurers and welcome to another Friday Thought here on Fred Holidays TV. This week we are going to focus on one of the most popular holiday regions for UK travellers; the Mediterranean. Summer is well and truly on the way in the northern hemisphere and that means soaring temperatures, fun-filled festivals and inviting beaches all the way from Marseille to Mykonos and Valencia to Venice.
Whether you are looking to cruise the Mediterranean, Aegean, or Adriatic Seas, or simply take a land-based stay anywhere across the region, the Med is a great place to be at this time of year. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why.
Mediterranean cuisine is complex and diverse, but at the same time, there are similarities to be found in the food all over this part of the world. Even though each country has its national dishes, such as pizza or pasta in Italy, paella in Spain, and Moussaka in Greece, features such as the use of olive oil, the abundance of rich fruit and vegetables, and the inclusion of dairy products like cheese, are ever presents.
So much so, that everyone knows what we mean when we say Mediterranean cuisine and this even prompted UNESCO to add it to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013.
Everybody loves to relax on the beach when they go on holiday, and the Mediterranean has some of the best beaches in the world. From the most well-known spots such as the Costa del Sol and Sardinia to relatively unknown points along the Dalmatian Coast and on the smaller Greek islands, there’s a patch of sand for everyone.
Many cruise itineraries will include stops at both larger and smaller ports and so you will be able to enjoy major coastal towns along with more secluded areas in the same trip. Whether you like to swim out up to your neck, just dip your feet in the waves, or watch everyone else getting wet from your sun-lounger, there’s no better place to be when the weather’s hot than the beach.
Just like the food, the history and culture of the Mediterranean region is very varied. Each town and city offers its own ways to immerse yourself in the past as you get an insight into how things once were. Tuscany is great for religious buildings and art, whilst ports such as Athens will offer the chance to go much further back in time to an age where temples were built to appease powerful Gods.
Glamorous places like Cannes and Monte Carlo can show you what it’s like to live in a culture dominated by the rich and famous, whilst, on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, African cities such as Algiers will give you a taste of a culture characterised by bustling marketplaces, music, visual arts and vibrant cuisine.
As well as the major Mediterranean destinations, cruises to this region will also include one or two hidden gems within their itineraries. This often means that you get to visit somewhere that you may have never considered before and usually means you escape the crowds for a while.
Such places include beautiful Cinque Terre, found along Italy’s North-Western coast. Here, excessive building work and the construction of major roads is restricted and so the natural beauty is very well preserved. There’s also fantastic architecture in the form of the multi-coloured houses and the sea glistens like you've never seen before. Other hidden gems in the Mediterranean include Kotor in Montenegro, Zadar in Croatia and the Greek island of Santorini.
And that’s everything this week. If you are thinking of travelling to the Mediterranean, we can offer cruises from fredcruises.co.uk as well and city breaks and land-based stays from fredholidays.co.uk, so check out both of those websites for some great deals. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you again next time for another Friday Thought from Fred.\. Goodbye.