11 Best Mediterranean Adventures

Mediterranean Europe - the perfect playground for the adventurous traveller. From the white peaks of Crete, the beautiful coastline of Turkey's... Read more
 11 Best Mediterranean Adventures
Mediterranean Europe - the perfect playground for the adventurous traveller. From the white peaks of Crete, the beautiful coastline of Turkey's sparkling Turquoise coast, to the ancient city of Byblos in Lebanon, in the balmy Mediterranean you'll find an adventure paradise, where sun-kissed beaches and dreamy seaside towns meet enticing rugged coastline and inspiring summits. This stunning region is also home to an incredible variety of adventures. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite trips so you can find exactly what you’re looking for; whether that is gentle scenic walking in the sun or epic bucket list holidays.

1. Best for breath-taking views


A dramatic coastline, Lycian ruins, traditional villages, rich pine forests, sleepy hamlets, tasty cuisine, striking sea views, sweeping panoramas and a warm welcome; a few of the magical features you'll see walking through this authentic region in Turkey. Nestled on the spectacular Lycian Peninsula and Turkey's magnificent Turquoise Coast, this walking holiday offers that rare opportunity to step back in time and get off the beaten track whilst hiking through timeless landscapes. 



2. Best for trekking


Take in all the walking highlights of unspoiled Western Crete on this scenic and varied walking holiday. Descend to the sea through the spectacular Samaria Gorge, trek to Pachnes the highest peak in the White Mountains of Crete, discover Crete's hidden beaches on the coastal walk from Agia Roumeli and enjoy traditional accommodation alongside excellent Cretan food.

Also check out our NEW Self-Guided Walking Holiday on Crete which has an itinerary unique to KE, combining the very best highlights of south west Crete. Discover Chania, the White Mountains, the spectacular gorges of Samaria, Aradena and Imbros, and the beautiful coast with secluded beaches and peaceful seaside villages. The flow of this itinerary enables you to go at your own pace while exploring the iconic sights of Crete on foot.



3. Best for centre-based 


Italy's best-kept secret and a food-lovers heaven, this adventure offers you a home away from home, based at a fantastic family-run hotel in the heart of Sardinia, where the food is lovingly prepared using the freshest of local ingredients and traditional recipes. This offers the perfect chance for you to go out and enjoy everything this rural gem has to offer, where you'll hike in the beautiful Supramonte Mountains and explore jaw-dropping canyons, hidden coves and dramatic coastline in an off-the-beaten track walkers paradise. Find out more by having a read of this blog from one of our expert staff members Jayne.



4. Best for cyclists

Balkan Trilogy Road Cycle Tour

Adjacent to the Adriatic Sea and with a real flavour of the Mediterranean, the Balkan countries of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro provide the backdrop for this spectacular week of road cycling. Starting and finishing our tour in the stunning coastal town of Dubrovnik means we have easy access to some of the best road rides in the region, taking us from the pretty villages and vineyards of the coastal strip up into the limestone massif of the Dinaric Alps.


5. Best for gentle walking


A land of towering volcanoes, charming architecture, beautiful scenery, excellent cuisine, wonderful wines, fascinating history and whitewashed villages, the stunning island of Sicily offers lovely footpaths surrounded by sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a picnic dinner on fiery Stromboli, hike on the slopes of Mount Etna and explore the medieval gem of Taormina, experiencing the very best of Sicily. This holiday offers the perfect mix of walking and sightseeing on an island renowned for excellent food, world-class wine and welcoming hospitality. 



6. Best for UNESCO history


As one of Italy’s most breath-taking landscapes, the Amalfi Coast is a beautiful area of dramatic mountains plunging into the sea alongside charming villages, secret coves, lush olive groves, zesty lemon orchards and picture-postcard towns clinging to the cliffs. Described as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the romantic and spectacular Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most picture perfect areas for a relaxed walking holiday.  A holiday highlight is the atmospheric and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii overlooked by the towering giant of Mount Vesuvius. This trip is also featured in our UNESCO sites perfect for walking holidays article.


7. Best for foodies

Mountain Trails of Lebanon

Lebanese food is world famous, and consists of a broad range of Levantine dishes that draw their influence from Mediterranean, Arabic and Turkish cuisine. Dishes include baba ghanoush, a dip made from chargrilled aubergines; falafel and shawarma kebabs. Hummus is a staple dish and is often eaten with pita bread. Baklava is a dessert made from layered filo-pastry filled with nuts and date syrup or honey. Dishes are often served in a mezze style; a vast array of smaller dishes creating an array of enticing flavours. Taste all this and more whist you explore the best walking trails and historic sights of Lebanon.



8. Best for the bucket list


Take on Europe's most beautiful and most challenging trek and complete the epic GR20 this summer! One for the bucket list, this iconic long-distance trek is a superb adventure which takes you through spectacular scenery on the Scented Isle which only those on foot will see. This unique European trekking holiday offers the perfect combination of Mediterranean sunshine, inspiring scenery and a challenging walking adventure; you'll return home with a real sense of achievement. 

You're up for the challenge, but want to know exactly what's involved? Make sure you read our candid guide to find out if it's for you: GR20 - Is It For You


9. Best for getting off-the-beaten-track

NEW Walking the Coastal South of Albania

Get ahead of the crowds and discover the lesser-known coastal south of Albania. Delve into the mountains and beaches of the charming Albanian Riviera on this one week self-guided walking holiday. We have included private transfers to/from your walks, as well as from/to Tirana Airport, for a seamless holiday experience.



10. Best for the family

Croatian Island Hopping Family Holiday

Away from the bigger, tourists towns and islands such as Trogir and Ciovo, on this trip you are tucked away on the lovely island of Korcula in the little village of Lumbarda. Here the locals busy themselves with their vineyards and olive groves. The local dry white wine ‘Grk’ is especially refreshing sipped whilst watching the children play in the pool or on the beach, after a day of SUP’ing, walking or kayaking.


11. Best for point-to-point walking

Self-Guided Corfu Trail

This delightfully varied Corfu Trail showcases the very best of the island, and following it will take you from bustling tourist towns bursting with culture, good food and Venetian architecture, over rugged mountains to charming hilltop villages. Highlights include the mountain top Castle of Aggelokastro and Pantokratoras Monastery and swimming in the crystal blue waters of secluded bays along the route.

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