Some of the most beautiful and exotic cities of the world are located in the Mediterranean region. Among these are; Barcelona (Spain), Marseilles (France), Naples (Italy), Palermo (Italy), Split (Croatia), Athens (Greece), Antalya and Mersin (Turkey), Beirut (Lebanon), Alexandria (Greece)

BARCELONA located on the Mediterranean coast, is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,615,908 in 2008. It is recognized as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade and possesses one of Europe’s major ports. Barcelona International Airport is the second largest in Spain after the (handles about 30 million passengers per year). Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona is an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination today, with a rich cultural heritage. The city is well known for its football club BARCELONA.

ANTALYA : When King Attalos first set eyes on Antalya he called it “ParadiseANTALYA MARINA on Earth”. Its fertile soil and natural harbour made it favourable for settlers throughout the ages. Therefore Antalya has a rich cultural heritage with many remains of an outstanding history. It is a city where three out of four seasons are spring and the other is summer, where you can ski on a magnificent mountain in the morning and swim in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean in the afternoon.

Talking about having a holiday on the Mediterranean, there is so much more to discover as the Mediterranean Sea surrounds cities and countries you have probably never considered on your must-travel list. Here are some other cities in the region;

SPLIT is the second largest city in Croatia with great landscape of mountain and sea as well as a vibrant port at the Mediterranean. It is the kind of city to be remembered with the hustle bustle of a big metropolis, an impressing historical background and great natural sights

ALEXANDRIAALEXANDRIA (Egypt) is Elegant and cosmopolitan, with its fantastic shore lined by impressive buildings, with its Belle Epoque quarters and large squares. It is completely different from the inland Egyptian cities. Its overwhelming history erupts from every corner of the city, as Alexandria is the land of the tumultuous love story between Cleopatra and Marc Antony and also the learning centre of the ancient world. You can’t miss a visit to The Cornishe with the New Library of Alexandria, the Greek Quarter or the Mahmudiya Channel.

BEIRUT (Lebanon) is the city to provide you contrasts of the world we are living in. The restored mosques and colonial relics in downtown contrast with the vibrant atmosphere of party-now-or-never in the Gemmayzeh or Achrafiye districts, where the motto is living for the moment, while the Green Line still wears the scars of the armed conflicts. Friendly people, amazing food, beautiful women – if you ignore the fragile political environment, Beirut is definitely a must visit.

FETHIYE (Turkey) has the advantage of being quite remote from the tourist hordes, the most famed Turkish resorts such as Bodrum and Marmaris. This spot is mostly preferred for its fantastic landscape of the Taurus Mountains meeting with the perfectly turquoise Mediterranean, the fresh air scented from the pine trees and last, but not least, the charming Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz nearby that some people describe as paradise on earth.

MALTA a majestic and elegant city on the Mediterranean will give you the overwhelming impression that you’re walking into an open air museum because of the spectacular Baroque architecture, a gift from the Knights of St. John. During summertime the atmosphere reach the elevation at its best, as the city hosts theatre performances and opera concerts, while sunset embraces the Grand Harbour into a charming aura, justifying its description as one of the most impressive Mediterranean harbours.