This Culturally Rich Region is also an Adventurer’s Playground
The Mediterranean and Western Europe are filled with paragons of history’s greatest events and tales, must-see spots for any traveler with a penchant for masterpieces of all kinds. And while you should absolutely seize any opportunity to see the brilliant interiors of the Sistine Chapel, the intricacies of La Sagrada Familia’s inner sanctum and the mysteries of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, we’re focusing today on the Mediterranean discoveries that entice you outdoors.
The New Year – and the resolutions it brings – is fast approaching. Crystal’s Mediterranean voyages combine two of the most prevalent New Year’s resolutions: to travel more and to be more active, helping to support your annual goals of wellness and exploration all at once. Here are 20 of the most incredible active Mediterranean adventures to get you outdoors and keep you moving in 2020:
1) Cave scuba diving along the colorful reefs of the Red Sea on the coast of Eilat, Israel, a blissful holiday town suited perfectly for outdoor adventures.
2) Kitesurfing in Eilat, known to be one of the world’s best locales for the sport.
3) Sunset yoga and meditation in the Wadi Rum with an expert instructor, who will help you detox your mind and energize your spirit for the desert safari that follows the day’s practice
4) River rafting along the River Var from Monte Carlo, an invigorating way to explore the French Riviera
5) Hiking Cyprus’ nature trail Konnoi in Cape Gkreko National Forest, passing the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and concluding with a swim in Konnos Bay
6) Bicycling through Barcelona, covering fascinating ground as you ride along Las Ramblas past colorful street artists, to the Barri Gòtic and its cathedral, Plaza del Rei and other masterpieces
7) An insider’s walking tour of Barcelona, offered by a ground-breaking organization that trains and exclusively employs guides who are homeless, who enthusiastically share the highlights of the city they know so well.
8) Hiking the “Path of the Gods” in Amalfi, on a trail 1,500 above the sea that affords sweeping views of the famed Amalfi coastline, Positano and Mount Pertuso
9) Hiking Mt. Vesuvius, beginning at 3,000 feet elevation and climbing switchbacks another 1,000 feet, rewarded with panoramic views of Naples when you reach the crater’s rim. Another reward: wine ad bruschetta
10) Helicopter over Mt. Etna, Sicily’s most famous peak nearing 11,000 feet in elevation, then stretch your legs with a walking tour of Taormina
11) 5k or 10k run along the Ombia River of Dubrovnik, following the old train route, through the UNESCO-listed Old City and along a road that only the locals know
12) Swimming and snorkeling the caves of Kolocep Island from Dubrovnik, exploring the sparkling archipelago and working up an appetite for local delicacies
13) Horseback riding the valley of Konavle, traversing Croatia’s countryside on a seven-mile route through pine forests, olive groves and seaside
14) Sea kayaking from Croatia’s Kolorina Bay to Betina Beach, passing Lovrijenac Fortress and the Island of Lokrum
15) Hiking tour of Petra, following ancient paths and rugged trails on a full-day outing from the Siq to the iconic Treasury of this once lost city
16) 18 challenging holes at Ayla Golf Club, Jordan’s first championship course, designed by Greg Normand and catering to pros and amateurs alike
17) Hiking Estrel Massif, a protected, mountainous natural preserve outside of Cannes, where rugged peaks, oak forests and red-hued cliffs contrast with the deep blue of the Mediterranean below
18) Bicycling along the cliffs of Corsica from Ajaccio, France, to the Iles Sanguinaires, an archipelago of four islands with a harbor presided over by a 16th century Genoese tower
19) Tai Chi on the beach of Palma de Mallorca, known as the “island of tranquility,” followed by a swim to refresh you for the rest of the day
20) Soaring over Monaco in a helicopter, including spectacular aerial views of Cap Martin, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eze and Villefranche, then embarking on a walking tour of the Rock of Monaco
Accomplish more than checking items off your bucket list in 2020. This is your year to go and do, discover and pursue new challenges with active Mediterranean adventures.