The Mediterranean connects Europe, Asia, and Africa. Within those continents are several countries that are perfect for family vacations. Each country offers unique activities and experiences for families like yours. If you are trying to add more bucket list destinations to your travels, you are in luck. Today, I am sharing the best Mediterranean destinations for your family vacation. There should be at least one destination that stands out amongst them all.
If your family loves history, then Pompeii may check off all the boxes during your next family vacation. The town of Pompeii was completely destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. The ash from the eruption preserved the town until the ruins were discovered centuries later.
Walking through Pompeii will have your family stepping back in time. You can wander the streets to see what the locals were doing on the fateful day of the eruption. In one home, you will see how bread was being baked into loaves just before everything was covered in ash.
Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia almost looks like parts of Santorini, Greece, were picked up and placed in the area. The buildings are all painted white. And the roofs are bright blue. This is the perfect family vacation destination if your family wants to explore cultural treasures.
While you can spend hours wandering around, you may prefer to simply relax near the Bay of Tunis. Or head out on a boat to cruise the Mediterranean.
Changes have been abundant in Alexandria over the years. However, that doesn’t mean this city should automatically come off your list for a family vacation. The original library has been replaced with a modern version. Your favorite place to spend time, though, may be the Montazah Palace. The gardens there are spectacular.
The area of Gibraltar marks where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. While it used to be called the Pillars of Hercules, it is now called The Rock. Barbary macaques, or wild monkeys, live at the top of a cliff. It is the only place you will see these monkeys in all of Europe. They are known for stealing food from unsuspecting families.
There are so many things to do and see in Barcelona. However, your intent for your family vacation may be to focus on the art of Antoni Gaudi. A favorite is Park Güell. And don’t forget about Sagrada Familia, even though it isn’t completed yet. It’s only been more than one hundred years since this cathedral was started. Hopefully, by 2026 we can see the final product.
If you are searching for a more adventurous activity, hike up Montserrat. Or simply walk along Las Ramblas.
This is the only national park in Europe that surrounds urban areas, as well as forested and coastal areas. You will find this park in the French Riviera. Search for the inlets during your visit. There is almost always a hidden beach near the end.
This is also an excellent place to go snorkeling with all the marine life in the water.
If you don’t want to deal with the crowds in Dubrovnik, Split offers a unique alternative for a family vacation. Start by exploring Diocletian’s Palace. Then head out onto the streets to explore the rest of the ancient history in the city.
The last of the best Mediterranean destinations for your family vacation in Athens. This ancient city is home to Acropolis and other ancient sites. Sit in a traditional coffee shop during your visit to try authentic Greek coffee. Or simply do some people-watching while sipping your favorite drink.
These are the best Mediterranean destinations you should consider for your next family vacation. There are others, and we can discuss those if you don’t see one you like on this list. The most important thing is to make sure you choose the Mediterranean destination so you can easily make memories with your family during your vacation.
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