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Top 3 Mediterranean cities for active family holiday

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The Mediterranean is one of the cleanest and most important seas of the world. Through history sailors have conquered the Mediterranean Sea, and linked the countries located on its shores. Spain, Croatia, Italy, Greece… it’s hard to choose which one of these amazing countries to visit, as they each have a lot to offer. Fine cuisine, sports, entertainment, breathtaking sites, bars… all of this and much more make the Mediterranean a top destination for your family vacation. Here are just 3 of the hundreds of locations you and your family can enjoy.

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Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza needs no introduction. This Spanish Island has a legendary reputation. It’s wild parties, luxury accomodation, music festivals are a thing to be experience, but Ibiza offers much more than that. Beyond all the parties, Ibiza is a great destination for your active vacation, as it has a ton of content catering to the more laid back type of people. People in Ibiza are all about eating right, fresh air and exercise. Doing yoga on a roof terrace, with the beautiful blue Mediterranean below you is a unique experience. And why stop at yoga? Paddle boating around the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, hiking and exploring the nooks and crannies of the island, kickboxing and much more! If you get tired, you can always get a massage at one of the many hotels.

Ibiza is best reached by airplane or ship. The island’s road infrastructure is extremely well developed, and once you get there, you won’t have any problems getting around the island.

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Split, Croatia

This ancient town, located on the Adriatic Sea, is an up-and-coming tourist hotspot. Founded by the ancient Greeks, and ruled by the ancient Romans, Split has a ton of history behind it. Preserved remains of former times litter the town, such as the impressive Diocletian’s palace, several churches, statues and much more will keep you entertained. But there’s more. Besides the party scene, Split is host to many sports and cultural activities. Scuba diving, riding a boat, hiking, yachting, water polo and football are all sports that you can see every day in Split. The surrounding islands also make for cool trips too!

Getting to this coastal paradise isn’t a huge hassle, as Split has an active airport, and from there all that separates you from it is a short Split airport taxi ride to the city center.

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Amalfi, Italy

Nearby Naples, this beautiful Italian city is on many tourists’ “to-do” lists. The Amalfi coast is a 43 miles stretch of heaven. Tourists flock to the Amalfi region during the summer, but this town is also popular during the off season, as the weather never gets too cold.

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The beauty of Amalfi lies in its versatility. Your vacation can be as busy as you want it to be. If you want you can spend your days eating at one of the numerous restaurants, and relaxing on the beach, but if you want your vacation to be active, Amalfi is a great option. Its location offers a unique base to explore hills, romantic small villages, beaches and coves located all around Amalfi. Perfect for swimming, hiking and biking, this Italian town is also home to some of the most beautiful concerts of classical music in this part of Europe, which are held in a garden of a villa. Magical indeed!

Amalfi is well connected with the rest of Italy, and is accessible by boat, train, car, planes, ferries and much more.

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5 great, irresistible reasons to visit Belgrade

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While the Balkans might be a region known for its instability, and political dividedness, there is much more to it. More and more people discover that Balkans is an amazing and unique place to visit as the people there are unlike any other in the world. One of the most interesting destinations is Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe but don’t be fooled – this city is modern and thriving with life.

There are many reasons why you should visit Belgrade, but we will name 5 the most irresistible ones.

The spirit of Belgrade

The atmosphere and spirit of Belgrade is something that sets it apart from other cities in Europe. Influenced by the east and the west, Belgrade’s charm lies in its relaxed diversity. At times the city reminds you of a buzzing metropolis, with tons of people around, and then at the next moment, they’re all sipping coffee at one of Belgrade’s’ many cafes. Most people agree, after spending some time in Belgrade, that it has a certain, as the French would say, je ne sais quoi – “I don’t know what” – that is easy to fall in love with.

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Never ending entertainment

Belgrade’s nightlife has become legendary in recent years. More and more tourists, especially from Western Europe are flocking to Belgrade to explore its vast nightlife. An amazing array of clubs, cafes, restaurants, and parties all over Belgrade will entertain you till the early morning hours. The area around Belgrade is also known for its crazy summer music festivals. Serbia is by no means a large country, so exploring some other, more rural places in the country is something that everyone should do.

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Delicious food

Another one of Belgrade’s specialties is its food. Balkan cuisine has been relatively undiscovered, but is now spreading fast, and becoming a specialty outside the Balkans. Try the famous cevapi, burek, sarma and other dishes that only the Balkans can offer. And it doesn’t end there! Belgrade has an amazing variety of drinks, especially alcoholic ones, just be careful not to get tipsy! Serbia’s specialty is rakija, a strong alcoholic drink that is mostly homemade and delicious too! Even fast food places are considered a delicacy, and the numerous restaurants will make sure your taste buds get the experience of a lifetime.

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Great hosts

The people from Balkans are widely known for their extreme hospitality. After just a couple of shots of rakija, anybody will treat you like family. Sharing everything you have with your guest is common practice, and be prepared for special treatment wherever you go. And good luck trying to leave someone’s house without taking a couple of unexpected items along!

Cheap prices

With all of this being said, Belgrade sounds like an amazing place, but an amazing place usually comes with an amazing price. Well, you’re in luck! Belgrade and Serbia are one of the cheapest places in Europe. The food, clubs, accommodation and drinks are all way cheaper than you’d expect from a city of such magnitude. Accommodation is of no problem, as the city has a ton of apartments, hotels and hostels at various locations, with some people even renting their own private apartments. There are a lot of couch surfing options too, which is a great way to meet some of the friendly locals, and be introduced to the town in general.

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With all of this and much more, Belgrade is the place to be. Fine cuisine, cheap prices and friendly people are more than enough of a reason to visit, but combine that with the party life, an excellent atmosphere and a unique experience all around, you’ll find that Belgrade finds a way to get in your heart, and make you want to visit it again and again.

Greek Food; A Culinary Tour

Part of the joy of visiting a new country is sampling the local cuisine. Take Greece, for example. You might not have tried Greek food before, but you’re sure to make some firm new culinary favourites when you do. When you’ve only got a limited amount of time on a tour of Greece, it can be difficult to know where to start – so we’ve put together some suggestions below. If you have any recommendations of your own, please let us know by leaving a comment!

 Moussaka

Moussaka is a bit like lasagna, but with slices of aubergine/eggplant instead of pasta separating rich layers of white sauce, minced meat and tomatoes. Precede it with a classic Greek salad, known as Horiatiki in Greece – a delicious and healthy combination of cucumber, red onions, olives, and that great staple of the Greek diet, feta cheese.

Yemista

Yemista means baked vegetables stuffed with either minced meat or a rice and herb filling. The most common are peppers and tomatoes, but other vegetables can be used too. Ideal for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, this tasty dish is healthy Greek cooking at its best.

Souvlaki

Sometimes called ‘Greek fast food’, but in fact far healthier than this nickname would suggest, souvlaki is the name given to meat skewered on kebabs. Pork is traditionally used, but there are numerous other variations, including lamb, chicken and even swordfish. There’s also a vegetarian version which uses vegetable chunks instead of meat. Try it with tsatsiki (pronounced ‘sat-SEE-kee’), a delicious yogurt dip.

Calamari

While seafood isn’t for everyone, there are few things more evocative of the Greek island experience than calamari, otherwise known as fried squid. Freshly caught squid enjoyed at a beachside restaurant is a classically Greek experience, and tastes particularly satisfying when partnered with a chilled glass of locally produced white wine.

Baklava

For the perfect end to any meal in Greece, baklava is a must. Sweet layers of pastry, honey or syrup and chopped nuts combine to produce a delicious treat which also makes a great gift to take back to your family and friends.

While you might not have time to sample every exotic dish whilst on European tours, if you’re in Greece you must try to fit these five in. It’s essential for that authentic Greek experience!

Written by Kat Kraetzer, a passionate traveller and experienced travel writer.