Mediterranean Destination Guide

The Mediterranean Resorts of the South of Europe offer visitors sparkling blue seas, historic cities and beautiful beaches and some of the prettiest panoramas in the world.

The Mediterranean Sea stretches from Lebanon in the east to Gibraltar in the west and is bounded by countries in Africa, East, Central and Western Europe.

The countries of the Mediterranean have influenced culture for millennia, from Greece and Italy, two of the greatest ancient civilisations, to the party islands of Ibiza and the luxury lifestyle of the South of France and the Amalfi Coast. With so many countries, history and variety in the Mediterranean there’s a resort for every style and budget. History and culture buffs can lose themselves in the antiquities and ruins of Greece and Italy. Fashionistas can live out their luxury lifestyle in Capri or Monaco. Foodies and fine wine connoisseurs will love the epicurean treats of France and Provence.

Temptation Holiday cruises are a fantastic way to explore the Mediterranean, giving sailors a taste of the best port cities of the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean is a varied and inspiring destination, whatever your holiday style our handy guide will help you plan your trip.

Which countries are in the Mediterranean?

  • There are 21 countries which border the Mediterranean Sea.
  • They are Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Do I need a visa for the Mediterranean?

  • Travellers from the UK to European countries of the Mediterranean don’t need visas.
  • UK travellers should have at least 6 months left on their passport when travelling in Europe.
  • UK travellers should keep up to date with post-Brexit travel requirements here.
  • Visitors from America and the rest of the world should check their local travel guides.

Which language is spoken in the Mediterranean?

  • With so many countries in the Southern Mediterranean, you may hear French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Maltese.
  • English is spoken widely throughout the region, though it is courteous to practice your pleases and thank-yous in the local language.

What is the currency of the Mediterranean and how much holiday money should I take?

  • The Euro is the currency of European Mediterranean countries
  • For our all-inclusive adult cruises, you need only take spending money for any shore trips, on-board shopping and extras that you book.
  • For self-catering and bed and breakfast you’ll need to take money for food supplies, and eating out.
  • A budget of around 100 euros per person per day for food will be more than enough to allow you to eat well on your Mediterranean holiday.

What is the climate in the Mediterranean?

  • Summers tend to be hot and dry in the Mediterranean.
  • The temperature starts warming up from April, though the sea can still be quite cold until June.
  • The autumn is mild and winters can be rainy.

When is the best time to visit the Mediterranean?

  • The Mediterranean resorts of Southern Europe are at their best in the summer months where visitors can relax in the heat of the summer.
  • Spring and autumn also make great holidays if you prefer less heat and quieter resorts.

What is the cuisine of the Mediterranean?

  • Travellers may be familiar with many of the famous foods of the Mediterranean, from pizza to paella, but eating these foods cooked to authentic recipes is to discover them in a new way.
  • Every country and region has its traditional dish based on the local produce.
  • Think fresh seafood and the traditional flavours of Southern Europe - tomatoes, herbs, garlic, olives, cheeses, wine and citrus.

What to pack for an adult only holiday in the Mediterranean?

  • Swimwear and beachwear are a must for days spent at the pool or the beach.
  • Summer in the Mediterranean can have cooler days and even some rainy days, so always pack some warmer clothing options as well as a waterproof jacket and shoes.
  • If you’re planning to visit any religious sites you’ll need to check local custom and include clothes that respect more modest dress.
  • Don't forget to pack party clothes and costumes for any them nights, parties or formal events you’re attending.

Temptation Holidays offer adult only holidays in the Mediterranean, including adult lifestyle cruises and adult lifestyle resort holidays.

Explore our Mediterranean holidays below