The Best Mediterranean Destinations for History Buffs

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Not everyone wants to sit on the beach all day some people love walking through ruins and soaking up history instead. If this is you, the Mediterranean is a great place for you. This is because there are some wonderful historical sites to enjoy. Just read on to see what we mean.

The Historic Sites of Turkey

First, we start with a Mediterranean country that has perhaps the longest and richest, multi-cultural history – Turkey. This country offers an amazing array of different historical sites that span the centuries; there are more than a hundred ancient ruins for you to visit here. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap holidays from the UK to Turkey, which makes it easy for you to return year after year and explore. Amongst the biggest and, therefore, most famous Turkish cultural destinations are the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Ephesus and Topkapi Palace.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

Next Greece, in particular, the Acropolis of Athens and the Marvel at Propylaea. This striking 150-metre gateway possesses a unique beauty. On the same site are the Parthenon, The Temple of Athena Nike and the Erectheion.


Lady sitting in front of Parthenon on Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Lady sitting in front of Parthenon on Acropolis, Athens, Greece by Kristoffer Trolle


Of course, no list of historic destinations would be complete without including Rome on the list. The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum are all impressive buildings, but there are many others in and around this fantastic city.


The Ruins of Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria was once Egypt’s capital city. Today, it is a ruin, but it is a spectacular one, which really should be on your bucket list.

The Emerged Cities of Crete

The island of Crete was once much bigger. Over the centuries, the sea ate away at the edges of the island and eroded the land and several villages, town and cities ended up submerged.

Recently, innovative tour guides have found ways to show them to tourists. The submerged city-state of Olous was once home to 40,000 people, and, today, it can be explored by taking a scuba diving tour.

The Ancient Cypriot City of Salamis

Salamis was founded by Teucer who was a Trojan War hero. In 295BC the then king killed himself and burned the city to the ground rather than surrender to the Egyptians. The site is located alongside a beach and is more than 1km long. Leave the family on the beach and explore these ruins at your leisure.

The Ruins of Malta

Across the island of Malta, there are 50 ruined temples. Each of them is different and has its own story to tell.

The Greek Theatre on Sicily

The ruins of the largest Greek Theatre ever built are to be found on the island of Sicily. Even today, it is used for performances, which is a great way to experience this unusual historical site. The Ear of Dionysius is another Sicilian ancient site that you really should visit.

The Tip of the Iceberg

As you can see when it comes to ancient ruins, the countries of The Mediterranean have plenty to offer. For centuries the borders of Europe were fluid as the Romans, Greeks, Syrians, Egyptians and many other cultures rolled across the continent conquering large swathes of land. Each of these powers left its mark, and today many of their iconic cities and buildings survive as ruins, which you can enjoy.


Since a boy i have been fascinated by travel, people and places which is the reason i have been in the travel industry for over 20 years in numerous roles sales, marketing, operations & e-commerce. These days i run a boutique digital marketing agency in Tunbridge Wells called All Amplified Media specialising in Digital Marketing for online travel agencies.

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