The Mediterranean is suitable for all with is varied climate, whether you like hot beach holidays, or cooler city breaks, the Mediterranean weather caters for all. Read on to find out where best to visit and when.
Some parts of the Mediterranean have summers as hot as those in Australia. Rome, for example, in the months of July and August, averages 30 degrees C, on par with the summer months in Perth.
Rome is a city that needs to be explored and slowly as there is so much to see. World famous buildings such as the Vatican and the Colosseum should be enjoyed on foot and not rushed. Heading to Rome in peak summer months may be a little too warm for a sightseeing break, as walking around ruins and across open squares in the blistering heat will zap your energy.
One of the best months to visit Rome is May when the temperature is not so hot that you will melt, and the chances of rain are not as high as they are earlier in spring. If you’re travelling with a family you could use the half-term break to get away, or to avoid the half-term rush, book at the end of April or early May for your chance to experience Rome and all it has to offer, minus the crowds.
promise to offer a culturally rich experience with the chance to visit some of the oldest buildings in Europe. However, if Italy isn’t for you, then why not experience
Portugal can offer a great summer holiday, with the high probability of clear skies, warm temperatures and little chance of rain. Porto has one of the more ‘manageable’ summer temperatures, with the monthly average over July and August being 25 degrees C, a pleasant temperature for a beach holiday, but also not too hot that exploring is ruled out.
Porto has some lovely Blue Flag beaches that are renowned for their cleanliness. For those who want a bit more from their holiday than sunbathing, Porto will not disappoint. The Sao Bento Railway Station is a great place to go as it is like no other train station you are likely to visit: the station itself tells the history of Portugal through artwork displayed on its walls. It really is a masterpiece that is well-worth seeing.
If you’re looking to head somewhere warmer in the winter months then
should fit the bill: there are a range of locations in Spain that have mild temperatures throughout the year; Alicante being one of them.
There are several points of interest in Alicante; there is the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, set on the top of Mount Benacantil, guaranteeing great views of the city. Visit the Guadalest Valley renowned as another great photo opportunity, as you can get great panoramic views of the valley itself.
With temperatures in October and November still hitting the early twenties, Alicante offers a pleasant winter sun break. The chance of rain is slightly higher in these months, so if you’re willing to go in a slightly cooler month with a lower chance of rain, visit in January when rain levels are at their lowest outside July and August.
There are plenty more places to choose from for your holiday in the Mediterranean, however one thing is for sure, this region has something for everyone and so long as you do a bit of research, you can be sure to find the right destination at the optimum time of year.