The Mediterranean Sea is lined with gorgeous beaches almost anywhere you look along its coasts. This stunning sea is lined with several warmer climates and shares waters with Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Spain, boasting spectacular views from the cliffs above or the white sand shores below. While almost any beach could qualify to be on our list, here is our top five of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean.
Although technically considered a part of the Aegean Sea, this Mediterranean destination is a group of isles that has black sand beaches in some spots for a truly unique look and beach lover's experience. The villages along the coast of these as well as other island chains in Greece are built into the hillsides that line the coast, carving themselves into caves and rock for glorious panoramic views from wherever you are perched.
Considered to be an autonomous community off of the East Coast of the mainland, Ibiza is a notorious stomping ground for celebrities looking for both privacy and picturesque surroundings. The turquoise waters and white sand beaches here remind of the Caribbean while providing an unmistakably Spanish flavor, hot nightlife venues and world-class accommodations. The island is also now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its popularity with tourists from all over the globe.
Saint-Tropez is located on the glorious French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea. It's vivid blue waters and the impressive fleet of boats makes for delightful times out on the water and on the beaches. Temperatures here are quite mild, though, usually peaking in August at around 80°F. This is also a major tourist destination reachable from Nice to the West. Be sure to check out Tahiti Beach for a more tropical atmosphere.
Serena Bay, Cyprus
Mostly touted by locals than tourists, this hidden gem of a beach in the Protaras region of Cyprus is a bucolic gem in the Eastern Mediterranean. Waters here are almost crystalline and slightly cordoned-off by the confines of the bay the beach sits in for even more seclusion and almost zero boat traffic. The beaches won't be empty, but you will find them to be much quieter during the weekdays if that's your pleasure.
Oludeniz is an especially impressive spot with waters that remain calm even when the rest of the area is under a storm watch. The Bay also has its own lagoon, which is perfect for private swimming and exploration along trails leading to it. Along with Cyprus, Turkey's beaches make up the eastern portion of the Mediterranean Sea and connect up with the Aegean Sea near Greece. Cerulean waters and sugar-white beaches await at this fantastic spot.
With all of these excellent beaches to lounge around on, there is no doubt that you'll have the best time in the Mediterranean by visiting one. The nations that line its coast are some of the most vibrant in the world with their own hidden treasures and attractions on land to explore when the beach no longer beckons, so be sure to take these into consideration the next time you're planning a Mediterranean getaway.