Best beaches in the Mediterranean

Travelers who love the sights, sounds and smells of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea should consider taking a cruise with stops at multiple destinations. But how do you decide which highlights to visit? We’ve put together a list of the most idyllic hot spots so you can arrange your Med fly cruise with MSC Cruises to take in all the highlights of this wondrously diverse area.


With thousands of islands, making a stop in Greece can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. Try Crete, which is the largest Greek island by area and has mile upon mile of picture-perfect coastline.


Head over to the eastern side of Crete to catch a boat to the beautiful untouched beach of Nissos Chrissi.

Here you can spend the day lazing on the white sands and snorkeling over the interesting seabed in the bay.”  

Nissos Chrissi is known as the Golden Island for good reason, as the colorful volcanic rocks are covered in fine sand and pretty purple shells.  If you feel like you’ve had too much sun, pack up a picnic and stroll into the cool cedar forest that coats the island.

Over on the west side, see if you can find the 13th century chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the Minoan ruins that still punctuate the landscape

Sailboats leave from the port at Lerapetra every morning and come back to pick up their sun-soaked passengers at 5pm.


The gorgeous island of Gozo is situated to the south of Sicily and is regularly referred to by experts as one of the best diving locations the Mediterranean has to offer.


With numerous dive schools around the island, along with crystal-clear waters, interesting caves and unusual marine life to spot, beginners through to PADI-qualified elites can enjoy the scores of dive sites on Gozo’s coast.”

If you prefer to stay on dry(ish) land, check out Ramla Bay on the north side of the island.

Relax on the red-tinged sand warmed by the heat of the sun or walk up the grassy hills framing the beach if you fancy taking advantage of the cool breezes blowing off the Med.


The island of Corsica is a great choice for cruise passengers, with its clean beaches, palm tree-lined boulevards and temperatures of 30C+ during the summer months.

On the south-west of the island is Cappiciolo, a wonderful stretch of sand that is peppered with secluded coves – perfect for exploring.”

There are a couple of restaurants to dine in the middle of the day and a few hidden gems if you care to scramble down the rocky banks.

Thrill-seekers might like to pay a visit to Sant’Amanza in the south of Corsica to try out the best windsurfing conditions.

This sandy beach is popular with locals and tourists alike and is about six kilometres from the town of Bonifacio.

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