Beer and wines on the Adriatic Coast
The Mediterranean Sea and water sports in Europe are almost synonymous, along with great nightlife and irresistible cuisine. But back to the water: sailing, diving, water-skiing, and every permutation of sea air, thrills, and sun all at once are yours to enjoy on the edge of this understandably famous and bewitching sea.
Spain has 25 sea resorts where you can try all kinds of active days on the water, all year round. They’re sprinkled along the coasts of Andalusia and Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands, and the coasts of Galicia, Asturias, Murcia and the Region of Valencia.
Experience the excitement of sailing, try your hand at windsurfing, leap in the air on a water bike, have a go at waterskiing, thrill to the adrenaline rush from parasailing, or immerse yourself in the depths of the sea. Sea kayaking, banana boats, snorkelling, cruise trips and deep-sea fishing are among the other water activities available at Spain's Marine Resorts. There are also courses available and direct supervision by specialised instructors.
Malta is a paradise for skin and scuba divers. The sea is warm all year, usually has excellent visibility, and is calm in terms of turbulence and wildlife danger, so it’s an unbeatable dive location for beginners. You only need a snorkel to spy underwater marvels, but go deeper and you can time travel by descending to the sunken wrecks of Malta’s maritime past. Above the surface (at least that’s the idea), try the full gamut of water sports: windsurfing, sea-kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding and paragliding. The Islands are superb for sailing – or harbour cruises for those who prefer to relax on board.
Italy offers endless and amazing opportunities for water lovers. Surrounded by the saltwater playgrounds of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean and graced with the Alps and the Apennines for elevated water works, you have loads of recreational choices. Enjoy the sea for windsurfing, kite-surfing, swimming, sailing, and waterskiing at Italy's countless marinas and ports, or head to the summer mountains for white water rafting and kayaking, fishing in the pristine waters of rivers and lakes, paragliding and hang gliding over spectacular landscapes. Italy’s famous lakes number over a thousand, and at larger lakes the adventurous can have fun testing their skills water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, and even fishing in a national level competition.
Nothing could be easier in Monte-Carlo than to enjoy water sports in the Mediterranean. Invigorating activities include windsurfing, water skiing, wake boarding, banana boats, jet skis, parascending, and some serious sun worship at Larvotto Beach and Monte Carlo Beach. Sailing is within easy reach with the enthusiastic professionals of the Monaco Yacht Club. There are two ways of discovering the rich secrets of the Monaco sea bed: dive with the Club d'Exploration Sous-Marine de Monaco or take part in a boat excursion to watch whales, sperm whales and dolphins, a few nautical miles from the coast.
Cyprus has bewitching beaches but relaxing in the sun is only one way to revel in your holiday on this sparkling island. You can indulge in a myriad of water sports: Try the water park or bungee jumping for an extreme thrills. Discover the magic of the underwater world by snorkelling or diving in the warm crystal clear seas. Windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed all the year round, thanks to steady winds and calm predictable seas, while coastal cruising and deep-water fishing are also popular. You could even use the island as a base for a short cruise to other nearby countries, but are you sure you want to leave?
Greece is all about the sea, an aquatic heaven full of life surrounding its islands and washing the long mainland coast. Water sports are very popular in Greece, the water is so enchanting and awesome natural attractions await in Aegean and Ionian Sea. Dive, sail, swim, paraglide; you can submerge yourself in or fly over the turquoise liquid in a number of ways, or pump some adrenaline in the white water high in the Pindus range when you travel inland.
Turkey, with hundreds of rivers, provides great opportunities for water sports like rafting, canoeing and water-skiing. The most famous is the River Coruh, renowned internationally as one of the fastest flowing in the world; the Altiparmak flows through a strikingly beautiful valley enveloped by high mountains. Recommended for canoeing and rafting, the river has a high flow-rate year round because of the run-off of melting snow.
Within the seas of Turkey, divers can discover a fascinating submerged world, from underwater caverns to sunken ships and even the remains of ancient cities. The islands in the open seas around Tekirova have a wonderful array of sea life including huge thornback rays and dolphins can be seen throughout the year.