Perched above one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, these five medieval fishing villages add brilliant bursts of colour to the coast of the Italian Riviera.
With a mind-boggling array of sights to see, from mosques and tombs to gardens and souks, it’s no wonder that Marrakech is one of the busiest cities in Africa. This is a place where history is still very much alive, with architectural marvels around every corner, forging their creators’ presence into the walls of the city.
Although this Balearic island is renowned for being the party capital of the world, there’s more to it than fist-pumping to an ageing DJ’s house music and sleeping off your hangover on the beach. Discover the laid-back, care-free Ibicencan vibe brought to the island by hedonistic hippies that arrived in the 70s.
The first island destination on our Croatian journey was Korcula Old Town, a fortified settlement across the bay from the Orebic peninsula. It shared the same medieval feel as Dubrovnik, with a network of narrow stepped streets surrounded by the same ancient walls and white stone towers lined with battlements.
Although my trip to this cosmopolitan metropolis was a couple of years ago now, it was an unforgettable experience. It is the only city in the world to spill over two continents, forming a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. It is also home to a community which is as colourful as its history.
Dubrovnik has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural and historical interest, rivalling the Renaissance likes of Florence and Venice. It is one of the world’s best preserved medieval walled cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Last summer, my boyfriend and I island-hopped along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. We had heard that this European gem, nestled between Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, was an up-and-coming hotspot not only because of the increasing number of beach festivals and boat parties, but also because of its attractively low prices and guaranteed sunshine. We travelled from the walled city of Dubrovnik up to Split, stopping off at a number of islands along the way.