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The Mediterranean

This region is a sensory explosion, with bright blue seas, cloudless skies, world-class cuisine and classic architecture around every corner. Are you drawn to the promise of endless summer days spent lying in the sun? Or are you in search of secluded forest hikes, world-class art galleries, historic neighbourhoods, cheese and wine picnics or an exuberant nightlife? The Mediterranean is the place to be for adventure, exploration and some well-deserved sun bathing, so whether you're looking to set sail in Croatia, watch the world go by with a glass of wine in France, or take over the beaches in Spain, The Mediterranean should definitely make an appearance on your to-do list.

Best places to visit

Each country surrounding The Mediterranean is picture perfect in its own way, and our top recommendation would be to go everywhere and do everything! Unleash your history geek in Athens or Venice, sail the seas in style from Croatia, or beach-hop around Spain's top hot spots. STA offers Local Living adventures in Tuscany to give you the best view of what life is really like in this slice of paradise. Whatever you're after, write your bucket list and let's go!  
Tuscan cobbled street and houses in soft sunlight


Forget about a whirlwind tour, the only way to experience Italy is like a local! Settle into the Tuscan countryside or above the waves on the Amalfi Coast, but don’t forget to wander up to Rome to explore iconic landmarks and the Vatican City, or float over the Mediterranean waters to the Isle of Capri for some sand and sun.
View of houses on Santorini and the deep blue sea


Greece is the capital of classic history. With ruins, cliff top views and cobbled streets, you’ll feel like you’ve flown back in time. Don’t forget to ferry over to Santorini, and prepare to leave the rest of the world behind as you kick back on the beach or wander through remote cobblestoned fishing villages straight out of a postcard.
Spanish square with typical houses in the sunlight


One of Europe’s warmest cities, Spain is the perfect place to spend both summer and winter. Check out the night-life amongst the architectural masterpieces in Barcelona, bar hop your way around Madrid, or laze your days away from a sun-soaked beach in the south.
View of Paris with the Eiffel tower and a blue sky


Not one to be forgotten about, France also offers no shortage of pristine beaches along their southern coast. Tick the usual landmarks off your list with a visit to the City Of Love, Paris, but make your way off the beaten path for some rest and relaxation in Cannes, a glass of red in Bordeaux or a road trip around the countryside.
Red-haired woman walking down a street with old houses

Getting around

STA can hook you up with some great flights to and from The Med, and there are countless connecting flights from other main hubs around Europe. Grab a Busabout ticket or a rail pass and add The Mediterranean to your itinerary!
Group of people at a balustrade, a river and river bank with houses in the back.

Hop-on hop-off bus passes

Hop-on Hop-off gives you the freedom to create your perfect itinerary using a private door-to-door coach network. You’ll travel with fun, like-minded people on Busabout’s private door-to-door coaches. The Busabout network connects you to 38 destinations across 14 countries in Europe, from popular hotspots to hidden gems. 


Perfect for the independent traveler, a Eurail pass makes seeing The Mediterranean a breeze. Travel where you want, when you want. Over-land travel gives you the chance to see the continent your own way.

Tours in The Mediterranean

If you decide for a group tour in The Mediterranean, we make sure you've got a bed to sleep in, a beach to laze on and a crew to party with!
Woman with camera sitting in Park Guell in Barcelona

Group tours

Take all the stress out of planning your trip by letting us do it for you! We’ll suss out your itinerary, accommodation and transport, which leaves you free to jump right into all that our tours have to offer.
Group of young people relaxing on a rock in the sun

Iconic Italy

Introduce yourself to the Italian lifestyle, with a fortnight of inspirational cultural highlights for you to devour. Pompeii, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast - turn these names into your reality, with a tour of the ruins, a limoncello tasting at a local lemon farm and the "Walk of the Gods" hike.
Sail boat with crew in the sun taken from the water

Island Hopping

Enjoy idyllic swim spots and picture-perfect coastal villages aboard STA's buck-list Island Hopping tours. Float off the coast of Greece, Croatia or Montenegro, discover secluded islands and after a long day of soaking in the sun, throw yourself into the local nightlife. Sounds like paradise to us!