21 Best Seaside Retreats in France, Italy, Spain & Malta
Little-known isles and off-the-beaten path enclaves
From Tuscany and Corsica to the French and Spanish Rivieras and beyond, these private destinations are not those that one simply decides to travel to. Rather, these are locales that define how one travels. Accessible to those who drop anchor off the coast, they provide otherworldly fascinations, natural preserves, and untouched beaches accented by the azure waters and sea breezes of the Mediterranean.
- Porto Ercole, Tuscany
- Gozo Island, Malta
- Lipari, Sicily, Italy
- Amalfi, Italy
- Calvi, Corsica, France
- Capri, Italy
- Cannes, France
- Puerto Banus, Spain
- Ponza, Italy
- Nice, France
- Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy
- Portoferraio, Elba, Italy
- Malaga, Spain
- Portofino, Italy
- Valletta, Malta
- Portovenere, Italy
- Trapani, Sicily, Italy
- St. Tropez, France
- Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula
- Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
Porto Ercole, Tuscany
Sitting pretty in the municipality of Monte Argentario, in the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany.
Gozo Island, Malta
Part of the Maltese three-island archipelago, Gozo basks in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily.
Lipari, Sicily, Italy
One of seven islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily, Lipari boasts a fortified castello and the impressive Aeolian Archaeological Museum.
The namesake of the UNESCO-awarded Amalfi Coast is your gateway to ancient Pompeii.
Calvi, Corsica, France
Part of the historic Genoese empire, Calvi is perched on the northwest coast of the isle of Corsica.
The inviting Italian island just off the Sorrentine Peninsula has just two harbors, Marina Piccola and Marine Grande.
Yes, you Cannes. The French Riviera’s artistic resort town holds a stunning Croisette, idyllic pebbly beaches, and an unencumbered Promenade des Anglais.
Puerto Banus, Spain
Costa del Sol’s yachting playground offers the perfect mix of beautiful beaches and a luxury marina.
Bask in the beauty of this remote Pontine island, distinguishable for its steep rocky coves, craggy cliffs, and crystalline water.
The sunny seaside seclusion of Nice embodies the sweetness and art of living, presenting a fusion of international cultural influences.
Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy
The ancient Greek city and temples of Agrigento stun in this UNESCO-awarded Italian coastal town.
Portoferraio, Elba, Italy
Beauty nestled in the province of Livorno, Tuscany, on the northern coast of Elba Island.
Strong historical significance fused with modern, avant-garde character results in unmatched charm.
Picturesque fishing village along the Italian Riviera.
This fortified city on a hilly peninsula soars between two of the finest natural harbors in the Mediterranean.
This secret Cinque Terre gem is A UNESCO World Heritage site along Italy’s Lugurian coast in the province of La Spezia.
Trapani, Sicily, Italy
The “City of Salt and Sand” presents an unblemished natural environment and relaxed atmosphere.
St. Tropez, France
The French Riviera’s glamorous resort town is framed by exceptional beaches and wineries.
Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula
Defining a narrow peninsula of Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
White-sand beaches and hidden coves lapped by crystal-clear waters.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Offering delightful surprises to complement its renowned casino and Grand Prix.
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