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What's Your Favourite Mediterranean City?

Out of all the large cities on the Mediterranean coastline, which is your favourite and why? Which would you visit again, and which would you avoid(and why)?

I haven't gotten to travel as much as I would've liked to, but this region has always fascinated me, and I can't be the only one. The grittiness of Catania, the modernist wonders of Barcelona, the nightlife of Tel Aviv; it's all there and more.

Let's keep it to cities over 100,000, but remember; it doesn't have to be on the list below, and it doesn't matter when you were last there.

by Anonymousreply 81October 27, 2021 9:45 PM

Thessaloniki and İzmir also nice. Not to mention Venice.

by Anonymousreply 1October 17, 2021 12:06 AM

So many small Italian cities and towns.

by Anonymousreply 2October 17, 2021 12:08 AM

I want to go to Mahón.

by Anonymousreply 3October 17, 2021 1:20 AM

Anybody been to Taormina, Sicily?

by Anonymousreply 4October 17, 2021 11:35 PM

[quote] Anybody been to Taormina, Sicily?

Nobody has ever been to Taormina, Sicily not even its residents.

by Anonymousreply 5October 17, 2021 11:37 PM

Naples! Strange, dirty, beautiful city with wonderful coffee and food. And a short trip to Ischia.

by Anonymousreply 6October 17, 2021 11:37 PM

R4 I have only been to the other side of Sicily - Catania and Siracusa. Very beautiful but I was surprised that cruise ships docked in Siracusa, so there were some roaming packs of tourists.

by Anonymousreply 7October 17, 2021 11:39 PM

[quote]Naples! Strange, dirty, beautiful city with wonderful coffee and food. And a short trip to Ischia.

I wonder how Naples compares to Palermo?

by Anonymousreply 8October 17, 2021 11:47 PM

Guess there's no love for Beirut.

by Anonymousreply 9October 20, 2021 9:39 PM

Istanbul is not on the Mediterranean, just saying.

by Anonymousreply 10October 20, 2021 9:46 PM

Nice and Antalya are both lovely.

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by Anonymousreply 12October 20, 2021 9:51 PM

Nice, Monte Carlo, St. Tropez.

by Anonymousreply 13October 20, 2021 9:59 PM

Another vote for Thessaloniki. Go for orthodox easter. Why have your major celebration for a birth when you can go all out for a resurrection! Then head into the mountains. Hillsides can be white with blossom (I'm told they are almond trees in bloom) and the streams and waterfalls gurgle and gush with melted snow. The place is alive- you can see what inspired their old religious beliefs

by Anonymousreply 14October 20, 2021 9:59 PM

Malaga, Alicante, and even though it’s a few kilometers inland, Montpellier.

by Anonymousreply 15October 20, 2021 10:01 PM

The island of Malta seems like an interesting place. Valletta is their capital.

I'd love to travel to Venice too.

by Anonymousreply 16October 20, 2021 10:03 PM

[quote]Istanbul is not on the Mediterranean, just saying.

The Mediterranean is made up of 12 marginal seas; the Baleric, Adriatic, Aegean, etc.

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by Anonymousreply 17October 20, 2021 10:04 PM

LOL @ including Beirut and Algiers in that list.

Why not also mention Benghazi?

by Anonymousreply 18October 20, 2021 10:06 PM

[quote]Malaga, Alicante, and even though it’s a few kilometers inland, Montpellier.

Alicante and Malaga are so synomous with tourism; you forget that they're real, working cities where people live.

by Anonymousreply 19October 20, 2021 10:08 PM

From this list, it's Valencia for me. I fell in love with that quaint little town the second I arrived.

by Anonymousreply 20October 20, 2021 10:09 PM

Rome is only 7 km from the sea.

by Anonymousreply 21October 20, 2021 10:10 PM

Palermo and Barcelona thus far. I would love to visit the others on the list. The Mediterranean is endlessly fascinating to me.

by Anonymousreply 22October 20, 2021 10:10 PM

^ LOL. That "quaint little town" has over 800,000 inhabitants and is the third largest city in Spain.

by Anonymousreply 23October 20, 2021 10:11 PM

Me! R4

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by Anonymousreply 25October 20, 2021 10:12 PM

How was it, R24?

by Anonymousreply 26October 20, 2021 10:13 PM

Your point, r17? According to the map in your scholarly tome, uh Wikipedia, it's not on the Mediterranean. Thanks.

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by Anonymousreply 27October 21, 2021 12:13 AM

No, R27. If you look at the section on "Marginal Seas" in the wikipedia article, they are included as part of the Mediterranean.

by Anonymousreply 28October 21, 2021 12:18 AM

Someone mentioned Tangier, but it isn’t on the Mediterranean either; it’s on the Atlantic end of the Strait of Gibraltar - outside the Pillars of Hercules.

by Anonymousreply 29October 21, 2021 12:22 AM

Alexandria, barbarian.

by Anonymousreply 30October 21, 2021 12:29 AM

And if you look at the map under "Extent" it is clearly not included.

by Anonymousreply 31October 21, 2021 12:31 AM

You're correct, R31. Mea culpa.

by Anonymousreply 32October 21, 2021 12:37 AM


It's so gay!!!

by Anonymousreply 33October 21, 2021 12:43 AM

Algiers is a huge interesting city, dum dum R18. As is Tunis, location of Carthage. I prefer Oran to Algiers, however.

by Anonymousreply 34October 21, 2021 12:44 AM

[quote]And if you look at the map under "Extent" it is clearly not included.

What are you talking about? You must be trolling. The map to the right of the "Extent" section shows the borders of the Mediterranean Sea and it includes all marginal seas. The article mentions Barcelona and Athens as cities on the Mediterranean, not as cities that should be separately classified as cities on the Balearic and Aegean Seas.

by Anonymousreply 35October 21, 2021 12:52 AM

Oh right, right, R31. Now I see what you're getting at. Istanbul isn't on the Mediterranean.

by Anonymousreply 36October 21, 2021 12:58 AM

Barcelona is a wonderful place, but it risks being completely overwhelmed by tourists.

by Anonymousreply 37October 21, 2021 12:59 AM

Barcelona is for the young, however, into popular entertainment and sex.

by Anonymousreply 38October 21, 2021 1:17 AM

I want to go where the swarthiest, hairiest men are.

by Anonymousreply 39October 21, 2021 1:49 AM

[quote]I want to go where the swarthiest, hairiest men are.

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by Anonymousreply 40October 21, 2021 1:53 AM

Salerno is very underrated.

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by Anonymousreply 41October 21, 2021 2:21 AM

Mine is where the meatiest dicks are.

by Anonymousreply 42October 21, 2021 2:58 AM

I love Cádiz, but unfortunately for this thread it's just outside the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic.

by Anonymousreply 43October 21, 2021 3:24 AM

Salerno is a town.

by Anonymousreply 44October 21, 2021 3:41 AM

Only one of these I've been to is Istanbul on a stopover, was not impressed. Struck me as a shithole, full of touts, and my luggage was gone through while in storage. Everything was expensive too

I'd love to go to Tel Aviv, so I picked that one

by Anonymousreply 45October 21, 2021 5:30 AM

Like any vast city, Istanbul depends on when and where you went. I stayed on the European side one summer with a family there who knew all of the best places. It was magical--the beauty of the men, the architecture, the sea, the art, the music, some of the best seafood, the hamam, the shops. I'd go back but of course it wouldn't be the same.

by Anonymousreply 46October 21, 2021 5:48 AM

Nissa la Bella

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by Anonymousreply 47October 21, 2021 6:15 AM

How long ago did you go to Istanbul, R45?

by Anonymousreply 48October 21, 2021 6:50 AM

Almost 20 years ago, may have changed since. Hopefully for the better, but given Erdogan is running the joint now, maybe not?

by Anonymousreply 49October 21, 2021 10:50 AM

I visited Turkey in 2004 and had a wonderful time. But I wouldn’t even dream of going back now.

by Anonymousreply 50October 21, 2021 3:25 PM

Thessaloniki is on the Aegean Sea, not the Med.

by Anonymousreply 51October 21, 2021 3:29 PM

Ah, Americans and geography, a pair never to meet.

by Anonymousreply 52October 21, 2021 3:38 PM

R52 I know right? Personally I've always thought that the Falklands were the true jewel of the Mediterranean.

by Anonymousreply 53October 21, 2021 4:32 PM

Barcelona is on the Balearic Sea.

Palermo and Naples are on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

by Anonymousreply 54October 21, 2021 5:13 PM

[quote]Thessaloniki is on the Aegean Sea, not the Med.

And Marseille is on the Gulf of Lion. And Beirut is on the Levantine Sea. And Tunis is on the Sea of Sicily. And Venice is on the Adriatic ...

My God! There are no cities on the Mediterranean!

by Anonymousreply 55October 21, 2021 6:31 PM

Menton, France

by Anonymousreply 56October 21, 2021 6:39 PM

I think OP is referring to the Mediterranean as a general cultural and historical region, not simply listing every city that happens to be on the Mediterranean Sea. In which case all of the suggestions he listed are correct. Why does everyone have to nitpick so incessantly?

by Anonymousreply 57October 21, 2021 7:41 PM

R51 Mediterranean is wider term and includes not only places situated on the Mediterranean sea, but the surrounding seas like Adriatic, Ligurian, Aegean and Black sea.

by Anonymousreply 58October 21, 2021 7:56 PM

And I forgot Tyrrhenian sea. Italy is situated on Adriatic, Ligurian and Tyrrhenian sea, and you can't say it's not a Mediterranean country.

by Anonymousreply 59October 21, 2021 8:02 PM

Any superyacht out of Antibes.

by Anonymousreply 60October 21, 2021 10:21 PM

Palermo is an astonishing place. One minute you are in a modern Italian city, the next you are in a bomb site. I saw a beautiful Baroque square entirely in ruins, with hundreds of broken statues piled up. There is still damage from the Allied Landings which has never been repaired(guess who took the money). The history and architecture from successive invaders make for a fascinating trip. My favourite place was Monreale on the outskirts of the city. The Byzantine style cathedral is incredibly beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 61October 21, 2021 10:52 PM

I wish I still had a sea.

by Anonymousreply 62October 22, 2021 12:37 AM

[quote]I'd love to travel to Venice too.

Don't wait too long.

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by Anonymousreply 63October 22, 2021 3:51 PM

Menton, France and Salerno, Italy are two I haven't heard of before.

by Anonymousreply 64October 24, 2021 8:32 PM

Menton, in particular, looks amazing.

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by Anonymousreply 65October 24, 2021 8:34 PM

I loved Menton, it’s not too far from Nice, which is also amazing and has a little more going on than Menton does.

by Anonymousreply 66October 24, 2021 8:44 PM

I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece, where I sipped champagne on a yacht.

by Anonymousreply 67October 24, 2021 10:01 PM

Corsica, Sardinia, Cannes, Nice, Saint Tropez, Athens, Malta,

by Anonymousreply 68October 24, 2021 10:21 PM

Beirut, Tel Aviv and Istanbul ? These are not part of the Mediterranean cities.

by Anonymousreply 69October 24, 2021 10:24 PM

R69, what sea do you suppose Beirut and Tel Aviv are situated on?

by Anonymousreply 70October 24, 2021 11:40 PM

"Why does everyone have to nitpick so incessantly?"

R57 -- bitterness, loneliness, and lack of sex since the turn of the century are the reasons that immediately spring to mind.

by Anonymousreply 71October 24, 2021 11:45 PM

R65 I used to rent an apartment in your picture for my holiday in Menton each year back in the early 90s.

It's a beautiful city. It was so cool walking along the promenade into Italy for a gelato, before walking back into France.

Jean Cocteau's Salle des Marriages is beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 72October 25, 2021 12:34 AM

Split is the best.

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by Anonymousreply 75October 25, 2021 2:48 PM

Tel Aviv has amazing architecture.

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by Anonymousreply 76October 27, 2021 8:37 PM

Vivian Vance, ya dirty cunt.

by Anonymousreply 77October 27, 2021 8:41 PM

No French Riviera cities?

by Anonymousreply 78October 27, 2021 8:41 PM

The problem is OP's criterion of "over 100,000".

There go Villefranche and Eze, e.g.

Get a map, r69!

by Anonymousreply 79October 27, 2021 8:48 PM

[quote]No French Riviera cities?

Eh, hello, Marseille?

by Anonymousreply 80October 27, 2021 9:44 PM

[quote]The problem is OP's criterion of "over 100,000".

OK, let's drop that.

by Anonymousreply 81October 27, 2021 9:45 PM
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