Top 5 Historical Islands in the Mediterranean

From ancient sacred temples to towering mountain ranges, Blue Parallel brings you the top five most fascinating historical islands within the Mediterranean.

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Sicily retains a distinct history and culture forged by years of foreign rule from the the Greek to the Romans from the Byzantine to the Spaniards. Beautiful, ancient ruins dot the landscape of this island. The Valley of Temples in Agrigento is a splendid archaeological site that consists of eight temples built between 510 and 430 BC. The acropolis is made up of numerous temples, including those of Hera, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux, Hephaestos, Demeter, and Asclepius. This unique and historically important site is a must see while visiting the enchanting island of Sicily and with Blue Parallel you will be able to bike through the valleys on a private tour.


 

Corsica, France

Described by German theorist, Friedrich Ratzel, as the “mountain of the sea”, Corsica has been the host of a variety of civilizations and cultures due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean. Corsica is home to phenomenal citadels and fortresses dating back to before the 13th century, as well as prehistoric ruins in the mountains. In Bonifacio, an impressive citadel that is built into the coastal cliffs looms out over the Mediterranean. The citadel encompasses the old town which also features architecture from previous civilizations. From your private yacht in the azure waters of the sea, take in the impressive cliffs and citadel as you sip on champagne.


 

 

Santorini, Greece 

Renowned for its breathtaking views of the Mediterranean contrasting against its steep cliffs and beautiful landscape forged by ancient volcanic activity, the island of Santorini is rich with tradition from their Minoan, Greek, Roman and Byzantine predecessors. It boasts a number of historic sites. Thira, or the ancient Santorini, comprises an eclectic mixture of ruins, including a number of temples, mosaic floors, an agora and even a historic gym with architectural elements from Hellenistic, Roman and also Byzantine eras. In the western part of the island lies Akrotiri, a remarkably well preserved ruin of an ancient Minoan outpost which was covered completely in volcanic ash following a major eruption in 1650 BC. Go on a fascinating hike with your expert guide along the cliffs for the best panoramic views.


 

 

Korčula, Croatia 

The birthplace of Marco Polo: Korčula, Croatia is a charming Venetian-style town well-embedded into the Dalmatian coastal landscape. This romantic and charming island has a rich and long history that is apparent throughout the city. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern, an arrangement meant to look like the skeleton of a herring fish. The town’s historic sites include the Cathedral of St. Mark, the Town Hall, and the massive city fortifications. The Cathedral of St. Mark is especially noteworthy as it was built in the 13th century and demonstrates characteristics of both Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

 


 

Delos, Greece 

The enchanting island of Delos, Greece is not only home to many historical sites it has the esteemed recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to Greek mythology, the island is the birthplace of both Artemis and Apollo. At the time Delos was one of the most important sacred sites for ancient Greeks. At the height of the Greek empire, the island was covered in exquisite temples and sanctuaries dedicated to a variety of Gods. Today, it is a truly fascinating archaeological site. The ruins of ancient Delos extend north and south along the coast and consist of four main areas: the Maritime Quarter; Theater District; Sanctuary of Apollo; and Lion District.