Mediterranean Destinations

Largest islands in the Mediterranean

Largest islands in the Mediterranean

On the Mediterranean Sea in ancient times, there were many trade routes, there were constant wars over the territory. Islands of the Mediterranean Sea, in many scattered on the boundless sea surface, were declared the property of those who found them first or conquered, if they were worth it.

Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea had an important strategic importance in the Middle Ages, being at the crossroads of trade routes. It is washed by 3 seas at once: Ionian, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian. During the wars of conquest, it became politically entrenched in Italy. The area is 25460 km², the capital is Palermo, with a population of 5 million people.

Sardinia

Sardinia is an island in the Mediterranean Sea Also belongs to Italy, located between Sicily and Corsica to the west of the Apennine peninsula. The name translates as “sandalwood”, according to legend the Creator left his mark on the island. The capital is Cagliari with a population of 1.6 million people. The territory is 23813 km². It is considered to be one of the most ecologically clean in the Mediterranean Sea, has preserved the national culture. It is famous for its caves, granite cliffs and numerous annual festivals.

Corsica

This French island in the Mediterranean Sea has an important historical importance for the country to which it belongs. The territory is about 8.7 km². It is famous as the birthplace of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The capital Ajaccio keeps many monuments related to the personality of Napoleon and his family. Corsican people are notable for their singularity and freedom-loving, persistently preserving their dialect, folk costumes, culture and mentality. Corsica resort is not a deafening success, but history lovers and antiquity connoisseurs come here.

Crete

Ocean myths and legends, belongs to Greece, being considered the largest of almost 1400 islands belonging to this state. The capital is Heraklion, with a population of about 2.5 million people. It is rich in ancient original culture, monuments, Mediterranean cuisine and a huge number of beaches by the warmest and most tender sea. It is a popular resort and tourist area.

Mallorca

The Spanish territory of 3.6 km² with the capital Palma de Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic archipelago. Its advantageous position in the Middle Ages has constantly attracted pirates and smugglers. Now the vast majority of visitors are tourists. A lot of artists looking for inspiration in the amazing game of light reflection and deep contrasting shadows on the surface of the sea and the surrounding landscape.

Lesbos

The island of Lesbos belongs to Greece, an area of 1.4 km², the largest city of the island is Mitylini with a population of about 9 thousand citizens. The cradle of ancient Hellenda, is not spoilt with tourist attention, as it is a large commercial port with its inherent noisiness and fussiness.

Chios

Chios on completes the magnificent ten islands in the Mediterranean Sea, popular places of tourism and recreation. Relates to Greece, the area is less than 1 thousand km. For a long time it was considered a “home” Greek resort. In recent years, it is rapidly developing a tourist destination.

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