The turquoise waters of Greece and Turkey, the authentic charm of Southern Italy. Visit the South of France for gastronomy delights, or Spain and its islands for colourful vibrancy and contrasts. The superb beaches of the Algarve. Then in Morocco experience a melting pot of exotic cultures. All are just a short 2 to 4 hours flight from the UK.
Facts about The Mediterranean & North Africa
The coast of the Mediterranean runs past 22 countries.
The five largest islands in the Mediterranean are Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, Corsica and Crete.
More than forty-five beaches in Cyprus have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety.
The official name of Spain is ‘The Kingdom of Spain’.
The Canary Islands is derived from a Latin term which translates to ‘Island of the Dogs’. There are thirteen Canary Islands, which are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isle de Lobos, Montana Clara, Rogue del Este and Rogue del Oeste.
Tenerife’s flag is the same as Scotland’s.
Portugal has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
Portugal produces 70% of the world’s cork exports. Main importers of Portuguese cork are: Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. The country also has the largest cork forest.
Portugal has the longest bridge in Europe. The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is 10.5 miles (17 kilometres) long.
A popular misconception is that the capital of Turkey is Istanbul, when in fact it’s actually Ankara.
Turkey introduced coffee to Europe.
Santa Claus is from Turkey! Saint Nicholas was born far from the North Pole, in Patara.
Morocco is about the same size as the state of California. From 1912 to 1956, Morocco was divided into French and Spanish zones. There are just two small Spanish-controlled areas still remaining today (Ceuta and Melilla).
The Fez is a type of hat named after the Moroccan city. Ironically, it was made famous by the Ottomans, who never actually ruled Morocco.