Still dreaming about that Mediterranean holiday you’ve promised yourself ever since university. Well, how about stop dreaming and start planning your trip to the Mediterranean right now.
The Mediterranean Sea offers long sunny days, turquoise water and picturesque islands – plus heaps of history, culture and a thriving gastronomy worthy of the fussiest of foodies.
But what are some of its most significant traits? And why should you consider going on this type of holiday here? Dreamlines highlights the most distinctive events that cannot be missed out of your Mediterranean holiday in 2018!
1 – Colosseum Night Tour
Where: Rome, Italy
When: June to September (daily at 8pm)
Want to learn more about the historic cultures that ruled Europe in times gone by? If so, a trip to the Roman Colosseum is a must. On most evenings, the Colosseum will promote a magical experience that will take visitors through the ancient arena and underground. Stroll around the Rome’s most iconic site under the moonlights, free of crowds, just as past artists did. Check out the hypogeum, the underground area, where gladiators waited before entering for battle. Don’t miss this fascinating journey!
2 – 71st Cannes Film Festival
Where: Cannes, France
When: 24 – 27 May, 2018
The world’s most famous film festival turns the charming French city of Cannes into a grand open-air party. Each year, the French Riviera transforms into the worldwide film business hub, where the big stars are looking their most glamorous and getting their photos shared across the globe. Watch new films and explore the place in its full glory!
3 – Monaco Grand Prix
Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco
When: 24 – 27 May, 2018
Monaco Grand Prix is unlike any race on earth and the most famous race on the F1 calendar. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place in one of the most charming destinations in The Mediterranean. The thriving heart of the city of Monte Carlo is transformed every year for probably grand prix racing’s greatest fixture. When the track actions stops each night, the circuit is thrown open to the visitors. Hundreds stroll to dinner along some of the most famous restaurants in the world. Monaco Grand Prix is the party you should be afraid to miss!
4 – Sónar Festival
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 14 – 16 June, 2018
Barcelona’s premier three-day electronic and advanced arts festival offers fantastic weather, a beautiful city and lots of music. The festival has been for almost a quarter of a century uniting avant-garde music, creativity and people in a unique environment. Barcelona’s premier festival is more than three days to experience the meeting of creative minds and celebrate the summer. The Sónar Festival is something you will want to repeat!
5 – Fête de la Musique
Where: Marseille, France
When: 21st June, 2018
Fête de la Musique takes place in all cities of France and is the most popular celebration of the year marking the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and, therefore, the longest day of the year. Fête de la Musique is a celebration that brings people together, offering them a chance to enjoy sounds from all over the world. Participate in the vibrant sounds and beats of the global celebration of music in Marseille, France!
6 – Festa del Redentore
Where: Venice, Italy
When: 14 – 15 July, 2018
Festa del Redentore (the Redeemer’s Feast) is one of the most picturesque and much loved local festival. The festivities last a whole weekend and combine religious processions, huge fireworks and regattas. If you want to make the most out of this Venetian festival, be sure to visit the St Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs for a spectacular boat shows.
7 – Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia
When: July – August, 2018
Croatia’s largest cultural event is held annually in Dubrovnik during July and August and is mostly classic music, dance, theatre and folklore celebration. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival sees more than 80 art performances at various open-air locations in the old town. The unique atmosphere of Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, makes the festival an indispensable event for art lovers.
8 – Xlsior Festival Mykonos
Where: Mykonos, Greece
When: August, 2018
A hugely popular dance party festival on the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos brings you the “crème de la crème” of the LGBT World. Xlsior Festival brings thousands of tourists to the great glamour island of Greece to dance all day and all night long and party hard. The Xlsior celebrates diversity with an intense program of events that take place in various open-air venues on the island, including the famous outdoor night club Cavo Paradiso.