No other body of water evokes images of beauty and romanticism than the Mediterranean Sea. The reason why it has become one of the most popular seas in the world map is that the Aegean civilization flourished around this sea. From being a center of commerce of merchants trading from Phoenicia, it has become an important trading link for routes to the East. During the Second World War, the sea also played a big role to the United States and the Soviet Union prior to its dissolution.
Getting to Know the Mediterranean Sea
One of the most common mistakes that people make is thinking that the sea is actually a separate body of water. The truth is that it is technically part of the Atlantic Ocean, covering an approximate area of 2.5 million square kilometers.
It is almost completely enclosed by land, and only a small 14-kilometer opening between Spain and Africa called the Strait of Gibraltar exists. On the eastern shores, this sea is connected to the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. All in all, there are eleven countries spanning the sea – starting from Croatia to Italy and Turkey. The largest island in the region is Sicily, which also serves as an autonomous region in Italy.
A Glimpse at the Beauty of the Mediterranean Sea
Now that you already have an idea about the basic information regarding the Mediterranean Sea, what exactly is it about this body of water which makes it such a symbol of beauty? Perhaps the best way to describe the picturesque quality of this body of water is to have a glimpse at the gorgeous islands which make it up.
As mentioned earlier, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. A major part of Italy is bordered by the sea, like Sardinia Island in addition to Sicily. So when you visit one of the beaches in gorgeous Sicily, you are actually witnessing the natural beauty of the sea of Mediterranean.
Part of the charm of Sicily is Syracuse, a 2700-year old city. It’s the birthplace of Archimedes and a luscious city where you can have an unobstructed view of the sea along with an ancient amphitheatre and traces of Greece’s ancient culture. Mt. Etna, an active volcano which is considered to be the highest in Europe, is another part of the view which is interspersed with that of the Mediterranean Sea.
There’s also the Iles d’Hyeres in France which is located off the main coast of France, south of St. Tropez. In Spain, you will see the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Minorca and Ibiza which are great cruising areas amid the Mediterranean Sea. Another Italian island which serves as the perfect background for the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea is Sardinia with its mortises and cliffs.
The Dalmatian Islands in Croatia, Cyclades in Greece and Turkey are the other stunning islands within the region which all beautifully set off the symbol of beauty that is the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.