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'''Mediterranean Europe''' is the name of the region which encompasses those countries in the South of [[Europe]] that are close to the Mediterranean Sea. They have a common climate, so they are similar in many ways: culture, food, etc.
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Historic cities with a clearly Mediterranean culture include many outside the region — [[Sudak]] in [[Ukraine]], [[Akko|Acre]] in [[Israel]], [[Alexandria]] in [[Egypt]], and [[Carthage]] in [[Tunisia]].
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== Countries ==
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|<u>'''Alphabetic'''</u>||<u>'''West to East'''</u>
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* [[Albania|<font color="darkviolet">'''Albania'''</font>]]
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* [[Andorra|<font color="darkviolet">'''Andorra'''</font>]]
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* [[Bosnia and Herzegovina|<font color="red">'''Bosnia and Herzegovina'''</font>]]
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* [[Croatia|<font color="green">'''Croatia'''</font>]]
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* [[Cyprus|<font color="green">'''Cyprus (Greek part)'''</font>]]
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* [[Greece|<font color="blue">'''Greece'''</font>]]
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* [[Italy|<font color="#ff6b00">'''Italy'''</font>]]
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* [[Kosovo|<font color="#ff6b00">'''Kosovo'''</font>]]
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* [[Republic of Macedonia|<font color="#d6d600">'''Macedonia'''</font>]]
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* [[Malta|<font color="darkviolet">'''Malta'''</font>]]
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* [[Monaco|<font color="red">'''Monaco'''</font>]]
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* [[Montenegro|<font color="#00ffff">'''Montenegro'''</font>]]
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* [[Northern Cyprus|<font color="green">'''Northern Cyprus (Turkish part)'''</font>]]
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* [[Portugal|<font color="green">'''Portugal'''</font>]]
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* [[San Marino|<font color="blue">'''San Marino'''</font>]]
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* [[Serbia|<font color="#ff6b00">'''Serbia'''</font>]]
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* [[Slovenia|<font color="#00adef">'''Slovenia'''</font>]]
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* [[Spain|<font color="blue">'''Spain'''</font>]]
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* [[Turkey|<font color="red">'''Turkey'''</font>]]
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* [[Vatican City|<font color="black">'''Vatican City'''</font>]]
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* [[Portugal|<font color="green">'''Portugal'''</font>]]
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* [[Spain|<font color="blue">'''Spain'''</font>]]
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* [[Andorra|<font color="darkviolet">'''Andorra'''</font>]] (''between Spain and France'')
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* [[Monaco|<font color="red">'''Monaco'''</font>]] (''on seaside, surrounded by France'')
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* [[Italy|<font color="#ff6b00">'''Italy'''</font>]]
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* [[Vatican City|<font color="black">'''Vatican City'''</font>]] (''surrounded by Rome, Italy'')
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* [[San Marino|<font color="blue">'''San Marino'''</font>]] (''near East coast of surrounding Italy'')
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* [[Malta|<font color="darkviolet">'''Malta'''</font>]] (''island South of Italy'')
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* [[Slovenia|<font color="#00adef">'''Slovenia'''</font>]] (''between Italy and Croatia '')
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* [[Croatia|<font color="green">'''Croatia'''</font>]]
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* [[Bosnia and Herzegovina|<font color="red">'''Bosnia and Herzegovina'''</font>]]
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* [[Montenegro|<font color="#00ffff">'''Montenegro'''</font>]]
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* [[Albania|<font color="darkviolet">'''Albania'''</font>]]
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* [[Serbia|<font color="#ff6b00">'''Serbia'''</font>]]
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* [[Kosovo|<font color="#ff6b00">'''Kosovo'''</font>]]
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* [[Republic of Macedonia|<font color="#d6d600">'''Macedonia'''</font>]]
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* [[Greece|<font color="blue">'''Greece'''</font>]]
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* [[Turkey|<font color="red">'''Turkey'''</font>]]
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* [[Cyprus|<font color="green">'''Cyprus (Greek part)'''</font>]]
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* [[Northern Cyprus|<font color="green">'''Northern Cyprus (Turkish part)'''</font>]]
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== Other territories ==
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* [[Gibraltar]] in the strait between Spain and Africa
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== Cities ==
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While the best parts of Southern Europe are probably the coast, and the cities can be loud, hot, and noisy, these great cities are must-sees for your vacation:
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* [[Athens]], [[Greece]] - Smoggy and crowded concrete city of famous Greek ruins, especially the Acropolis hill
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* [[Barcelona]], [[Spain]] - Another historic city with a huge, but unfinished, cathedral
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* [[Dubrovnik]], [[Croatia]] - Coastal town full of orange rooftops and back streets
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* [[Istanbul]], [[Turkey]] - City on two continents, has two massive mosques and one massive bazaar
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* [[Lisbon]], [[Portugal]] - Although facing the Atlantic Ocean, this city still has a Mediterranean culture
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* [[Marseilles]], [[France]] - One of the Med's great ports
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* [[Ohrid]], [[Macedonia]] - The coast of lake Ohrid, with it's beautifull churches, it has a Mediterranean culture
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* [[Naples]], [[Italy]] - Center of southern Italy
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* [[Rome]], [[Italy]] - Eternal city of Roman ruins, and headquarters of the Catholic church
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* [[Venice]], [[Italy]] - World famous city of canals
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* [[Nice]], [[France]] - Lively metropolis on the French Riviera with excellent flight connections
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== Itineraries ==
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== Understand ==
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All countries in Mediterranean Europe share a warm to hot, mostly coastal climate. This very sunny part of Europe doesn't have as much vegetation has the rest of Europe. The culture here is quite informal compared to life in Northern Europe.
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== Get in ==
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=== By plane ===
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Major airports can be found in the following cities:
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* [[Lisbon]]
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* [[Madrid]]
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* [[Barcelona]]
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* [[Marseilles]]
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* [[Venice]]
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* [[Milan]]
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* [[Pisa]] (for [[Florence]])
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* [[Rome]]
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* [[Nice]]
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* [[Naples]]
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* [[Athens]]
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* [[Istanbul]]
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* [[Skopje]]
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* [[Dubrovnik]]
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=== By car ===
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=== By train ===
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== Get around ==
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=== By boat ===
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See  [[Ferries in the Mediterranean]]
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{{related|Ferries_in_the_Mediterranean}}
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===By car===
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== See ==
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== Do ==
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* [[Seville|Seville's]] old center, see the massive cathedral
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* Relax in [[Madrid|Madrid's]] Plaza Mayor, and see the Prado art museum
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* Stroll the Ramblas in [[Barcelona]]
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* If you're extremely brave, participate in [[Pamplona|Pamplona's]] Running of the Bulls
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* See the windmills of La Mancha, imagine your Don Quixote fighting them
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* Take a romantic, but expensive gondola ride in [[Venice]], ride the Traghetto as a cheap, non-romantic alternative
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* Get lost in the back streets of Venice
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* Visit the balcony of Juliet in [[Verona]], even though there's no proof at all its related to Romeo and Juliet, skip the pricey museum inside the house
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* Take a ferry across either Lake [[Lake Como|Como]], [[Lake Maggiore|Maggiore]], or [[Lake Garda|Garda]]
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* Hige between towns in the [[Cinque Terre]], and relax in a cafe overlooking the sea in [[Vernazza]]
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* Cross the Ponte Vecchio, Go to the top of the Duomo dome, relax in Boboli Gardens, and tour the Uffizi and Accademia art galleries, all in [[Florence]]
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* Visit an Italian hill town, like [[San Gimignano]], [[Siena]], [[Civita di Bagnoregio]], or [[Orvieto]]
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* See the Forum in [[Rome]]
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* Stroll central Rome, including the Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish steps, and memorable coin throwing experience at the Trevi Fountain
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* See facist architectire at the EUR outside Rome
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* See St. Peter's basilica, including the crypt and top of the dome, in Rome
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* Tour the Vatican Museums, including the famous Vatican staircase, Sistine Chapel, and Raphael Rooms, in Rome
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* Go to the top of [[Vesuvius|Mt. Vesuvius]], and see the bizarre, lunar-like landscape
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* See the destroyed Roman towns of [[Herculaneum]] or [[Pompeii]], both ruined by Vesuvius
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* Go to [[Capri]], ride the funicular, and see the Blue Grotto
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* Visit [[Lake Bled]] in Slovenia
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* Visit historic [[Dubrovnik]]
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* Visit the ancient churches and monasteries around lake [[Ohrid]]
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* Explore the Acropolis hill in [[Athens]]
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* Cruise to various Greek Islands, like [[Crete]] and [[Santorini]]
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* Browse through the mammoth Grand Bazaar, the first shopping mall of the world, in [[Istanbul]]
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== Buy ==
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== Sleep ==
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*'''Xanascat''' National Network of [http://www.xanascat.cat Youth Hostels] for Barcelona and Cataluña. They have 46 hostels throughout the region with rates ranging from 15€ to 25€ per night. Now offering '''discounts of 10%''' for online reservations.
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== Eat ==
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[[WikiPedia:Southern Europe]]
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[[ru:Южная Европа]]
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