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The most underrated city of the Mediterranean by National Geographic

Самые недооцененные города Средиземноморья по версии National GeographicThe TOP 5 cities.

Magazine National Geographic has called the most underrated tourist destinations in the Mediterranean basin, which are worth a visit. As the newspaper notes, is traditionally the cities like Rome or Barcelona, are the most popular among tourists, and it’s well deserved.

However, these two cities can also become the perfect starting point for a more detailed study of the culture and traditions of other regions of the Mediterranean coast, where you can also find a lot of things interesting.

Top 5 cities in the Mediterranean region, which are worth a visit, are published on the website of National Geographic Travel.

Valencia (Spain)

The South-Eastern port city of Spain, Valencia is home to two world-famous Spanish dishes: paella (rice, tinted a saffron, with addition of olive oil) and horchata (a few types of soft drinks, prepared from ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or chufa nodules). Both culinary creations still can be found throughout the city.

Experts also suggest to visit the city Park Turia Gardens with numerous bridges, encircling the entire Valencia like a river. This form of the Park owes to the flood of 1957, after which the flow of local rivers decided to take another direction and freed the territory equipped for Hiking and Cycling tracks. By the way, in the gardens is the Museum of modern art of Valencia with free admission on Sundays and Fridays.

Tunisia (Tunisia)

After two terrorist attacks in 2015 for tourism in the capital of Tunisia has come a significant decline. But now this stunning North African city again began to attract tourists.

Particularly interesting for travelers can be well-preserved ruins of Carthage Dating back to 814 BC, This port junction in the Tunis Gulf is reminiscent of Pompeii. Here visitors can see the infrastructure built by the Romans and Phoenicians, including large public baths, amphitheatre and cemeteries.

While the nearby village of Sidi Bou said offers a more modern perspective on life in Tunis: white buildings with blue shutters and bougainvillea, shops and cafes, where you can hide from the heat. The Medina in Tunis, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its many souvenir shops where you can buy handmade ceramics, spices, incense, glass lamps, braided rugs and many other things. At the same time, experts remind that bargaining with sellers is common in the Tunis Medina, and because tourists can safely fight for a better price.

Cagliari (Sardinia)

The city of Cagliari, located on the Italian island of Sardinia, is divided into two parts. The newer part of the city there is at sea level, while the old quarter of Castello is located on top of a hill, which can be reached by numerous zig-zag ramps or steep stairs.

Particularly, experts suggest a walk along one of the Central streets of the city of Largo Carlo Felice, with its many cafes with desserts to suit every taste. After that, we should go to the pedestrian street of via Giuseppe Manno with shops that predominantly sell goods of the Italian manufacturers. At the end of this street you can find limestone arched gates that lead to the famous and historical quarter of Castello. Here there is an exit to the palm-lined terrace, which offers wonderful views of the city and harbour, and the medieval part of Cagliari.

Built 800 years ago in the streets of the Castello quarter, so narrow that remain shaded even when the sun is directly over them. Nature lovers also advised to go to the Park Molentargius – protected wetlands, home to flocks of flamingos and other water birds. The site is located just a 10-15 minute drive from the city.

Trapani (Sicily)

The coastal town of Trapani remains unfairly not popular among tourists. Itself walking the historic district of Trapani is really quite small, and it can be completely around in one day. However, it is better to go to the top of mount Erice by cable car or by cable car. It only takes 10 minutes, and hence will see the whole of Trapani.

Also here you can visit the medieval town of Erice, which also features the famous Norman Castello Di Venere (Venus castle) made of stones with excellent panoramic views of the cliffs and manicured gardens. It is noted that, unfortunately, cableway Trapani Erice is seasonal, and therefore the schedule should read in advance. At the same time, the tourists traveling in the off-season can quickly get to the top of the mountain by taxi.

Palma (Mallorca)

The city of Palma, more commonly known as Palma de Mallorca is the main town and port of the Spanish Autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, and, in fact, one of the largest cities of Spain. Known primarily pearls, almonds and yachts. Its name the city has received thanks to the numerous palm trees growing here. Especially, experts recommend to stroll through the arched promenades, the main shopping street Avenue James III and Pace Boulevard de Las Ramblas, which is a smaller version of the popular Boulevard of Barcelona.

A 10-minute drive from the centre of town you find the famous Bellver castle in the Gothic style, with a magnificent view of the vast harbour of the Palm trees, filled with yachts. A 30-minute drive North from Palma is the mountain town of Valldemossa, situated around the monastery.

Bright green shutters and stone houses on the hillside are the norm, and instead use numbers to indicate addresses on the houses here lay out colorful tiles depicting religious scenes. The city also has a crown cakes: coca patata (potato roll, covered with powdered sugar) and d ametlles gato (almond cake).

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