The 'Turquoise Coast' of Southern Turkey offers a wealth of fabulous ancient sites (many only accessible by sea) and a dramatic mountainous coastline with deep blue bays and inlets, dotted with fishing harbours, lively resorts and bustling oriental bazaars. This is the Mediterranean at its most exotic.
Choose the idyllic Greek Islands for their gin-clear waters, quaint fishing harbours, white sugar-cube villages and numerous classical sites. The Cyclades never disappoint. Throw in some Athenian glamour and Mykonos glitter, and you start to realise you could come to Greece every year, all your life, and still find something new to talk about.
Astonishingly clear water reflects the dramatic scenery, picturesque islands and fascinating ancient towns of Montenegro and the beautiful Croatian coast which Italians will tell you is the 'new Amalfi'. While the region's hotels are improving, yacht charter remains the only way to explore this part of the world in absolute luxury and comfort, with island-hopping itineraries that pick out the best of the quiet bays and scenic beauty spots.