Top 3 Incentive Mediterranean Destinations

Lara Owen Reporter, C&IT
Top 3 Incentive Mediterranean Destinations

The most awe-inspiring Mediterranean destinations for those planning incentive travel experiences.  

1. Naples, Italy

In the heart of the Campania region, Naples is a culturally rich city that provides access to an active volcano, captivating islands, and one of the world’s most stunning stretches of coast; the Amalfi Coast. 

Make Traditional Neapolitan Pizza

Voted the best pizzeria in the home of pizza, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana gives you a private pizza making class in a traditional chef’s kitchen, taking you through the process whilst journeying you through the history of this delicacy. As the world’s oldest ‘fast food’, you will be able to enjoy your creation on the spot, fresh out of the wood fired oven.

Immerse yourself in Archeological History

Naples is very well connected with plenty of buses, trains and metros. However some of the key things to experience are within walking distance from the hotel centre. Established in 1777, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli holds some of Naples most esteemed collections, including Roman artefacts from the nearby Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum sites. 

Once you have a taste for the incredible history, take a 20 minute excursion to Pompeii to witness the remarkable Roman city remains for yourself.

2. Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Situated at the base of the Maritime Alps along the spectacular French Riviera, Monte-Carlo has a rich history of extravagance and splendour. From Monaco Cathedral to its infamous Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo offers a once in a lifetime escape. 

A Night at the Opera

The Opera de Monte-Carlo is a theatre and opera house which is home to the world famous Monte-Carlo Casino. The building has windows that overlook the magnificent Mediterranean, making it the only opera house to feature exterior views from within the concert space. With stunning views of the district throughout spring and summer, off-season is still essential as the venue hosts the spectacular Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival every November. From concerts to ballet to operatic creations, Opera de Monte-Carlo is an unparalleled experience. 

Get a dose of the Grand Prix 

Monte-Carlo is of course home to the Monaco Grand Prix, but there are other spectacular races throughout the year that offer more than just fast cars such as the sustainability focused Formula E ePrix and the deeply insightful Monaco Historic Grand Prix. 

If you are unable to make the races, you can drive along the Monaco Grand Prix track along with the most scenic roads of the French Riviera in a Ferrari or Lamborghini of your choice with a unique driving experience. You can also delve into Prince Rainier III's impressive car collection of vehicles from around the globe, he opened the Cars Collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco museum in 19993 to display this astonishing assembly.

3. Athens, Greece 

Steeped in history and culture, Athens is not short of things to experience. Whether you;’re exploring the winding streets of Plaka or admiring the grand Temple of Olympian Zeus; exploring these ancient monuments gives a fascinating insight into the second oldest city in Europe.

Get Lost in Grecian Art and History

You’d struggle to name a more iconic sight in any part of the world than the Acropolis. Situated on a rocky outcrop for 2,500 years, the ancient structures have now been absorbed into a sprawling modern metropolis, but they don’t lose their magnificence.

Considered the greatest architectural feats of Greek antiquity, the Parthenon temple is perfectly proportioned and regarded as the world’s finest Doric masterpiece. 

If you’re looking for something more modern, The National Museum of Contemporary Art is Athens’s answer to the Tate Modern, Centre Pmpidou or The MoMA. With exhibitions of Greek and international artists across all media from painting to experimental architecture; the museum’s impressive collection is housed within a vast property which is a former brewery - Greek beer Fix was once made here.

Into the Secret Gardens

If you need to escape the busy crowds whilst on your city break, tucked away in the heart of Athens are the National Gardens offering a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the capital.

This outstanding park was commissioned by the first Queen of Greece, Queen Amalia, in 1838. Taking two years to complete, the gardens hold sixteen hectares of winding gravel paths, charming ponds and a small zoo with wild goats, peacocks and chickens.