The Mediterranean has long served as a cultural crossroads, luring pilgrims, tourists and emperors alike. But the region is far more than the vacation hotspots with which it is so often associated. More than 20 countries across three continents share the coastline, and the number of people, histories and cultures across the area make it one of the most diverse and fascinating places to explore. Visit French soccer stadiums and Spanish flamenco dance shows, trace the histories of Egypt’s stolen antiquities and get an up-close look at the global power of the Albanian mafia. You’ll also meet the unlikely surfers of the Gaza Strip and the displaced Syrians, driven out of their homes by violence, now rebuilding their lives in foreign lands. Alongside excellent writing and photography, the guide features one of our trademark cover illustrations, showcasing the many ways people have traversed these waters.
Sarah El-Shaarawi, Christina Zanfagna with Anya de Marie, Sean Jacobs, Angela Serratore, Alex Hannaford, Joelle Quinn, Zarlasht Halaimzai, Saneta Devuono-Powell, Txema Salvans, Andrew McConnell, Vesna Maric, Cassim Shepard