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Welcome to our Travel Theme page showcasing Travel with a Challenge's feature article collection of Mediterranean destinations, taking you from Italy and southern France, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey to Spain, Greece and the Greek Islands. These stories provide exciting travel windows on cultures and countries, nature and wildlife holidays, and active adventure vacations suitable for the senior traveler. For more inspiring articles on other European destinations, also visit our European Travel Themes page.

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Article about Spain's historic parador accommodation, Sleeping with History in Spain.
zIt is rare that a government makes a good accommodation host. Spain is the exception. The country's collection of paradors, or historic venues converted to one-of-a-kind properties dating back to medieval times, offer a thrilling opportunity to sleep with history. And, these paradores are found throughout the country!
Article about Spain's historic parador accommodation, Sleeping with History in Spain.
Article about Venice, Italy and its environmental and human challenges in the 21st century.
Comprising 118 small islands, Venice rose to be one of the great powers of the Middle Ages. Today it exercises a different compelling power that is beyond description for all who visit. The city is in a fragile state that needs the world's attention and a much lighter human footprint than it is presently experiencing.
Article about Venice, Italy and its environmental and human challenges in the 21st century.
Article about senior solo travel on the Greek Island of Folegandros.
Independent traveler, Jeann Linsley, takes us by ferry to the little-known Greek Island of Folegandros where she travels on local busses, talks to locals all over the island in her newly-acquired Greek, tastes the local cuisine and discovers the benefits of "Slow Travel".
Article about senior solo travel on the Greek Island of Folegandros.
Spanish apartment rentals.
On a visit to several of Spain's historic towns and cities, veteran travel writer, Marianne Scott, ponders the pros and cons of self catering holiday apartments as an alternative to hotel accommodation. Her experience is candid and insightful, giving readers food for thought about whether such an option could work for them.
SpainFlamenco dancing.
Walking Italy's Cinque Terre Coast.
Active outdoor journalist, Megan Kopp, explores Italy's Mediterranean west coast with an independent walking tour between five historic villages of Cinque Terre National Park. Olive groves, vineyards and pine groves overlook the rugged Mediterranean shoreline, and small-scale accommodations are the only way to go.
Walking Italy's Cinque Terre Coast.
Traditional gulet cruise of Turkey's Turquoise Coast reveals Lycian archaeology.
Join retired social worker, Bea Faulkner, on her prize-winning archaeological adventure cruise of Turkey's Lycian southwest coast. As a winner, she was invited to write about her trip for publication in Current Archaeology World magazine. Here Bea shares those same impressions with our readers.
Traditional gulet cruise of Turkey's Turquoise Coast reveals Lycian archaeology.
Article about independent senior travel through Spain's Galicia province.
A 60th birthday present of collected poems by Galicia's most celebrated poetess leads Inka Piegsa-Quischotte to explore this most northwestern province of Spain while following some of the poetess's greatest delights within her homeland. There's much more to Galicia than the fabulous pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela!
Article about independent senior travel through Spain's Galicia province.
Senior Friendly Italian Language Learning School in Sicily.
Fifty-plus and keen to immerse in Italy’s language and culture? Our New Zealand-based contributor, Venetia Sherson, journeyed to Taormina, Sicily for a two-month, senior-friendly language learning program that achieved all that and more in a picturesque, historic setting overlooked by the ever-active volcano, Mount Etna.
Senior Friendly Italian Language Learning School in Sicily.
Solo cycling around Umbria, Italy.
With only a few months of cycling practice, Arizona photographer Lorraine DarConte takes to the hills and picturesque valleys of Umbria, an independent ride except for her “virtual guide”, Giovanni. While staying in Umbria’s medieval towns and villages, she encounters friendly Italians and prices to suit her budget all along the way.
Solo cycling around Umbria, Italy.
Sailing Croatia's islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Brac.
Between Croatia’s historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik lie the major islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Brac, coveted and occupied by many masters from Greek and Roman times through the 20th century. A traditional wood and polished brass motorsailer with plenty of cabin comfort and super-fresh Dalmatian cuisine is home for an exploration of these “Jewels of the Adriatic”.
Sailing Croatia's islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Brac.
Visiting Croatia's island of Vis to sample history and wine.
Visiting Croatia's island of Vis to sample history and wine.
Guests on a Dalmatian sailing cruise are treated to an authentic insider glimpse of culture and history on Croatia’s little known Island of Vis, where the guide proudly points to gravestones marking his family’s roots there for more than 500 years and hosts these international visitors at his family vineyard and winery.
Article about hiking trails around the Cote d'Azur or French Riviera.
Stepping away from the glamour and glitz long associated with the Côte d’Azur, join guidebook author, Florence Chatzigianis, for a very personal exploration of the mountain footpaths, local islands, medieval villages, and dramatic shorelines that encourage active vacationers to experience a magical Mediterranean region from the mountains to the sea.
Article about hiking trails around the Cote d'Azur or French Riviera.
Article on Italy's pilgrimage walking trail.
What do you do after walking Spain's Camino de Santiago? Husband and wife adventurers, Neville Tencer and Julie Burk, decided to walk the 1,000 kilometer Via Francigena medieval pilgrimage route through Italy from the Swiss border to Rome. Share this couple's culinary and cultural pilgrimage.
Article on Italy's pilgrimage walking trail.
Article about Istanbul, Turkey tourism attractions.
Whether you are Alexander the Great, a medieval merchant hoping to make a fortune, or a modern day traveler curious to discover the cultural and historical highlights of this city straddling Europe and Asia, Peter Sommer explains why Istanbul has captivated him and millions of other visitors over thousands of years.
Article about Istanbul, Turkey tourism attractions.
Active vacations for senior travel in Croatia and Slovenia.
Active vacations for senior travel in Croatia and Slovenia.
Grab your trekking pole and hiking boots to come along on a challenging small-group exploration of Slovenia and Croatia's most spectacular national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all creating a stimulating adventure for senior travelers who are making their way in increasing numbers to the Western Balkans.
Crete holidays active vacations.
Crete holidays active vacations.
A rugged, mountainous landscape and 4,000 years as an eastern Mediterranean cultural crossroads have shaped Crete's unique personality, as revealed by Greek American culinary expert and island resident, Nikki Rose. Join her for a village visit and a few surprises.
Horse farm holidays and horseback riding vacations in Slovenia.
Horse farm holidays and horseback riding vacations in Slovenia. Celebrating 430 years of history in 2010, visit or stay at the original breeding and training estate for the dazzling white horses with dancing feet. Once the exclusive preserve of kings and nobles, it now welcomes vacationers for shows, tours, horseback riding and longer stays and its budget and upscale hotels on site.
Horseback vacations in Tuscany, Italy.
What better way to appreciate Italy's most popular vacation region? Join Margie Goldsmith as she ranges over the picturesque countryside, steps back in time while visiting numerous medieval villages, and savors delicious cuisine specialties from Tuscany's vineyards and kitchens.
Horseback vacations in Tuscany, Italy.
Hotlink to Meteora, Greece's spiritual pinnacles.
Greece Meteora Greek Orthodox monastaries.
Join journalist, playwright and novelist, Barney Jeffries, as he encounters the spectacular geological formations of Meteora in Central Greece and pinnacle-perched medieval monasteries that now welcome vacationers and pilgrims.
Walking Spain's Camino de Santiago.
Follow northwestern Spain's Camino de Santiago in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims over more than 1,000 years. Some articles spotlight a nine-day walking tour that takes readers from León to the ultimate destination: Santiago de Compostela. Check out our inspiring and entertaining article (right button) on the rhythms of walking the Camino independently ALL THE WAY from the Spanish/French border to Santiago de Compostela. Each additional article on this popular active vacation theme is hotlinked separately with the image buttons below:
Walking Spain's Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela.
Walking Spain's Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.
Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Walking Spain's Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela.
Walking Spain's Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela.
Exploring the Greek Islands.
Enjoy Greek Island-hopping with travel writer, Alison Gardner, as she peels back the layers of thousands of years of eastern Mediterranean occupation and explores the distinctive culture, history and cuisine of Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and more. Additional articles on the theme are hotlinked separately:
Exploring the Greek Islands.
Greek religious art.
Ladies in the Greek Islands.
Snapshots of Turkey. 
Travel journalist, Alison Gardner, shares vivid memories of an ElderTreks cultural tour through western and central Turkey. Additional mini-articles with a Turkish theme are hotlinked separately below. Click on each image to access articles on: Ballooning in Cappadocia, Carpet buying, and Turkey's first Olive Oil Museum.
Turkey article.
Carpet buying in Turkey. Turkish olive oil museum.
Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey.
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