By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
All of the islands of the Mediterranean have served pretty much the same role across history: an offshore sanctuary, a supply depot, a marshalling place for navies. Think of them as aircraft carriers.
Cyprus, Crete, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, and the Balearics have all fit that description.
Safe harbors, on the ancient trading routes for long-vanished peoples, as well as for wave upon wave of empire builders including the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Vikings, the Spanish, and the English.
And then right along the watery highway for incoming Islamic tribes, and then for outgoing Crusaders.
Today, close enough for invading holiday makers to hop on a ferry or a flight from the mainland to the beach.
September has been unseasonably, ridiculously hot in the Mediterranean, topping 42C or 108F recently. Today some of us were quite happy to welcome gray skies and a light sprinkle of rain. Snow would be even nicer, but that is not yet on the horizon.
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