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Mediterranean Islands

December 14, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
Located in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, a host of islands provide the perfect escape. Gibraltar, Sardinia, Corsica, and Elba officially belong to the Western European nations of Great Britain, France, and Italy, but as you’ll see, these islands have a character and culture all of their own.

Gibraltar

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Home to the famous Rock of Gibraltar, this British territory is located at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Gibraltar’s close proximity to Spain has lent it a decidedly Spanish flavor. Read on to learn more about the multi-cultural influences of this quirky locale.
Photographer Scott Wylie provides a vast selection of images featuring Gibraltar architecture, landscapes, and wildlife.
Listen to live audio feeds from the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. Gibraltar TV and radio operate 24 hours a day, despite the small size of the island.

Sardinia

With a rich architectural history and literary connections, this Italian island will delight your senses and stimulate your intellect.
Head to the Island of Sardinia to view gorgeous photos, learn about local customs and religious festivals, and unearth the island’s history.
Written after the First World War when he was living in Sicily, Sea and Sardinia is the English author D.H. Lawrence's account of his time on the island in 1921.

Corsica

Owned by France, this Mediterranean island was Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace, boasts a mild climate, and provides hundreds of beach opportunities.
Photo Globe is an outstanding resource for images of Corsica. Not only have they photographed nearly all parts of they island, but they’ve also attempted to provide exact (GPS-based) coordinates of the positions where the photos were taken.
With over 200 beaches, the island of Corsica is a sun worshipper’s dream. If you need some help, the blog Three Best Beaches will tell you where to find the top spots to enjoy Corsica’s sparkling waters and untouched sands.

Elba

Elba is small Italian island located off the coast of Tuscany. This Mediterranean oasis is most famous for hosting Napoleon during his 300 day exile from France.
During his 9-month stay on Elba, Napoleon declared himself Emperor and built himself a lavish residence. The Telegraph reports on a recent restoration of his villa, which revealed astonishing frescoes hailing Napoleon's victories.
BBC recently gathered a collection of WWII memoirs written by the public. The following is a true account of a little-known battle during the early hours of June 17, 1944, on the Italian island of Elba.
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