Sail from Southampton bound for the beauty and bounty of the marvellous Med. From its picture-postcard fishing ports, to its lavish, tree-lined town squares and pretty harbour fronts, the air is filled with promise. The scent of baking bread and sizzling seafood wafts along walkways. Think blissful beaches, light-hearted market haggling and those ubiquitous, yet all too irresistible gift shops. And if history is your thing, welcome to a melting pot of conquest, culture and distinctive cuisines. All this is flanked by glorious contrasts, where superyachts float alongside authentic fishing boats, and magnificent monuments tower over modern street artists, capturing the essence of the day.