Mediterranean dream destination: Why we always go south on holiday – Travel

Is it really the climate that is causing the majority of Germans to head towards the Mediterranean during the summer months? Given that temperatures are 40 degrees or more in the shade, whether in the South of France, on the Turkish Riviera or on Crete, that is hard to imagine. Not to mention the forest fires in popular holiday regions, fuelled by dryness and heat. On the other hand, people in the south of Europe are no longer immune to suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a heavy rain event lasting several days in June or August. And not being able to take down their tent as quickly as it is washed away. So it can’t really be the climate that draws us to the Mediterranean.

So it must be the Mediterranean cuisine. Really? The unambitiously prepared pizza and pasta monotony on the Italian Adriatic, the inferior tourist menus on the Côte d’Azur, the mush that is served as paella on the Costa del Sol cannot seriously be the reason why people spend days driving from traffic jam to traffic jam in the south or take a grueling flight that basically consists only of waiting and queuing and also takes many hours. And it is certainly not the house wines of most trattorias and taverns, not to mention local spirits specialties, that awaken an insatiable desire in us to spend our free time in the summer on Mallorca or in Istria.

Is it the sights? No, right? Ancient temples, Gothic cathedrals or the supposed former fishing villages may have their charms. But getting up from the sun lounger for that? You would also have to put on clothes, because the locals always look so offended if you’re just wearing swim shorts. As mentioned, it’s around 40 degrees. Far too hot for long-sleeved clothing; and your head isn’t able to absorb anything at these temperatures anyway.

So what attracts us to the south? It’s proven: the languages! A language learning app measured the heart rate of its users to find out which languages ​​made people feel a measurable sense of longing. Not so much with German. Even less so with Dutch. But with Italian, Portuguese, French and Greek – real heart racing. Shocking infatuation. The languages ​​of the south obviously get people excited.

The transformation of Latin into Italian as the mother tongue of all the inhabitants along the Apennines was, even if linguists may see it differently, an extremely clear-sighted investment by the tourism industry in its own prosperous existence. What conclusion can we draw from this? Perhaps this: if we learn French or Italian instead of droning on in our mother tongue, which most people find unpleasant, on vacation, we might be served decent food in the future. Thanks to the high-frequency pulsing hearts of the Albanian chefs and Hungarian waiters who work all around the Mediterranean and who tick just like their guests.

By Editor

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