Your Costa Azzura travel guide - recreate the Mediterranean with these SA spots

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Close your eyes. Can you hear the ocean waves? Or, for just a moment, imagine yourself slowly sipping Ouza on the patio of a charming seaside restaurant as you gaze over the bustling harbour.

A summer holiday might be a distant memory at this point in the year, but there are ways to evoke that vacation feeling year-round.

Tom Ford's Costa Azzura captures that "holiday feeling" and the sensual ease of a Mediterranean escape, merging sea air freshness with the sun's warmth on the body; bottling it like sand from an exotic beach.

"Costa Azzura Parfum is a deeper expression of the original scent, capturing the feel of a hedonistic Mediterranean escape. I think we all need an escape right now," says Tom Ford.

And we agree. Sadly, it's impossible to pack your bags and leave behind the big-city life on a whim. But with its spectacular coastal mountains, breathtaking ocean views, golden beaches, and European-like climate, South Africa offers a South European escape in your backyard.

In 2021 - voted as the best city in Africa - Cape Town has long been considered Africa's hidden Mediterranean. But the secret is out; with picture-postcard beaches, vibrant markets and spectacular coastline scenery, the Costas is only a short drive away.

Under the sea: Explore the aquatic world

Experience the magnificence of the Cape Town Atlantic Coastline from a private charter and explore the beauty of the ocean with an incredible seal snorkelling experience. (And, of course, no Cape Town travel guide would be complete without mentioning the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles Mountain range.)

The Ocean Experiences team are only too keen to showcase the magic of exploring the ocean and its most playful mammals.

Bring the taste of Kolonaki home

Take your tastebuds on a tour of Athens and book a table at Kolonaki Greek Kouzina in Parkhurst, Randburg.

From the Greek and Mediterranean inspired menu to the warm, inviting atmosphere, you'll feel transported to the Greek capital's most exclusive city in no time.

For an unforgettable flavour journey, the restaurant's yiros, spanakopita, tirosalata and paidakia skinny lamb chops come highly recommended. Or, perfect for sharing, Kolonaki's spread of mousaka, dolmades, tzatziki or Greek salads will satisfy any visitor's craving.

...feel far away from it all

Gondolas on the Canal are one of Durban's best-kept secrets. (You're welcome!)

A Venetian gondola ride is a bucket-list must-do for most tourists. But until then, slip away from the hustle and bustle and board an African gondola down Durban's beautiful Point Waterfront Canal.

Recreate the magical experience of a gondola ride down Venice's Grand Canal as you pass by Durban's beautiful architecture and enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere.

Africa's Mediterranean Coast

Why not plan your next seaside escape along Africa's Mediterranean coast.

At the heart of Africa's Mediterranean lies Tunisia, only a car ferry or 1-hour flight away from Sicily. With glorious sunny days and an endless coastline, this laidback beach resort is any leisure or adventure seeker's dream holiday destination.

Perhaps not the first choice that comes to mind, but Egypt offers brilliantly white beaches and history-rich port cities just beyond the pyramids and ancient attractions.

Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, has the largest port in the country and is referred to as "Egypt's Window to the Mediterranean."

But while your feet are still planted solidly on home soil, Costa Azzura Parfum breathes an air of freshness through crisp Italian lemon, while the dense coastal forest is felt with magnified oakwood extract and cypress.

Stunning cistus absolute and a harmony of ambers are illuminated -- capturing the spirit of private, unfettered luxury.

The scent is contained in a luxe, metallicized flacon. The 50ML and 100ML editions are each housed in an elegant, fluted bottle with a sleek, gold metal plaque and matching cap.

To read more about Costa Assura Parfum, visit Tom Ford HERE.

This post was sponsored by Tom Ford and produced by Adspace Studio.

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