Arab Resorts Copycat Greece’s Cycladic Beauty (photos)

Resorts on the southern shores of the Mediterranean basin are seeking to attract tourists by trying to milk in the reputations and beauty of the Greek islands.

As the photos suggest, some have an uncanny resemblance to the Greek Cyclades.

Thanks to their whitewashed houses that teeter off the edge of deep blue seas, these destinations have become hot spots for tourists in recent years.

The Greek island of Santorini has already become such a strong brand in tourism that other countries have started using its name to market their cities to tourists.

In Turkey, Latin America and the Far East, towns and new housing developments are borrowing the name along with some — or all — of the characteristics which have made Santorini a famous destination.

Some of the Arab resorts resembling Greece:

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Located in the northwest of the North African country, Chefchaouen’s white-washed blue homes stand against the backdrop of the Rif Mountains.

Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia

Blue and white aren’t the official colors of Greece alone, the coastal town of Sidi Bou Said, located just 20 km north of Tunis, has its own captivating charm.

Anfeh, Lebanon

Located approximately 65 kilometers north of Beirut, Anfeh has traditionally been largely overlooked by tourists.

Ghadames, Libya


The large oasis Berber town, located in northwestern Libya near the Algerian and Tunisian borders, has been dubbed “pearl of the desert.”