Three of the five most-visited countries in the world—France, Spain, and Italy— are located in the Mediterranean. This is hardly a coincidence. These countries and their neighbors have a lot to offer tourists: cosmopolitan cities, beautiful country sides, fascinating culture, and, of course, top notch cuisine. Can you honestly think of much in life that’s better than fresh fish and seafood from the Mediterranean, olive oil, pasta, cured meats, fresh herbs, and fruits and vegetables that have practically been kissed by the sun? Neither can I. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel long distances to enjoy some of these culinary comforts. Simply choose one—or all—of the following Mediterranean-inspired recipes from our archive to try at home.