Nicknamed "Big Blue", the Mediterranean is an intercontinental sea. It is home to 8-9 % of the biodiversity of the world’s oceans. This is a relatively calm sea which lies between Africa, Asia and Europe. It is surrounded by approximately 46,000 kilometres of coastline offering breathtaking landscapes. The tourism industry around the Big Blue benefits from an abundance of attractive features including its warm climate in summer, mild winters, tranquillity and ease of access to water sports.