By Tracey Minkin

From Corsica's suddenly buzzing northeast shore to up-and-coming resort towns with new allure, scene-stealing is all the rage this year in France, Italy, and Spain. Here are my picks of the Mediterranean's bright new stars--a trending trio of destinations ready for prime time.

MALAGA, SPAIN

On Spain's renowned Costa del Sol, the resort town of Marbella has long lured beach lovers, but the region's capital port city of Malaga is emerging from a cultural reboot, and has upped its game with a new batch of museums, including a five-year pop-up of France's breathtaking Centre Pompidou, and a restaurant scene that's challenging Barcelona's.

SICILY'S EASTERN COAST

Like Corsica, this Mediterranean island, which dangles off the edge of Italy's boot toe, is already a prime European getaway. But head to the slopes of volcanic Mt. Etna on the eastern coast for the Sicilian surprise: a burgeoning wine tourism scene fueled by a cluster of sophisticated wineries taking advantage of the mineral, lava-informed soils.

MALTA

Brad and Angelina honeymooned here. That alone may be reason to check out this three-island archipelago nation, but add this: Malta's charming capital city of Valletta (above) has primped for its 450th anniversary, its waters and beaches are stunning, and its under-the-radar quality keeps prices low.

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