After a grueling winter, it’s finally time to pull your summer clothing from the depths of your cupboard and plan a summer holiday where you are bound to find days, if not weeks, of sunshine!
Not sure where to go? Here are our top destinations for unforgettable European holidays in the sun:
Turkey — Alaçati
Turkey has become one of the most popular destinations for European holidays in recent years, and not just over summer, but all year around. And with its eclectic blend of cultures, art, religion, natural wonders and ample opportunity for shopping, it's no wonder it’s fast becoming a bucket list must-do. This summer, veer away from the tourist trails and head to the lesser known gem of Alaçati, on the Çesme Peninsula close to the Aegean Sea, for a summer full of relaxation and tranquility. This charming Turkish village is teeming with antique shops, galleries, incredible architecture, pristine beaches, vineyards, windmills and slow-food restaurants and is a phenomenal location for a summer holiday. The village is nothing short of magical: whitewashed houses with blue shutters — reminiscent of the old Greek village it once was — dangerously tempting bakeries, fish auctions, incredible beachside nightlife and more, this is certainly an exciting and unique location for a summer holiday to remember.
Sweden — Gotland
If you are looking for something a little different this summer then one of the best European holidays you could have is set on the unassuming island of Gotland in Sweden. The island, Sweden’s largest, is a little difficult to get to, but is well worth the journey. Bask in the incredible sunshine, draw in the fragrant, oxygen-rich air, pick wild berries in the forests, be amazed by the abundance of wild orchids, explore the marvellous countryside where you will be amazed what you might find— medieval churches, decrepit windmills — take a dip in the sea or one of the lakes, and keep in mind that while the water here is slightly colder than the Mediterranean, the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are just as beautiful. It doesn’t take much to realise why Gotland is a favourite destination for artists —if you allow yourself to be enchanted by it’s magnificent and understated beauty, it will make you feel like you are living in a fairytale world — even if just for the summer.
Spain — Calpe
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Calpe in the region of Valencia in Spain, is quite literally the ultimate destination for exceptional European holidays in the sun. And the best news is that this little gem on the Costa Blanca checks all the boxes for a perfect holiday. Gorgeous blue flag beaches for spending glorious days lapping up the sunshine. Check. World-class restaurants with incredible, fresh Spanish cuisine. Check. An exceptional nightlife. Check. Ample boutiques for a well-deserved summer shopping spree. Check. Incredible first-class spas. And check! But the good news doesn’t stop there, this glorious paradise is easily accessible (a mere two-hour flight from the UK straight to Alicante) and there are myriad things to do. Whether you would like to try your hand at any of the watersports on offer, discover the underwater wine cellar, hike the iconic Ifach rock, birdwatch at the salt mine, explore the old town and barter at the local markets, or if you prefer to lounge by the hotel’s pool sipping on cocktails — there is something here for everyone. Looking for a brag-worthy summer holiday this year? Then we highly recommend heading to the sensational town of Calpe.
If a trip to sunny Spain sounds like your idea of a summer holiday of a lifetime, then contact us to make a booking at one of our sensational Costa Blanca resorts. Suntan by the pool, watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand from the comfort of your room’s balcony or spoil yourself at the spa — at our hotels, you are bound to have a memorable time.