Our favourite summer holiday destinations

04 June 2019

With summer fast approaching, we’re sharing our favourite holiday hotspots from across Europe. From a fun-filled family break in the colourful Canary Islands to a romantic getaway in magical Venice, Travel Counsellors have you covered.

Ibiza

Sun, sea and sandy beaches await on the paradise Balearic island of Ibiza. Just east of the Spanish mainland, Ibiza has a reputation as a party-goer’s dream yet there’s so much more to discover on the sun-kissed White Isle.

With its eclectic mix of relaxation and fun, the bohemian island of Ibiza is the epitome of laidback chic. Home to some of the most stylish hotels in the Mediterranean, as well as some of the most incredible scenery too, with fragrant pine forests, striking cliffs and cobalt seas, there’s so much to discover. Take a boat trip over to the little sister island of Formentera, shop for trinkets at the colourful hippy markets, stroll the cobble streets of Ibiza Town or enjoy the legendary nightlife of San Antonio.  

With a super-short flight time of around two and a half hours from the UK, Ibiza is the perfect place for some Mediterranean sunshine this summer.

“I would highly recommend Ibiza Island to any family looking for a new destination.”

Lucy, Travel Counsellor

Tenerife

With gorgeous year-round weather, beautiful beaches, brilliant blue seas and a wealth of first-class resorts to choose from, Tenerife is an alluring destination for all travellers.

The glamorous resort of Costa Adeje provides entertainment and activities perfect for children of all ages, such as windsurfing and thrilling water parks, whilst Playa de las Americas remains a popular choice for its chic hotels and vibrant nightlife.

Whilst this sun-drenched island is the ideal summer holiday hotspot for beach lovers, scratch the surface and you’ll soon discover that there’s so much more to Tenerife than sipping cocktails on your sun lounger. Discover the area’s fascinating volcanic past with a visit to Teide National Park, or if you’re a nature lover, book an excursion to spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

From gorgeous beaches and vibrant nightlife to tropical forests and stunning volcanic landscape, Tenerife is a veritable island of contrasts; and it’s all just four hours away.

Lanzarote

The chic Canary Island of Lanzarote is currently enjoying a resurgence as an eco-friendly destination that’s perfect for quiet and relaxing days in the sun.

A popular choice for travellers looking for an escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, lovely Lanzarote has everything that you could possibly need for a sun-kissed summer getaway, including stylish restaurants, attractive architecture and a wealth of tranquil activities

Swim in the stunning natural pools surrounded by beautiful rock formations at Los Charcones, drink in the stunning views at Cesar Manrique’s Mirador del Rio, explore the rugged beauty of the Timanfaya National Park or simply bask in the warm Canarian sunshine on one of the many stunning swathes of golden sands. There are certainly plenty of ways to fall in love with Lanzarote this summer.

“Having travelled to Lanzarote 6 times, I could happily say that this is one of my favourite destinations”

Alison, Travel Counsellor

 

Paphos

Cyprus’ bustling resort of Paphos on the island’s glorious south-west coast is another holiday destination that’s well and truly back on the travel map. Named as the European Capital of Culture in 2017, the resort’s characterful Old Town underwent a huge renovation and is now even more impressive than ever before.

The mythical birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Paphos boasts a whole host of historical and cultural wonders. Combine this with sparkling blue seas, enticing sandy beaches, dazzling sunshine and gorgeous countryside, and you have a summer holiday destination that will take your breath away.

Marvel at the majestic Tomb of the Kings at the Kato Paphos Archaeological site, take a Jeep adventure through the Troodos Mountains and enjoy thrills, spills and splashes at the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark. You also won’t want to miss the chance to head to nearby Lara Bay, where you can see baby turtles hatching in the conservation area.

In the evening, visit the old harbour and watch the sunset as you tuck into delicious traditional cuisine such as succulent lamb kleftiko, mouth-watering mezze and sweet baklava at one of the local restaurants.

Venice

One of the most romantic and unique travel destinations on the planet, the watery city of Venice is guaranteed to delight.

Floating on its blue lagoon with an almost dream-like quality, Venice is just as romantic and beautiful as it looks in the movies. The charming piazzas and winding canals, unique buildings and ancient palaces are every bit as impressive as you imagine, whilst the art galleries, museums and churches are home to some of the finest masterpieces of European art.

Explore the historic canals accompanied by your very own singing gondolier, get a culture fix at the Gothic-style Doge’s Palace, soak up the atmosphere at bustling St. Mark’s Square or delve into some mouth-watering Italian cuisine at a traditional trattoria. However you spend your time here, you’ll soon discover why Venice is the undeniable romance capital of the world.

“Venice is magical and unlike any other place you will visit”

Gary, Travel Counsellor

 

Are you ready to book your summer escape? Contact your Travel Counsellor and enjoy exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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