In the summer months, southern Europe is a haven for white sandy beaches and warmer climates. Some would say, we’re spoilt for choice. With dozens of countries and hundreds of resorts, how do we choose where’s best? There’s still plenty of time to book your summer holiday this year, so we’ve put together our favourite destinations to help you decide.
Incredible spas to spoil yourself in. Massages, facials, saunas and yoga – take your pick! Not to mention the authentic villages in-land, incredible volcanic landscapes and the vast Maspalomas sand dunes on the southern tip of the island. Maspalomas is a popular choice, but there’s plenty of space for everyone to soak it up away from the crowds. We recommend you make it extra special and pay a visit at sunset, you won’t be disappointed.
The ultimate destination to relax and unwind, Cyprus has an array of resorts that’ll soon get you to your happy place, with white sandy beaches, incredible food and warm waters aplenty. There’s also an array of historic hidden gems to be discovered; St Hilarion Castle, one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful castle ruins is one of them. Spiralling up the rugged mountain, it is a dream for the explorers amongst us and worth the hike to the top. Make sure you bring your camera, as the views are phenomenal!
For those looking to enjoy a traditional Mediterranean beach and pool-side holiday, head to the Turkish resort of Antalya. The region’s coastline stretches over 400 miles, where you’ll find pristine beaches and mysterious hidden coves throughout. The nightlife won’t disappoint either; the Old Quarter is packed with restaurants, bars and clubs so you can party the night away. There’s plenty of local flavours too, pop to the nearby bazaars in Antalya Town and grab yourself a bargain for the family and friends you left at home.
Arrive on the easternmost Balearic island of Menorca and you’ll notice a drop-in volume. Its mellow vibes are perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Spanish island is as rugged and rural as they come inland, with beautiful villages and rolling hills to explore. Head to Ciutadella to see how the locals live, there are shops and cafes to enjoy… but still, it’s peaceful! The 216km coastline is amongst the most scenic in the Med too, so get out there and enjoy!