The Beach Seeker
For those whose idea of a summer holiday is sea, sand, sun, repeat, then finding the perfect shore for your break requires care and precision. Greece is unapologetically the ultimate beach destination, with vast stretches of golden sand and turquoise waters (not to mention the ideal holiday weather in the summer months) so, whichever island you choose, you’re likely to be thrilled with its coastal offering. While it is hugely popular among holidaymakers, the abundance of beaches it boasts means that it is possible to find some more secluded spots (Antipaxos, Ios and Skiathos are on our hit lists to explore) as well as visiting its most famous and picturesque.
But if variety is the spice of your holiday life then it doesn’t come much better than Mykonos. A paradise with a plethora of beaches, this famous white-washed-architecture island has it all – buzzing beach party scenes, sunbathing spots galore, luxurious resorts and water sports.
Where To Stay: The glitteringly new Kenshō Psarou, located on its picturesque namesake beach, for panoramic views, luxurious suites and the sea at your fingertips.
If the thought of days spent travelling eats into too many precious holiday hours for your liking, then consider going seriously short haul this summer. No, the weather isn’t reliable, but not having to get up in the pre-dawn hours to catch a flight does hold appeal. And there are a good many sights not to overlook closer to home.
August’s annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the hottest events on the UK’s cultural calendar each year, and always worth a visit for veterans and newcomers alike. A stroll around the compact Scottish capital will offer up an opulence of street performances, in addition to the vast programme of productions from both the big names and the rising stars. Should you fancy a change of scenery, you can also head a couple of hours west for the breathtaking views and dramatic landscape of the lakes and highlands around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Where To Stay: Make the most of being able to walk around the city’s sights by staying as centrally as possible. The boutique Rutland Hotel is right in the middle of the west end action, making it an ideal sightseeing base. For those fancying the out-of-town option (and a hotel with enough reasons not to have to leave), the award-winning Gleneagles Hotel is just 40 miles away, boasting four restaurants, a golf course, spa and equestrian centre.
The Relaxed Wanderer
If you are the kind of person for whom the definition of a summer break means having a proper break (i.e. the most effort exerted each day will be a short stroll to the beach, or perhaps a leisurely meander to dinner) then there are certain criteria that must be met when choosing your destination. Yes, resort holidays offer minimum exertions but if you want a little more individuality in your trip (and fewer fellow holidaymakers crowding your relaxation time – jostling for a spot by the pool hardly lends itself to luxuriating) then heading for a small out-of-the-way town can provide the perfect balance of interest and peacefulness.
Ribadesella, in northern Spain’s unspoilt, emerald sea Asturias region, is such a place. There is enough to do in case the beach days wear thin (unlikely), with pretty streets to saunter and lovely cafes and restaurants to while away the hours. If you do get itchy feet, the Picos de Europa mountains are close enough for a day trip.
Where To Stay: The turreted beachfront mansion of Villa Rosario, located on Santa Marina beach, for its pretty setting and the many quiet corners and luscious gardens to slip off with a book.
The Long-Haul Adventurer
If, for you, a vacation means 10 hours plus on a plane to faraway climes, then you are probably well aware of how much planning a two-week-or-under long-haul trip can take. Spontaneity is wonderful, but the last thing you want is to end up missing the sights you’ve travelled so far to see because of an ill-timed bus.
Bolivia’s La Paz, with its lofty heights in the Andes (it sits 3,640 metres above sea level), is a must-visit on the South America trail. Assimilating the old and the new, it offers glimpses into ancient Bolivian tradition, while the landscape is suitably awe-inspiring (beneath the snow-tipped Cordillera Real) and the culture is vibrant and interesting.
Where To Stay: The downtown Hotel Rosario is an attractively restored colonial house filled with Andean art and textiles, perfectly situated for exploring.
The Cultured City Breaker
Are you happiest on holiday when there is a wealth of sightseeing to do? Museums, galleries, restaurants, architecture? Then the Georgian capital of Tblisi is an addition that you need to make to your bucket list before it becomes the next major tourist hotspot (its pulling power is already on the rise).
Situated on two banks, in the valley of the Mtkvari River (which creates a dramatic backdrop to the traditional cobblestones), the red-roofed vibrant-coloured buildings are the first of its many draws. With an alternative arts scene, street food markets serving hearty Georgian delicacies, shops and stalls selling locally handmade crafts and fashion, rejuvenating sulfur baths, and a very many impressive sights steeped in the city’s rich history, you won’t be short of things to do.
Where To Stay: The eclectic Rooms Hotel in the well-situated charming neighbourhood of Vera is something of an urban oasis, marrying plush traditional and quirky contemporary in its interior.
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