When planning a holiday to southern Europe, you’re practically spoilt for choice. For those wanting the best balance of sun, culture, nightlife and scenery, here are some of the top all-rounders worth visiting.
This large Greek island has a bit of everything for everyone. It’s home to the oldest city in Europe, Knossos, and contains many mythological spots such as Mount Ida, which was said to be the birthplace of Zeus according to legend. Crete’s beaches and bars meanwhile are perfect for those wanting a more relaxed escape. The island offer some of the prettiest villas in Greece, which you can rent to yourself for the week. It also has some very colourful and vibrant restaurants for those that love their cuisine.
Croatia is a growing hotspot for tourists looking for a Mediterranean getaway. The medieval town of Dubrovonik is scenically positioned on the coast, boasting an impressive castle and surrounded by historic walls. It’s also home to a number of summer festivals dedicated to live music, folklore and theatre. It sports some impressive beaches and is a great spot for sailing and watersports. For somewhere a little off the beaten track, this tourist town is the place to go.
The French Riviera
The French Riviera contains hotspots such as Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez and is often renowned for being the playground for the rich. Even if you’re not a millionaire, the area has a lot of affordable activities to pursue including its beaches, bars and shops. You can visit Monaco and see the Formula 1 track, as well as spotting supercars on every street corner. The likes of St Tropez meanwhile is home to many luxury yachts and offers a number of boat tours in which you can get to see where all the local celebrities live.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is often neglected by holidaymakers travelling to Italy. However, it’s got a lot to offer including horse-riding, sailing and even skiing in the winter. Its food is exceptional – some of the best in Italy – and it’s white sands stretch the entire coastline. Most of the landscape remains untouched making it a great destination for hikers and those wanting an escape into nature. However, the likes of Alghero still contain a good nightlife.
This cosmopolitan Spanish city is renowned for its crazy architecture – both old and new. There are impressively built churches and cathedrals all over the city. Its museums and art galleries are meanwhile home to some world famous works and exhibits. Its bustling markets, festivals and extensive network of bars ensure that you’ll never be stuck for things to do. Even if you’re just looking for a relaxing break in the sun, Barcelona’s beaches are ideal for sun-basking. The cuisine is also spectacular – with many restaurants to stop by and try out tapas and paella, topped off with a glass of sangria.
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