THE TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT THIS SUMMER


Spring might have finally sprung in the U.K. but, for most people who’ve endured the long, cold British winter, it’s time to start planning a summer escape to warmer climates. We're fortunate in that we've already got a holiday booked in less than eight short weeks, but I can't even help myself from wanting to click confirm on another booking, to have one ready for when we land back in an undoubtedly dull England. From chic city breaks to sun-soaked Mediterranean cruises, blissful beach holidays in the Canaries to charming Greek Islands, here are a few of the best places to visit this summer to help you start planning your next holiday.

The Mediterranean
Why choose just one summer holiday destination when you can see the best that the Mediterranean has to offer on board a luxury cruise? With Med cruises, there’s a new beach and city to explore every day, with popular ports of call including Rome, Cannes, Dubrovnik and Barcelona. Families with young children will love life on board a Mediterranean cruise, with daily entertainment, activities for all ages and first-class facilities. Spend your shore days relaxing on sandy white beaches, snorkelling in the Med’s warm blue waters or delving into history, art and architecture in some of the world’s most famous cities. We've never tried a cruise, especially with the boys it's never something I entertained, but more and more I'm seeing families take the plunge across my social media and I have to admit I am tempted. Everything in one place, what's not to love?


Santorini
Greece’s most famous island continues to top the lists of the best places to visit this summer. Known for its spectacular sunsets, white cliff side towns and charming old-world feel, Santorini is a bucket-list destination that lives up to all the hype. Visitors to the island can enjoy the best sunrise and sunset views from Oia – Santorini’s stunning hilltop town – or discover the history of the volcanic isle at the Firá Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Sun-worshippers can find Santorini’s two best beaches in the south – the popular Perivólas and Vlyháda – or head for the unique setting of Red Beach near the famous archaeological site of Akrotiri. Just last year I watched eagerly online as the lovely Emma got hitched in Santorini, it looked so picturesque and beautiful, it's easy to see why they made the choice to head there.

The Canary Islands
Thanks to their year year-round sunny weather, The Spanish Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination in every season, but it’s during the summer that the islands come alive with visitors, events and 24/7 entertainment. Closer to the coast of Africa than they are to Spain, the Canaries are comprised of seven main islands, including the most popular islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. With each island offering a unique landscape and range of activities, both families and couples alike will find the perfect place for their summer holiday. Choose from the volcanic sands and party resorts of Lanzarote, the rolling sand dunes and water sports of Fuerteventura or the sandy beaches and family-friendly waters of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.


Croatia
One of the best places to visit this summer, Croatia continues to be one of the most popular destinations in Europe for both traditional package holiday goers and those onboard Med cruises. Dubrovnik – the country’s most popular port city – might be packed during the summer months but those looking to escape the crowds will find plenty of quieter spots to visit. Choose from the
incredible natural beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the stunning beaches of Hvar Island or explore some of Croatia’s pretty seaside towns like Rovinj and Moscenice.

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14 comments

  1. Croatia looks so pretty and somewhere I'd like to go. Right now, anywhere hot and sunny would be good!! x

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  2. I have loved visiting the Med, so many beautiful places. I would really love to visit Iceland - it's on my bucket list!

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  3. I'm hoping we can have a holiday this year and the Canary Islands would be perfect for a family break. I'm really hoping hubby and I can visit Croatia next year for my 30th!

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  4. We aren't planning a holiday abroad this year (mainly because I'm due baby number 2 in June!) but we went to Croatia last year and absolutely loved it!

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  5. Oh I’d love to visit all these places x

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  6. We can't escape this year because of new jobs but I am always looking of where we can go next. We do have a deposit down on a cruise next year visiting Norway x

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  7. Any of the above would be lovely :-)

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  8. I've seen so many people talking about Croatia recently, I think it's the new "in" place!! Definitely adding to the holiday list!

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  9. I'm well due a nice holiday but flying with Lily terrifies me! She's such a handful in the car even so I think we are planning on waiting a little while. Greece is definitely on our list though!

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  10. These look beautiful! I'll have to visit soon

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  11. Love the photos of the toy plane, that along with your words of wonderful places to visit makes me want to jet off on a plane to somewhere new and exciting. I've been to the canary islands a few times and would love to go again, Tenerife being my favourite.

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  12. Everyone is talking about Croatia at the moment! All the places you've mentioned sound perfect to go to right now! xx

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  13. Rachel EvansMay 12, 2018

    Wow all these destinations sound amazing! We're get go aboard with the kids, only going on UK holidays, but some of these destinations really make me want a sun holiday!

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  14. I have seen some fabulous pictures of Croatia that had made me really want to visit - there is a lovely looking waterfall there. The Canaries are great too, not too far to fly to and guaranteed to have sunshine.

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