This summer will once again see thousands of people making a trip over to Europe, escaping the gloomy UK weather in search of some beautiful warm sunshine. As we’re currently in the midst of a wet and dreary winter, many are already thinking about where they could go on their break this year.
Along with the fact that the economic outlook is a bit more positive than it has been in recent years, now could be the time to explore some alternative options to your usual annual destination. So why not look at some of the more luxurious locations dotted around our diverse continent?
If you need some inspiration, here are some you could try:
The Italian Lakes
Situated in affluent Northern Italy, the Lakes are an incredibly beautiful area that are well-known for having a relaxing ambience and restaurants that serve up exquisite Italian cuisine.
On the edge of the Italian Alps, slightly to the south of the Swiss border, you can choose between Como, Garda, Maggiore and many smaller lakes – all are equally stunning, yet offer their own individuality to those visiting them.
Famous across the world as somewhere millionaires, billionaires and the famous like to make their home, Monte Carlo is well worth paying a visit to. Set in the principality of Monaco on the French Riviera, you’ll especially want to visit here if you enjoy travelling by boat.
Sports fans will recognise the area from the annual Formula One race which happens around the city’s streets, and film buffs will have seen the iconic casino in a number of movies, including some of those featuring James Bond.
This city in the Southern Spanish province of Malaga is one of the luxury hot spots of the Costa del Sol. Popular with tourists in Northern Europe and even as far as the UAE, a number of celebrities, aristocrats and rich people can be found relaxing and dining in its resorts.
Well-known for its yachting communities, it is also home to some stunning luxury villas (click here to see some examples), both owned by those who reside here, as well as those available to rent to lucky holidaymakers.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is well-known for being an island for those like to holiday in style. The northern part of the island in particular has some luxurious resorts and incredible beaches, with the most famous of these being found at Costa Smeralda.
Here, it’s not uncommon to see multi-million pound super-yachts anchored in the harbour, with the rich and famous enjoying the fine cuisine in the upmarket restaurants.
Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca, or Majorca as we like to call it in the UK is probably the most common holiday choice from this list, yet you may not be aware of its more affluent side.
There are a number of luxury resorts across the small Balearic Island, but its capital Palma and the surrounding areas are home to some of the best. Puerto Portals in particular, situated around the coast to the west of the city, is a popular hangout for the yachting crowd, with a number of posh restaurants and boutique shops to be found.