If you’re yet to plan your summer holidays, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for inspiration. As with anything, holiday destinations come and go out of fashion, so as a starting point it’s a good idea to take a glance through the most popular destinations when planning your trip.
The mountains and lush green countryside of Northern Spain are often overlooked in the rush to the Mediterranean, but this coast has stunning beaches, pretty fishing villages and some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe. There are direct flights to Bilbao and Santander from UK airports, or you can take your car over on the ferry. Don’t miss the medieval village of Santillana del Mar or the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
One of the less developed Mediterranean islands, Corsica is sophisticated, historic and very French. The beaches are great for families and there is an abundance of holiday accommodation for all budgets. Try to avoid August unless you like the crowds as this is the time the French take their holidays.
A little further afield, the New England area of the USA between Boston and New York has plenty to offer for holidaymakers looking for a relaxed fly-drive type of experience. There is no language barrier, and the area has everything from long sandy beaches to historic sites and some of the most vibrant cities in the world.
Tuscany is the area of Italy which has traditionally been most popular with British holidaymakers, but neighbouring Umbria has just as much to offer and is practically untouched by tourists. Opt for a villa with its own pool which will provide a comfortable base for exploring the historic towns of the region such as Assisi or Perugia. Italy is a great place for a family-friendly holiday and nearly everywhere is very welcoming to children.
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik has left its turbulent past behind, and is now welcoming tourists back to see one of the most unspoiled medieval cities in the whole of Europe. Set on a stunning coastline, Dubrovnik has the perfect mix of culture and sightseeing, along with great food and the chance to take trips to neighbouring islands. There are direct flights from the UK, and hire a car to make the most of your chance to explore this beautiful corner of Europe.