Where is best to go for 2014
WHERE’S BEST TO GO IN 2014
If you’re stuck for ideas for next summer, let us help you with a few suggestions. First of all, what’s on your wish list? Are you looking to fly and flop or do you love nothing more than to hire a car and explore when you’re away? Do you need to be surrounded by culture or is amazing food and wine more your thing? Of course, there are destinations where you can tick all these off, but if you’d like to start narrowing it down, here’s some food for thought.
BEST FOR CULTURE - CROATIA
With nearly 2,000km of coastline and over 1,000 islands in perfectly clear water, Croatia isn’t just a beach destination. This country is a treasure trove of culture, ancient architecture and colorful traditions. The old town of Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a maze of Romanesque and Baroque palaces, churches and fountains, hidden away amongst cobbled streets. The tiny capital of Zagreb has a buzzing café life, contemporary art museums and you’re bound to come across a festival or two. Whilst Istria, feels almost Italian in style. Roman amphitheaters, ancient fishing villages and hilltop fortresses will vie for your attention in Croatia. Read more.
BEST FOR BEACHES - GREECE
Mainland Greece and her islands undeniably have some of Europe’s best beaches, if not, the world’s. Long stretches of sand with turquoise waters and tiny, secluded coves, reachable only by boat, line the thousands of miles of coastline of this varied country. All these make Greece a perfect destination for water sports or just for relaxing with a drink and a book. We like Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, with its very own shipwreck and bright white pebbles and Mpalos Beach in northwest Crete, where the colors of the water and the surrounding scenery have to be seen to be believed. We’re also big fans of the many deserted beaches around the Peloponnese and the golden sands around Thessaloniki. Read more.
BEST FOR FOOD – MALLORCA
Spain has been enjoying a gastronomic revival over the past few years and it doesn’t look set to end. With chefs using traditional and local produce and recipes, they have turned Spanish cuisine into an international success story. This is in abundant evidence in Mallorca, where its mix of Romanesque, Moorish and Jewish heritage, to name but a few invading cultures, has resulted in a fusion of incredible cooking styles. The climate provides the island with bountiful produce, from seafood to olives, conserves, honey and wines, and Mallorca now boasts several Michelin star restaurants. And we haven’t even mentioned the incredible dishes created by our Villas’ private chefs! Read more.
BEST FOR WINE – ITALY
It is rumoured that Italy keeps all her good wines and exports everything else? What we do know though, is that Italy is home to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world and the wines are renowned for their quality and variety. Whether you’re in Umbria, Puglia or Sicily you’ll see vineyards everywhere and like the cuisine, each region’s wine has its own characteristics. Wine lovers seek out Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello di Montalcino (the killer B’s) produced in Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. And of course, don’t forget Prosecco! However, the new wines of central and southern Italy are fast gaining recognition and critical acclaim. In Puglia look out for reds made from the native Primitivo and Negroamaro and in Sicily, try a Nero d’Avola. Read more.
BEST FOR VARIETY – FRANCE
Whether it’s the glitzy Corniche in Cannes, an artisan market in a hilltop village, a lazy day by the pool with stunning valley views or white water rafting down a gorge, France really does have something to suit everyone. A whole week can be spent exploring the countryside that inspired the Impressionists, visiting one of the thousands of local wineries or watching the world go by in a little market town. The country is a cyclist’s paradise, where you can attempt the Tour de France mountain ascents or take life at a slower pace with a glass of Provencal rosé. Read more.
BEST FOR SUN – CYPRUS
Cyprus is where we head in the Spring before anywhere else to catch the rays. And it’s the last place we go in the Fall, with average temperatures often reaching 27c, whilst everywhere else is beginning to feel the chill. In fact, this Mediterranean island boasts 326 days of sunshine a year. Its southerly position means it enjoys much warmer temperatures than other European destinations, making it ideal for families wanting to enjoy the beaches and water sports or the many other activities that this island offers. Read more.