Europe in Summer
Throughout the summer, Europe basks in sunshine. Across the continent, leisurely days are best spent by the beach or enjoying an alfresco lunch, or two. There is nothing we love more than a week on the Med but look further afield, to the crystal clear waters of the Dalmatian Coast, to the majestic Alps or to the endless days of Scandinavia for a European escape that will tick the boxes for a romantic escape, an active break or a family getaway.
The Alps are not just for winter. For active families, this wonderful mountain range provides the perfect backdrop for a holiday jam-packed with outdoor activities. From discovering the Dolomites on two wheels, to hiking in France, there is so much to discover on an Alpine Summer itinerary. Pair the great outdoors with a city break in Venice for a dose of culture, or choose to relax on the shores of Lake Garda for the ultimate twin centre adventure with the kids in tow.
Sometimes it is hard to please the whole family on a summer holiday. At Costa Navarino resort however, simply everything is taken care of. From the on site Explorers kids club to the brilliant watersports programme on offer, younger guests will be kept entertained from dusk 'til dawn. For parents, the idyllic location of the resort, brilliant dining options and beautifully appointed rooms provide the ultimate setting for some much needed downtime. Return refreshed, relaxed and vowing to return again next year.
Croatia’s stunning coastline is best explored during the summer months, when sunny days are perfect for exploring and the conditions are ideal for sailing through the crystal-clear waters on board a private yacht. Sleeping up to eight passengers, this makes for a fantastic family adventure, and with stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling equipment on board, older children will always be kept entertained. Visit traditional fishing villages, bustling towns and secluded coves as you hop between Croatia’s beautiful islands.
Provence has always been one of our favourite spots to while away a summer in Europe. Soak up the postcard perfect views from a Medieval hilltop town, tuck into deliciously fresh Provencale cuisine, experience the glamour of the Cote d'Azur or simply unwind in the comfort of your home away from home. Our villas are all staffed meaning you needn't lift a finger. However, should you wish to dine out and about in local restaurants for some meals and for others relax in your villa enjoying meals prepared by your private chef, our flexible service offering ensures you can do just that.
While Greece is renowned for its beautiful beaches, picturesque islands and whitewashed villages, its culinary scene is a huge draw, tempting visitors with home-grown olives, traditional pastries and delicious sweet treats. This gourmet itinerary takes you from Athens to Crete and Santorini, with enough tastings, market visits and cooking classes to satisfy your appetite. Soak up the culture and traditions of Greece as you taste your way around this foodie paradise.
Although many people think of Iceland as a winter destination, this enchanting country is just as magical during the summer months. Long days mean there’s plenty of time to get off the beaten track and discover more of Iceland under the never-setting Midnight Sun. Explore the charming Snaefellsnes Peninsula, an unspoilt region home to dramatic scenery and traditional fishing villages, where you can try Icelandic horse riding or search for whales off the dramatic coastline.