If you are planning on jetting off this summer then why not make sure you do it in style and chose an on-trend location to visit. Be the envy of all of your friends and bump up those Instagram followers all while having the time of your life. Why not fly out from a fantastic airport that offers all of your parking needs? Birmingham Airport Car Park 7 offers incredibly reasonable prices for a range of durations and allows you to enjoy your holiday knowing your vehicle is in safe hands.
So let’s take a look at some of the chicest locations to be seen this summer kicking it all off with one of the most popular of the Balearic Islands; Ibiza.
Not just a clubbers paradise, Ibiza has so much more to offer and this is particularly true if you are looking for a spa getaway. If you travel just 20km from the airport over to the Eastern shore of the island you will discover a completely different side to this island archipelago.
If you are a fan of the wellness trend then why not check into one of Ibiza’s yoga retreats. These centres offer the height of luxurious self-indulgence and allow you to nourish your body, mind and soul all in beautiful surroundings. After a night of peaceful rest, why not take an early morning yoga session on a cliff overlooking the sea or relax with a Thai massage or some Reiki healing.
Focus on mindfulness as you stroll along white sandy beaches of Santa Eulalia or perhaps you would like to be treated to an authentic Balearic experience and peruse the bohemian markets of Punta Arabi in Es Cana. So get ready to soak up the sun on this beautiful island surrounding by sangrias and paella and the occasional yoga session – you are trying to relax after all.
If you are a wine-lover, then there is no finer place to visit than the famous vineyards of Bordeaux. Before you jump into your holiday you’ll want to ensure that you organise yourself, this includes a range of things from packing the right items and organise your travel to the airport! You might want to consider using Birmingham car parking for the convenience before you jet off to this secluded getaway in southwestern France. You can then spend your time wine tour learning your Tignanellos from your Merlot.
This is the destination for foodies to go and is world-famous for its oysters brought directly from the Bay of Arcachon and its fresh vegetables such as asparagus when they are in season.
Some of Bordeaux’s best dishes are Agneau de Pauillac which is delicious when paired with a decadent Cabernet Sauvignon and Entrecôte grillée with a rich Côtes de Bordeaux wine.
Stay in a gothic chateaux that oozes 18thCentury grandiose and take in the imperial facades as you walk down the riverbank. Yndohotel offers amazing views of Bordeaux and with its huge fireplaces and sumptuous chandeliers; this is the place to go if you are seeking a highly luxurious experience.
Take a few days to tour some of the best vineyards France has to offer with exclusive visits available throughout the year. Be one of a handful of guests to be privately escorted around the beautiful Saint-Emilion at the very heart of UNESCO classified village. Spend three or four days taking in the panoramic views from the terraces of the five stars Hostellerie de Plaisance and then hop in your chauffeur driven limousine as you escorted directly to the tours and then for a private lunch prepared by one of France’s finest chefs Ronan Kervarrec.
This is rich and indulgent trip offers you the chance to improve your fine dining knowledge as well as the opportunity to meet like-minded people, and remember Bordeaux can be particularly hot June through to August so remember to pack a sun hat – both functional and stylish.
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, this Greek getaway really does have it all, from stunning sandy beaches, secluded coves and the hippest bistros around. The Old Town in Rhodes is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the best place to get those perfect Instagram snaps – so good you won’t even need a filter.
It is recommended to visit for at least three days to give you a chance to get around the island and take in the sites. Many of the other Greek islands are close by and so it is easy to take a boat trip out to Halki and Tilos and take in the sights. The great thing about Rhodes is that it combines both old and new features so you can see the Palace of the Knights…from a Segway.
If a cool cocktail is the way you like to start your evening then you are going to love the Mojito Beach Bar set right on the pebble-dashed beaches of Lachania in the south of the island, just 45 minutes away from the old town.
If you do one thing on your trip to Rhodes then make it the thermal springs of Kallithea where you can enjoy the healing powers of the natural spa in waters of about 19°C, sure to leave you fully rejuvenated and ready for your mojito.
This is the perfect weekend city break destination to soak up some of the Spanish culture and history and is sure to delights all of the art-lovers among you. Barcelona has fantastic metro links with trains running every few minutes all across the city and it is incredibly easy to decipher the tangle of coloured subways map lines so there is no need to worry about getting lost.
Be prepared to do a lot of walking as there are so many niche shops hidden away in the alleyways of the gothic quarter of the city and this is also where one of the best gelato bars can be found. Gelaaati De Marco has an outstanding selection of flavours and is incredibly reasonably priced. Drop by to pick one up before taking the metro to see Gaudi’s unfinished La Sagrada Familia just next to the metro stop – just be sure to book your tickets in advance, there will be queues!
This archipelago is charmingly situated between the north coast of Africa and Sicily and is an idyllic island getaway perfect for the solo traveller or for a trip with the girls.
Swim in azure waters on the mostly uninhabited island of Comino and sunbathe on the luscious beach there. Try some of the fresh fish in the village of Marsaxlokk and even opt for a boat ride around the island after lunch.
If you are a fan of the popular ‘Game of Thrones’ series then you can take a guided tour of some of the areas where the show was filmed which is sure to make everyone at home incredibly jealous.
Malta is a superb location and you could easily spend a week there and still find new and interesting things to see and do – this is one destination that you may just have to visit twice.
So that was a look at some of the top places to visit this summer if you are looking to holiday in style. Be sure to look out for the best deals to these destinations as that way you will have more cash left over to spend on cocktails!
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