Four Perfect Summer Holiday Vacation Spots

blue lagoon malta

I don’t know about everyone else but I am craving sunshine and a little bit of warmth now. Winter just seems to have lasted forever and I am getting sick and tired of always having to wear a scarf and coat wherever I go. The only thing which is keeping me going is thinking about going on a summer holiday, from the sunshine which I expect to encounter this year to the snaps and memories from previous trips. Previously I’ve focused so much on doing holiday’s and being constantly on the move so even when it’s been warm I’ve missed out on the relaxation of the summer so this year I want to create a level playing field and incorporate some relaxation and enjoying the sunshine into my holidays.

Sicily

Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island and sits just off the bottom of Italy, admittedly I did actually think it was in Italy to begin with *oops*. With an abundance of stunning beaches you can choose to relax for your whole summer holiday but if you prepare to explore as well there’s plenty of preserved ruins, Greek temples and Mount Etna which is one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes. If you want to have an authentic experience of Sicilian culture you should check out some of the villas to rent in Sicily which offer a great base and all the amenities that you’ll need.

Rome

It’s been about seven years’ since I last went to Rome and I am itching to go back because despite the lack of beaches you can still enjoy a great summer holiday here. Grab a hotel which has pool facilities and spend part of your time catching a tan and dipping in the pool and the rest of your time exploring one of the best cities in Europe. The Colosseum is probably one of the most iconic landmarks not just in Italy but in the world, and coupled in with the stunning Vatican City (a country in it’s own rights), the great views from the Spanish Steps and authentic pizza what more do you need?! I am hoping to head back to the city in September and want to make sure I take a day trip out to Pompeii as I missed that last time.

Malta

Last Easter I headed over to Malta and in all honesty, I had little to no idea what to expect but it was a stunning island. Being so small you can explore the entire island from the old town to the little fishing villages and it really is stunning. If you’re going when it’s warm, which is a large amount of the year, you’ll want to plan your relaxation as Malta has very few beaches. The island is famed for it’s scuba diving so maybe think about getting your PADI qualification or just going for a dive to see the ruins?! Or if you want a day of complete relaxation and sunbathing jump on a boat and head over to the Blue Lagoon.

Paphos

As a kid I used to go on summer holiday to Paphos all of the time, I’m pretty sure I’ve been there 12/13 times between birth and the age of 16 and while my memories are a little hazy I do remember how lovely it was. You can take a trip up the Troodos Mountains, explore the mosaics and Roman ruins, or just relax on the beaches sipping a cocktail and reading a book. The city has been named the Culture Capital of Europe for 2017 so there’s no better time to head over and remember it’s just as perfect weatherwise May- July before the beaches fill with kids on school holidays.

Are you planning on going on a summer holiday this year?

*This post was written in collaboration with Wish Sicilly but all thoughts and opinions are my own

February 16, 2017
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26 Comments

  • Reply Ickle Pickle

    I went to Sicily years ago and it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to Taormina and Mount Etna are breathtaking. Kaz 🙂

    February 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply StressedMum

    I went to Malta many years ago and loved it, and was quite a culture shock when we went to the airport as we went from quiet and laid back to manic. I do want to visit Rome and we nearly did a couple of years ago x

    February 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Emma Hope Newitt

    I’m definitely craving a holiday asap, hoping to go away for Easter in April (fingers crossed!) I’ve heard great things about Sicily, my parents go there regularly for their holiday, they love the place! I really want to go and explore Rome sometime this year it always looks so beautiful!

    Emmie
    http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk

    February 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Gareth Torrance

    Malta is an amazing place! I’ve only been there once, when I was a little kid, but I’ve been meaning to go back. And I’ve wanted to go and visit Paphos for ages.

    February 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Agata @BarkTime

    A friend of mine just moved to Malta and she it totally loving it there. The pictures I’ve seen so far are truly stunning!

    February 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply MakeUp Fun

    Yes! Thanks for mentioning Sicily, it’s my land! I like it in here, so warm and the food is so tasty too. xx

    February 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply lisa prince

    i would love to visit all of these places x

    February 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    You have made me want to go on holiday now. I loved Rome so much and I would love to go back.

    February 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I am craving some sun and warmth too. I would love to have a lovely, relaxing summer holiday. I would enjoy visiting any of these places you have mentioned.

    February 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Lilinha Espindula

    I have been to Rome and Paphos and loved both so much! 🙂

    February 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah | LavenderLife

    I’ve only been to Rome from this list, but absolutely loved it!

    February 17, 2017 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    These all sound like lovely places, I have always wanted to go to Rome! Hopefully one day

    February 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Oh gorgeous places, I am so desperate to go on holiday! H x

    February 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Marie Barber

    These are gorgeous places! I love Rome im so ready for a summer holiday!

    February 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Leah Shafik

    Due to having my puppy we don’t go abroad but our summer holiday is always in Devon.

    February 18, 2017 at 1:19 am
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I love Paphos it is so quiet and as yet spoilt by tourists, we have been a few times x

    February 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    We’d love to visit Rome, it’s been on our bucket list for ages! Totally agree that we’re craving the sunshine too!

    February 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    my sister has been to Paphos and she said it was just beautiful. I always thought Sicily was a part of Italy too.

    February 19, 2017 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I really fancy going to Sicily this year, my friend went last year with her family and loved it x

    February 19, 2017 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Laura

    I would really love to go to Paphos. Its somewhere that I’ve looked at for a long time now xxx

    February 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I am itching to go to Rome, especially as I love history and it is such a beautiful place too! x

    February 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Annie Bean

    Malta is on my hit list this summer. Always thought it looks a nice peaceful place to holiday!

    February 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I went to Malta when I was very young but I would love to go back! Such a beautiful place for a holiday!

    February 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    I went to Malta years ago and had a great time. Paphos I have visited a few times and it’s great but can be very hot depending on when you visit. I hope to visit the other places on your list too.

    February 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Daniella Keating

    I really want to go to Sicily and Rome! Both look amazing.

    February 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I’m going to Pathos in June, my brother is getting married there, so excited.

    February 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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