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 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.
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.
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.
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.