It's that time of year when the skies are clearing and the temperature is warming, which can only mean one thing: it's time to start searching for summer holidays!
If you're after a sun-filled holiday with plenty of beach action and a number of local amenities, there are scores of European destinations that are bound to tick all the right boxes. The Greek Islands are an obvious choice. They offer a scorching summer climate with beautiful beaches, fascinating historic sights and plenty of family-friendly attractions. Try laid-back Samos for a quiet retreat, stunning Kefalonia for a romantic escape, or the popular islands of Corfu, Crete or Rhodes for a diverse experience that will appeal to everyone from families and cost-cutters to clubbers and party animals.
Spain is another summer holiday hotspot, and it's just a short distance away too - which makes it ideal for those who want a quick escape without the hassle of a long flight. This also makes it prime last-minute holiday territory. You could opt for the cheerful ambience of Benidorm in the Costa Blanca region, which offers cheesy entertainment and plenty of sun, sea and sand. Perhaps try family-friendly Costa Brava, or opt for the more exclusive resort of Costa de la Luz - a fabulous spot with luxury hotels and a chic, stylish ambience.
The Algarve is a great place for family escapes. Here you'll find a wide range of summer resorts dotted along Portugal's sunny south coast, ranging from non-stop Albufeira with its cheerful buzz and lively bars, to lovely Praia da Rocha and quiet Carvoeiro.
Malta is another summer holiday favourite. Enjoy its bubbly beach resorts, historic sites and beautiful rolling countryside, and spend a day in the capital Valletta where you can discover the island's important military past and soak up its lovely cafe culture.
Which summer holiday sizzler gets your vote?
Dorte Holm Jensen
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