As the sun shines brightly and the temperatures rise, Europe unveils its hidden gems, offering an array of summer weekend escapes that cater to every traveler's desires. Below we share insider recommendations on where to visit, stay, dine, and what to do in our favourite EU summer destinations.
Sicily feels enchanting with its breathtaking views, ancient ruins, charming streets, and vibrant atmosphere. Starting fromTaormina you can take a trip to Mount Etna, The Aeolian Islands, or continue along the coast through Cefalu to Palermo.
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TRATTORIA DA NINO - Authentic Sicilian flavours and excellent seafood.
BAM BAR - Known for serving refreshing and flavorful granita. A scene from White Lotus was also shot here.
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TISCHI TOSCHA - For classic Sicilian cuisine and fantastic pasta.
VILLA SANT'ANDREW HOTEL - The perfect spot for aperitivo hour.
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SAN DOMENICO PALACE - The iconic Four Seasons Hotel where season 2 of The White Lotus was filmed.
THE ASHBEE - A charming boutique hotel known for its timeless elegance, impeccable service, and stunning views of the Ionian Sea.
BELMOND GRAND HOTEL TIMEO - A luxurious historic hotel located offering breathtaking views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.
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Explore the Ancient Greek Theater
Wander Through the Historic Center
Visit Isola Bella - a small island just off the coast of Taormina.
Relax at Mazzarò and Spisone beaches.
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Ibiza may be best known by many for its glistening high life and club scene, however the Spanish Balearic island has also long held status of an alluring vacation destination for creative exploration, beachside relaxation, and fresh Mediterranean cuisine.
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JUL'S - Go to Jul’s for a sunset drink, and stay for the exceptional flavours of mediterranean gastronomy. Furnished with large communal tables, we love this stylish beachfront restaurant for its authentic flavours and buzzing atmosphere.
JONDAL - Renowned for exquisite seafood and pared back decor, this is one of our favourite lunch time spots for relaxed dining in a chic beach club setting. Located on the picturesque Cala Jondal beach. You can take a car from Ibiza Town or a private yacht straight to shore.
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SES BOQUES - An authentic Chiringuito, Ses Boques is nestled in a secluded bay area surrounded by the wild rugged landscape of Ibiza’s south coast. The perfect place to visit for a traditional Ibizan lunch under the sun. Must-try dishes include the paella, sautéed garlic lobster, or sea bass.
CASA MACA - One of the island’s hippest foodie hangouts. Casa Maca’s open-air space is the epitome of alfresco dining. Visit for the seasonal farm to table menu, laid-back vibe, and botanical blend cocktails.
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NOBU HOTEL - Luxurious beachfront retreat for those seeking a sophisticated and indulgent getaway.
HACIENDA NA XAMENA - An exquisite luxury hotel in Ibiza, perched on a cliffside and offering breathtaking views, exceptional service, and a serene atmosphere, providing a haven of relaxation and indulgence for discerning travelers.
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SIAU HOTEL - An exclusive adults only hotel.
LOS ENAMORADAS - A charming boutique hotel known for its bohemian chic style, breathtaking sea views, and laid-back atmosphere that captures the essence of the island's free-spirited and eclectic vibe.
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Explore Ibiza Old Town - A UNESCO World Heritage site. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets, lined with stylish boutiques, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants.
Visit Cala Gracioneta - Hidden in a tranquil spot on the San Antonio coast you’ll find a charming beachside restaurant by the name of Cala Gracioneta. Stop by for après-beach cocktails or a long lunch on the shoreline of crystal-clear waters.
Spend the day at Cala Saladeta or Cala d’Hort.
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Nestled along the sun-kissed Aegean coast of Turkey, Bodrum offers an ideal destination for a memorable summer getaway with its azure waters, picturesque beaches, and vibrant culture.
ORFOZ - A secret spot in Bodrum, this restaurant is worth the drive for extraordinary food and the perfect local wine list.
MIMOZA RESTAURANT - A culinary gem, renowned for its elegant ambiance, exceptional service, and fusion of Mediterranean and international flavors.
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LIMON - Perched on a verdant hillside, offers an enchanting setting to witness breathtaking sunsets over the sea. From inventive cocktails to a menu featuring the finest Turkish specialties, including a generous mezze sharing platter, it provides a delightful dining experience against a backdrop of stunning panoramic views.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL - A luxurious retreat nestled on Paradise Bay.
THE BODRUM EDITION - From the founder of Studio 54, TBE embodies understated luxury with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
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MACAKIZI HOTEL - Among the area’s most beautiful beaches, this hotel is a renowned coastal haven.
AMANRUYA - A hidden gem, nestled amidst lush pine forests, offering unparalleled luxury, exquisite private villas with pools, and a serene setting.
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Visit the bustling Bodrum bazaar on Tuesdays, find textiles and aromatic herbs to fresh fruits and locally sourced teas.
For fashion enthusiasts, a trip to Yalikavak Marina is a must. Here you can explore the works of talented local designers.
For an unforgettable day of maritime bliss, embark on a traditional Turkish gulet to explore the mesmerizing cerulean blue bays. The gulet offers a comfortable setting to bask in the sun between swims.
Spend the day at one of Bodrum's azure blue water beaches.
A picturesque town nestled along Portugal's stunning Algarve coast, is a hidden gem that seamlessly blends historical charm with luxurious indulgence. Lagos offers a perfect summer escape with its breathtaking beaches, rich cultural heritage, and Portuguese cuisine.
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BON BON - An unforgettable dining experience, this is a Michelin-starred restaurant renowned for its innovative and creative approach to Portuguese cuisine. Located in a charming farmhouse, Bon Bon offers an intimate atmosphere and a tasting menu that showcases the region's finest ingredients.
CASINHA DO PETISCO - Amazing seafood especially the house prawns, be sure to make a reservation they get very busy in high season.
PADARIA CENTRAL - A traditional Portuguese bakery, your trip to portugal isn't complete without eating pastel de nata!
ZAZU BEACH CLUB - A sophisticated beachfront haven serving a variety of portuguese, mediterranean, and asian dishes.
BELA VISTA - Experience the epitome of elegance and sophistication at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa. Housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion overlooking the golden sands of Praia da Rocha, this boutique hotel exudes timeless charm. With its luxurious rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a serene spa, Bela Vista Hotel & Spa provides a haven of opulence and relaxation.
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CASCADE WELLNESS RESORT - An oasis of tranquility nestled between the stunning cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean. This five-star resort offers elegantly designed rooms, exquisite spa facilities, and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Indulge in world-class amenities, relax by the infinity pool, and immerse yourself in the serenity that defines this coastal retreat.
CASA MAE - A forgotten coastal estate transformed into an idyllic holiday retreat. This boutique hotel that seamlessly blends contemporary design with historic charm.
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Explore Ponta da Piedade - Embark on a boat tour to Ponta da Piedade, a stunning rock formation renowned for its towering cliffs, hidden grottoes, and crystal-clear turquoise waters.
Discover Lagos Old Town - Take a stroll through the charming streets of Lagos Old Town, a place where history and culture come alive.
Enjoy Lagos Beaches - Lagos boasts some of the most stunning beaches in Portugal. Spend leisurely days basking in the sun on the golden sands of Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, or Meia Praia.