The time has come again. All the excitement that comes with booking your summer holiday lies ahead. Your 2018 getaway is a blank canvas and you get to decide exactly how it looks. A coat of culture? A splash of scenery? And what exactly is the perfect shade of sand? It’s completely up to you! Art, holidays – they’re all subjective anyway. Delve into our 2018 Summer Holidays Guide and start picturing pools, beaches and so much more.
Ever fancied yourself as a flamenco dancer? Or dreamt of partying at a fiery Spanish fiesta? A Spanish villa holiday in Andalucía could be the answer! It’s the perfect place to discover quintessential Spain's character, charm and tradition. Exploring the narrow streets of Nerja, you'll get a flavour of authentic Andalucía. The whitewashed buildings and lively square could be the backdrop for your best-ever holiday snaps.
Andalusían shores are ideal if you love sun, sea and sand. The area's known for its beaches. The best news? Despite its popularity, you’ll still be able to find secluded spots. So you’re in luck if you’re a tranquil traveller, searching for peace and quiet on your 2018 summer holiday. There's a beach for every taste in Torremolinos. Heading away with your kids? You’ll find sheltered beaches, perfect for swimming and splashing around. If it's just the two of you, find your own piece of tropical paradise. Golden sand, fringed with palm trees - what more could you want? If you just can’t sit still, you’ll have your pick of exciting watersports too!
Virgen del Carmen festival – 16th July
Get ready for the celebration of the patron saint of fishermen, where firework displays and local bands make for a carnival atmosphere. Heading out onto streets you’ll get a feel for Andalusían life. If you love the sound of the buzz and bustle, enjoy the celebrations in Malaga’s seaside towns! People flock here from the city, creating an incredible vibe you’ll remember long after the festival ends.
Prepare yourself to fall head over heels for Rhodes! The island possesses a charm that’s difficult to resist. The Ottomans returned to Rhodes time and again, although they were more intent on conquering than catching the sun. Events like this have given it an amazing story to tell. So if you’re hooked on history, you’ll be fascinated by this island. From its Old Town to the ancient acropolis at Lindos – you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.
Ancient history’s not for everybody, so maybe golden sands and turquoise waters might tickle your fancy? Rhodes is home to amazing beaches! You’ll find one for every taste, from long stretches of sand to charming bays. Taking your little ones on a summer adventure? Lardos’ Blue Flag beach is ideal for families. Prasonisi Beach is paradise for active adults – with almost perfect conditions, why not try your hand at windsurfing here? Who knows, you might be a natural! Taking home a new hobby as your souvenir of Rhodes.
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary – August 15th
It’s time for mixing with the locals and getting a feel for the real Rhodes! On August 15th the islanders celebrate the Virgin Mary passing into heaven. Festival and feast meet in village squares, where you’ll find locals in great spirits. Known as Panigiri’s, these celebrations are your opportunity to taste the local tipple. Tuck into some traditional delights too! Greek salads, soups and meats are likely to be on the menu. With local musicians providing the soundtrack to this amazing experience, you might feel like a real resident of Rhodes by the time the party ends.
A stretch of coastline that’s as beautiful as it is intriguing – the Dalmatian Coast is ideal for your 2018 summer holiday. If you’re daydreaming of incredible beaches, choose a villa in reach of the Makarska Riviera. Set out your towel on the golden sand, enjoying views of the towering Biokovo Mountains. There’s only so much sunbathing you can do! When you get bored take a dip in the turquoise Adriatic waters. Hiring a pedalo will let you explore the coastline at your own pace. Why rush? Take your time, you’re on holiday after all.
Not everybody loves the feeling of sand between their toes. Maybe exploring historic towns sounds like holiday heaven? You’re in luck, as the Dalmatian Coast is bookended by Split and Dubrovnik. You’ll find all the history you need! From walking the Old Town walls in Dubrovnik, to exploring the Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival 10th July – 25th August
Finding a Dubrovnik event that you’ll love is simple during the summer months. The annual festival offers an impressive programme of more than eighty! You’ll find musical concerts, theatrical performances, outdoor cinemas and so much more. 2017 saw Shakespeare, Swan Lake and symphonies, you can expect the 2018 line up to be just as impressive.
If you picture Cyprus, the rugged coastline and golden sands might spring to mind. The beaches are incredibly beautiful, that’s true. But there’s more to Cyprus than meets the eye! Mountains, waterfalls and sand dunes offer the type of back to nature adventure that we’ve all dreamt of. Put your walking boots to the test in the Troodos Mountains. Dense forests and quaint villages are ripe for holiday exploration. Nearby you’ll find the stunning Millomeri Waterfalls – where cascading water tumbles down the rock face and into the pool below.
Take a visit to the Adonis Baths in Paphos and you can even go for a swim in the falls! Myth and legend surround this beautiful spot. It was supposedly popular with Aphrodite and Adonis, who had a number of their children here. Maybe taking a dip where the water’s warmer sounds more like your cup of tea? The Blue Lagoon should be top of your list! Its turquoise waters are crystal clear, so pack your snorkel for an amazing underwater experience. Head into the city and you can expect to be charmed. Paphos was named European Capital of Culture in 2017. Home to a pretty harbour, ancient monuments and amazing beaches, you’ll wonder why it took so long for the city to be crowned.
Limassol Wine Festival – August
Get ready to sample some of the finest Cypriot wines! At the end of August each year, this festival takes place in the municipal gardens. The event has been running for over 50 years, drawing visitors in their droves. Live music makes for an incredible atmosphere, as you enjoy the local tipple.
Searching for a summer destination that’s a little out of the ordinary? Menorca offers enough variety to put smiles on the faces of even the most hard to please. Sunseekers can feel the sand between their toes on idyllic beaches. History buffs can fill their boots at monuments dating back hundreds of years! And foodies will be in a fishy paradise, sampling the catch of the day at harbourside restaurants. Menorca might charm you into feeling like you never want to return home.
Enjoy a tale of two capital cities on your villa holiday. Exploring Ciutadella and Mahon is perfect for any culture vultures in your group. The cobbled streets of Ciutadella are brimming with Spanish charm. Wandering through the former capital, you’ll spot medieval buildings, palaces and churches. Mahon became the capital under British rule, which you’ll recognise in many of the town’s buildings. Pavement cafes line the narrow streets here - the perfect place for you to watch the world go by.
Menorca’s beaches are the perfect playground for your family’s summer adventure! You’ll find enough activities to keep even the most energetic entertained at Cala Galdana. Get ready for shallow waves and warm waters - your little ones will love splashing around to their heart’s content here. The beach can get busy, but there’s plenty of hidden gems too. Cala Algaiarens is less crowded, so you’ll have more space for family frolics on your summer getaway.
Sant Marti Festival – July
You’ll want to listen out for the whistle blower! Once the Fabioler signals the start of the festival, you’ll see black Menorcan horses parading through the streets. Make sure you bag yourself a great spot in the square. The parade will make its way there, growing as it goes. Locals gather here to grab themselves a slice of good fortune. Touching the metal hearts worn by the horses is meant to bring good luck. The horses stand on their rear legs for this - a sight you won't want to miss! Typically the Sant Marti Festival takes place on the third weekend of July.
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