A beach in Majorca with white sand and clear blue water.

Top 7 European Holidays for Summer 2022!

04 Feb 2022 By Matt French
A beach in Majorca with white sand and clear blue water.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be daydreaming of your next summer holiday right about now. That’s why we’ve put together our top 7 destinations in Europe to give you a little inspiration for your next getaway. Whether it’s sunbathing on a beautiful Spanish beach, or taking a stroll through a charming Greek village, there’s something here for every taste and budget.

Dalaman Holidays, Turkey

A blue lagoon with boats in Dalaman, Turkey.

What to expect

One for serious sun worshippers, Dalaman reaches highs of 35°C in August. And there’s no better place to soak up the summer sun than the beautiful Turkish Riviera. Home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, it’s the ideal place to take a dip in calm, crystal-clear waters.

Once in a lifetime

For a unique and memorable experience, why not get a birds-eye view of the stunning coastline? Home to some of the best paragliding in the world, here you can leap off nearby Mt. Babadag in a breathtaking tandem ride with a top instructor!

Accommodation

We offer a range of hotels, most with pools, all at budget friendly prices. With amenities including tennis, yoga, kids’ clubs and evening shows, our resorts and hotels ensure your stay is entertaining and relaxing.

Paphos, Cyprus

A view of the blue ocean with foliage in the foreground in Paphos, Cyprus.

What to expect

Hot enough for that perfect tan during the day, and cool enough to sleep at night, Paphos offers plenty of sun and relaxation. The ideal holiday destination for families and couples, you’ll find endless Blue Flag beaches for fun-filled days out and dining options to suit every taste. For a break from the beach, all ages will love exploring Paphos Old Town, with its fascinating medieval history.

Unforgettable memories

Taking a glass-bottom boat trip is a wonderful holiday experience. You’ll not only get to see all kinds of brightly coloured fish, you might even catch a glimpse of a sea turtle or two! Snorkelling will also be included as part of the excursion, so you can get up close and personal with the wildlife below the water!

Paphos hotels and resorts

All our Paphos hotels and resorts are just a short walk from the ocean, so you can enjoy your holiday experience to the fullest. From apartments with pools, to resorts by the beach, we make sure our carefully chosen accommodation gives you maximum, sun, fun and convenience.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

On the golden sandy beach of Playa de las Americas in Tenerife, Spain

What to expect from holidays to Tenerife

The perfect summer holiday climate of Tenerife means that you can safely leave the hoodies and jeans at home. From the unusual black sand beaches of Puerto de la Cruz to the fine golden sands of Costa Adeje, this awe-inspiring island is truly a beach lover’s paradise.

Besides beautiful beaches, there’s so much more to Tenerife. A visit to Teide National Park is a must, where you can take a cable car to the top of the famous volcano – the highest point in Spain. And for adrenaline junkies, the island offers all manner of exciting activities, from rock climbing and volcano canyoning, to skydiving and paragliding.

Memorable experiences

Whale and dolphin watching is one of the most memorable experiences you can have on your Tenerife holiday. Excursions vary by price and tour length, but all are designed to be respectful to the animals, and keep your group safe. Whichever trip you choose, you’ll get to watch these magnificent creatures live and play in their natural habitat. Just don’t leave the camera at home!

Resorts and hotel packages

We have a large number of resorts and hotels offering everything from self-catering to All Inclusive packages, so you’re sure to find the right fit. All our top hotels feature pools, bars and plenty of entertainment options for children and adults.

Corfu, Greece

View of a lighthouse at sunset in Corfu, Greece.

What to expect from holidays in Corfu

With temperatures averaging 30°C through the day in August, and a pleasant 18°C at night, Corfu is the ideal holiday destination for all-day fun in the sun and enticing evenings out. With a variety of beautiful beaches, from the stunning white sands and deep blue waters of Paleokastritsa, to the soft golden sands of Agios Georgios, there’s something here for every kind of sun-seeker.

At the lively beach resort of Kavos, there’s a 2km stretch of sandy beach for daytime tanning and splashing about in the clear blue water. In the evening you can choose to have a quiet dinner sampling delicious Greek cuisine, chill out to some cool vibes at a beachside bar, or even party the night away at one of many late-night bars and clubs.

Experience Corfu

For a traditional experience, the mountain village of Pelekas is hard to beat. Just 14km from Corfu Town, this charming village remains unspoiled and gives you a good idea of the old Greek way of life. Free from high-rises and tourist hotels, Pelekas makes for an unhurried day out, and its elevated location means you can find stunning views of the coastline below.

Where to stay

Our favourite hotels and resorts can be found in all corners of Corfu, so whichever type of holiday you choose, we’ve got you covered. From All Inclusive stays, to Half Board and Self Catering, our extensive list of accommodation ensures you get the Corfu holiday that’s right for you.

Costa Brava, Spain

A small bay with boats on the beach in Costa Brava.

What to expect from holidays in Costa Brava

With daytime temperatures in the summer hitting the high 20’s, the Costa Brava is the perfect getaway for lazy days in the sun. While the beautiful beach towns of Lloret-De Mar and Calella remain ever-popular, there are any number of secluded coves and hidden beaches waiting to be explored. The area is also a paradise for foodies, with hundreds of highly-rated restaurants to try out. Choices include paella, tapas, and fresh seafood, along with family favourites such as pasta and pizza.

Unforgettable Barcelona

From Calella, the spectacular sights of Barcelona are just an hour’s train ride away, while the journey from Lloret De Mar can be done in an hour and a half by bus. However you get there, this magical city is well worth the trip.

For an unforgettable holiday experience, take a stroll down La Rambla, the world-famous avenue home to musicians, street performers and mime artists. Pay a visit to Sagrada Familiar church, a Gaudi masterpiece, and check out Casa Battlo, an awe-inspiring feat of architecture built as a tribute to Saint George.   

Accommodation

Our wide range of Costa Brava hotels ensures you get the best accommodation for your needs. Situated a stone’s throw from the beautiful Costa Brava coast, our hotels and resorts feature outdoor pools, spas, recreation and entertainment for all ages.

Madeira, Portugal

A view looking down at white houses with terracotta roofs and the bay in the background in Madeira.

What to expect

With hot days, balmy evenings and warm seas, the island of Madeira will make you feel like you’re somewhere truly exotic. And while there are plenty of nice beaches to be had, such as those found at Calheta and Seixal, Madeira is more about stunning historic buildings, amazing coastal views, and great food.

The capital, Funchal should be on everyone’s itinerary, with its art deco market and 16th century cathedral. Here, you’ll also find the biggest selection of shops, restaurants and bars on the island, so this ancient city makes a great base for exploring the rest of the island.

Breathtaking landscapes

You’ll need to rent a car for this one, but trust us, it’s worth it because the views from the top of Pico de Arieiro are just stunning. Standing at the summit of Madeira’s third highest mountain, you’ll gaze out through the clouds at a truly incredible landscape. From here, you have the choice of completing the popular 7km hike to Pico de Ruivo, the highest point on the island, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views.

Top Madeira Hotels

We offer a complete range of Madeira hotels. Our hotels and resorts are chosen with you in mind and are designed to make your Madeira holiday comfortable and relaxing. Whether you require an adult only escape, an All Inclusive package, Bed and Breakfast, or Half Board, our accommodation has you covered.

Majorca

A pink-hued beach in Majorca, Spain.

What to expect from holidays to Majorca

Put simply, this island has it all. From family friendly beaches and resorts, to secluded bays and coves, days can be spent relaxing in the sunshine or zipping around on a jet ski. There’s snorkelling, scuba diving, quadbike riding, and cave exploring. Why not try your hand at paddle boarding on the crystal-clear ocean, or go canyoning through a waterfall? You can even take to the skies with a tandem paraglide or skydive, or drift far above the island in a hot air balloon.

An island for everyone

When it comes to culture, Majorca won’t disappoint. The majestic Cathedral of Palma is a must-see, and while you’re in the city, take a stroll through beautiful old streets and alleyways, where you’ll stumble across museums, galleries and architecture both old and new.

Palma is also a great foodie destination. With tapas restaurants around every corner, and plenty of options for breakfast and dinner to suit every budget and taste, you could easily spend a whole day here just sampling the cuisine. Local specialities include sobrasada, (cured pork sausage) and coca de trampo (flatbread with vegetables).

Let’s not forget about the amazing nightlife on this special island. Boasting the biggest nightclub in Europe, BCM Planet Dance is the mecca of partying in the lively area of Magaluf – not to be missed for all serious clubbers. For a more laid back vibe, why not head to one of the many beachside bars and clubs that line the shores of Magaluf and Palma?

Get the most out of Majorca holidays

To get the most out of Majorca, your best bet is renting a car. There’s so much to see and discover on this idyllic island, you won’t want to feel like you’re missing out. The dramatic west coast and the magical Tramuntana mountains are waiting to be explored, while the highlight is surely the scenic drive towards the iconic Formentor lighthouse. Getting there will take you around some amazing hairpin bends for an unforgettable experience.

Favourite hotels and resorts

With outdoor pools, nearby beaches and entertainment for all ages, our Majorca hotels and resorts are designed to make your holiday special. Whether its Bed and Breakfast, Half Board, Self Catering or All Inclusive, our carefully chosen accommodation is perfect for every type of holiday.

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