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6 Must-Visit Destinations For An Unforgettable Summer Holiday

With summer firmly on the horizon, we’re so excited to be planning some epic adventures in the sunshine! Whether you're seeking an action-packed trip or a relaxing getaway, we've curated a list of six awesome destinations that make for the perfect summer vacation. From mesmerising natural wonders to vibrant cultural experiences, these summer hotspots are waiting to be discovered. Let’s get into it!


Ease of Travel: Easy

Affordability: Moderate

Why Visit Rhodes in 2023?

Nestled in the Aegean Sea, Rhodes offers a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and sun-soaked beaches. Getting to Rhodes is a breeze, with direct flights from major European cities available from May onwards. Once you're there, you'll be enchanted by the island's mediaeval charm, ancient ruins and seemingly endless sandy beaches. Don't miss the incredible Palace of the Grand Master and the stunning Acropolis of Rhodes, and make sure to bask in the Mediterranean sunshine on Prasonisi Beach, famous for its windsurfing and watersports. Wander through the charming old town of Rhodes with its cobblestone streets, vibrant markets and Gothic churches for a slice of authentic mediaeval living. Rhodes promises an unforgettable summer experience for all ages - it’s high on our bucket list for 2023! 

Pictured is the Greek island Rhodes found on the Aegean Sea, and featured is one of its many beautiful beaches for travellers to enjoy.


Ease of Travel: Easy

Affordability: Moderate

Why Visit Croatia in 2023?

Croatia, with its stunning coastline along the Adriatic Sea, is the perfect destination for a European getaway this summer. Getting to Croatia is super convenient, with direct flights available from many major cities - perfect if you’re in the mood for some island-hopping! The country boasts a diverse range of attractions, from charming historic towns to breathtaking national parks. Explore the enchanting walled city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and walk along its ancient city walls or explore the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes. There’s also the beautiful coastal town of Split, home to the magnificent Diocletian's Palace, which should be on everyone’s travel itinerary! With its idyllic islands, picturesque beaches, and delicious seafood, Croatia is a paradise for sun-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike. 

An image of the stunning beaches found in Croatia, part of the Balkan Peninsula.


Ease of Travel: Moderate

Affordability: Moderate

Why Visit Montenegro in 2023?

Montenegro, a small Balkan country nestled along the Adriatic Sea, is a hidden gem that offers diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Although travelling to Montenegro requires a bit more planning, the country's natural beauty and historic charm make it worth the effort. From exploring the fortified coastal town of Kotor, with its narrow cobbled streets and stunning bay views to day-trips on the picturesque island of Sveti Stefan, a former fishing village turned luxury resort - there is beauty at every corner waiting to be discovered! For outdoorsy days, head over to the untouched beauty of Durmitor National Park, with its majestic mountains and turquoise glacial lakes, and for beach lovers, the sandy shores of Budva and the tranquil beaches of the Bay of Kotor await. Montenegro's mix of stunning landscapes, cultural treasures, and warm Mediterranean hospitality make for a captivating summer destination for all ages to enjoy!

Turquoise waters pictured in Montengro’s Kotor.


Ease of Travel: Easy

Affordability: Moderate

Why Visit Mallorca in 2023?

Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearic archipelago, is a Mediterranean paradise that’s versatility means there is something for everyone. With numerous direct flights from major European cities, reaching Mallorca is a breeze. This Spanish island offers picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and at night, the resort towns come alive with epic bars and restaurants. For a more chilled-out trip, explore the charming capital city of Palma, home to the impressive Palma Cathedral and the historic Bellver Castle. Nature-lovers will adore discovering hidden coves along the dramatic coastline or venturing into the scenic Tramuntana Mountains for breathtaking hikes. Mallorca's warm climate, rich history, and diverse landscapes make it an ideal summer destination for families, couples, and adventure seekers alike. 

Clear skies and Spanish beaches pictured in Majorca.


Ease of Travel: Moderate

Affordability: Moderate

Why Visit Sicily in 2023?

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is a captivating blend of ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. Ok, you might need to spend a tiny bit more time planning your trip here to ensure you get to see the most of this magical island, but all the best adventures require a little elbow grease! Explore the majestic Valley of the Temples in Agrigento or wander through the charming streets of Taormina, with its Greek theatre overlooking the sea. Indulge in delectable Sicilian cuisine, from fresh seafood to traditional cannoli, and of course, some Sicilian gelato! Plus, don't miss the chance to visit Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, and witness its awe-inspiring power. Sicily's cultural heritage, breathtaking scenery, and warm hospitality create an unforgettable summer experience in 2023.

Just one example of the beautiful Sicilian landscapes travellers can experience in Italy.

Côte d'Azur

Ease of Travel: Easy

Affordability: Luxury

Why Visit Côte d'Azur in 2023?

The Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is a glamorous and luxurious destination that has been captivating travellers for decades. With its stunning Mediterranean coastline, vibrant cities, and charming villages, the Côte d'Azur offers a blend of natural beauty and sophistication. Travelling to the region is easy, with major airports and excellent transport links. Explore the glittering city of Nice, with its stunning Promenade des Anglais and vibrant Old Town and stay in the fabulous resort town of Cannes, famous for its film festival and pristine sandy beaches. The Côte d'Azur is also home to exquisite cuisine, world-class museums, and breathtaking views. Whether it’s your first-time visiting or a regular holiday, explorers can happily indulge in the luxurious atmosphere and enjoy the essence of the French Riviera's charm in 2023.

Image of the Côte d'Azur in the summer as part of summer destination blog

These six incredible destinations offer the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration for your summer getaway in 2023. Whether you choose to explore the mediaeval charm of Rhodes, unwind on the stunning beaches of Mallorca, or immerse yourself in the rich history of Sicily, these destinations will create unforgettable memories that you can celebrate for years to come with your El Camino. Share your thoughts using #ElCaminoB on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok and tell us all about your experiences of these wonderful destinations! 

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