Southern Europe Holidays
Southern Europe, including Portugal, Spain, The South of France, Italy, the Balkans, Greece and Turkey, is a real treat. Mild winters and scorching summers make these countries year-round destinations. Most visitors flock to the beaches, but city breaks are also tremendously popular. This region is particularly noted for its contribution to world art and culture, a fantastically laid-back lifestyle, some of the most beautiful and cultured cities on the planet, and picturesque villages. The food is also generally excellent – you’ll find fancy fine dining in the cities, but to many, the local tavernas, bistros, trattorias and mehanas serve dishes that are just as tasty.
Southern Europe Holidays Guide
If you’re looking for beaches, then Portugal, Spain and the Canary Islands are the most popular destination. The South of France and the Almafi Coast are both fairly swanky and exclusive, while Croatia has arguably the cleanest and least developed coast. If you want to see the cities, then try Barcelona, Madrid, Granada or Valencia in Spain, Rome, Florence or Venice in Italy, Athens in Greece and Istanbul, Antalya or Izmir in Turkey. Great pieces of classical and renaissance art and architecture are scattered around the region, and not just in the cities or countries that you’d most closely identify with either – check out the Roman amphitheatre in Pula or some of the Spanish palaces.