If, like us, you’re in desperate need of some rays, get yourself off to sunny Spain. Andalusia is one of the sunniest places in Europe so a short break there should cheer you up. The temperature is currently 27C, about 15 degrees more than the UK right now.
Named after John Nettles’ cool 80s TV detective show, the lovely town of Bergerac in the Dordogne is a fine choice for the connoisseur of quintessentially French holiday pursuits like drinking wine, gorging on fine local food and day-dreaming about retiring to the Dordogne. One day, perhaps?
Amsterdam is up there with the best city breaks if you value the simple pleasures of sightseeing, shopping and whiling away a warm afternoon with a cold beer on a sunny terrace. Avoid the red lights and check out the classy Jordaan to experience The Dam less damaged.
Ok, you’re a little late for Valentine’s Day, but how about surprising the love of your life with an early summer break in Verona, where Romeo quickly forgot about Rosalind when he saw Juliet at a party and thought: “She’s well fit”. The rest is history.
Three islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino), two capitals (Mdina = ancient; Valetta = modern) and one hot summer destination. Lying somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, Malta can get pretty scorching, while right now it’s a manageable 26C. Sounds ok, doesn’t it?
Rock on! Rather an unusual destination, Britain’s sunny outpost of Gibraltar offers all manner of quirky sights and attractions, from its apes to the Edinburgh Arms – the most southerly pub in mainland Europe. You can stay in Gibraltar, or it’s easy to visit on a day trip from the Costa del Sol.
Glasgow doesn’t spring to mind for a summer sun destination, but the days are long, and that’s something. On a sunny afternoon, stroll through the city’s Botanic Gardens and as the sun starts to dip, wander to the nearby West End for a drink or two, and for a dinner for two.
If lying on a beach isn’t adventurous enough, in Dalaman you can lie in a warm mud bath (if you don’t mind looking a bit daft). Fly to Dalaman to get to resorts on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast such as Marmaris, Hisaronu and Fethiye, and enjoy the brilliant beaches and warm sea.
Wilderness, whales, wild horses, reindeer, glaciers, mountain biking, thermal spas, and even scuba diving: summer in Iceland means more than just the midnight sun (but that’s pretty cool in itself). Even some midday sun would be appreciated in the UK right now!
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