There's nothing more exciting than booking a summer holiday, whether it's to lay by the beach and tan all day or to explore some culture, but if you're indecisive like me, deciding on where to go can be rather difficult. If you're looking for something a little bit different to the party islands, yet want somewhere that is affordable and pretty, here's a few of my recommendations.
Barcelona is a city that will please just about everyone and is an easy comprise between a beach and a culture orientated holiday. With tapas galore, a short walk to the beach and dozens of museums and art galleries as well as a vibrant city life, it's easy to see why tourists fall in love with this Spanish city.
Lisbon is one of the cheapest capital cities in Europe and has been coined by many as the 'new Barcelona'. It has activities galore, gets 3000 hours of sunlight every year and the average temperature is over 30 degrees in the hottest months. If you're perfect European escape is drinking cheap, yet cheerful alcohol and getting a tan without the heavy social life, Lisbon is for you.
Every year there's always a new European hotspot that drives social media fanatics crazy - last year Instagram was pretty much a slew of hipster images of Budapest and Amsterdam and now this year it's Copenhagen. Copenhagen is a charming city with bicycles, boats, outdoor pools and the sea. Many say if you combine Venice and Amsterdam, it would pretty much result in Copenhagen. The city mainly appeals to those who love culture and foodies - Copenhagen is known for it's pastries and has the 'world's best restaurant'.
If you're looking for somewhere a little bit different, why not visit Prague? Prague is a destination that a lot of my friends have been raving about recently and it seems to be coming ever more popular over the years. Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic known for its music, its picturesque river and being home to dozens of museums and historical sights. It is also the 6th most visited place in Europe.
If your ideal holiday is eating pizza and gelato while shopping and checking out some history, you cannot really go wrong with Rome. If you fancy visiting Rome for free, Jones Bootmaker are running a competition for you to win a luxury city break, including flights, four nights in a 5 star hotel and excursions to some of the top tourist attractions.
Where are you planning on going this summer?