So, it’s pretty safe to say the last few years have not turned out how we thought they would. We’ve been working from makeshift desks in our kitchen, homeschooling our kids (we were not prepared for that!) and actually considered taking up crochet to pass the time…
Now that things are slowly starting to get back to a version of normality, we’re all going to be booking holidays like there’s no tomorrow – and really, really enjoying ourselves! So, we thought we’d deliver a dose of travel inspiration for 2023 holidays, because we all deserve a little something to look forward to. A soirée in the French Riviera, perhaps?
A chic seaside town on France’s Basque Coast, Biarritz is a magnet for surfers, art lovers and foodies. Go for coastal walks in the hunt for hidden sandy spots and dramatic cliff scenery, ride the waves at Europe’s first-ever surf beach, Côte des Basques, or go for a historic wander around the museums and heritage buildings of this charming town.
tylish, cosmopolitan and effortlessly elegant – everyone needs to spend a holiday in the French Riviera at least once in their lives, as it makes you feel just a little bit like an A-Lister. The coastline is fringed by a collection of chic coastal towns where you can dine alfresco on a sun-soaked terrace, spend your days by the beach, and rub shoulders with the glamorous as you sip champagne while watching the sunset.
Home to some of the best beaches in Greece, this mountainous peninsula on the mainland flies gloriously under the radar due to many people escaping to the nearby islands. Forested hills, ancient monasteries and rustic stone houses make this a truly authentic escape. Spend your days kicking back on a secluded, sun-baked beach, drive along the coastal roads to explore charming local villages, or soak up the spirit and atmospheres of the local restaurants and bars. This is where you come to rest, relax and recharge.
An island of historic treasures, a lively town centre, and wild scenery, Kos is way more than fine sand beaches and electric blue waters (although we wouldn’t say no to spending our whole holiday lazing on said beaches). Boasting a rich history, visitors have a selection of monuments to visit, such as Asklepion, Neratzia Castle and Antimachia Castle. Or if you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and watch the world go by, you can do that too.
Where boho meets Turkish tradition, this white-washed seaside town is steeped in history, dating as far back as the Lycian times. When you’re not wandering the bougainvillaea-draped old quarter or taking a boat trip across the Med, you can explore ancient Lycian cities, tombs and the amphitheatre. While away a lazy morning feasting on a Turkish breakfast in a local café, before heading to the beach or discovering crumbling ruins.
Set in the gorgeous, sun-soaked Paphos, this stylish retreat is ideal for those looking for everything in one place. Five-star hospitality, tranquil beaches, a spa and an award-winning golf course mean you can spend your hours relaxing and recharging or getting stuck into daily activities. There’s an incredible kids club to keep the young ones entertained while you enjoy some much-needed me-time next to your private pool and in the evening, come together as a family for alfresco dinners as you gaze into the sunset. Bliss.
A low-key alternative to its Balearic neighbours, Menorca is all about the beach days. Its 216 km-long coastline is punctuated with hidden coves, long sandy stretches, Blue Flag beaches, and volcanic scenery. White-washed villages, picturesque cities and Bronze Age sites add to the charm of this Biosphere Reserve island (awarded by UNESCO in 1993) – it’s a great place for a family holiday.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s no surprise that Croatia’s Trogir is oozing in natural beauty. Once ruled by the Ancient Greeks, and subsequently the Romans, this pretty island city’s fascinating history is proudly displayed through its architectural delights.
But it’s not all about cathedrals and fortresses. If beach days are more your vibe, the dazzling Trogir Riviera will treat you to quaint, shingle beaches, warm waters and beachside bars. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly spots for swimming with little ones or lively stretches offering bars and restaurants, there’s something for every type of Trogir holiday.
ibrant, energetic and passionate – these are just some of the ways to describe the culture and the people of Mexico. With fiery cuisine, fiesta-filled calendars, and charming towns, cities and villages, you’ll never be bored on a trip to Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a creative art scene, interesting architecture, sleepy beaches, or luscious jungles, you’ll find this country is full of soul, with plenty to satisfy your appetite.
This Italian isle and its impossibly clear blue waters could easily be mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean! Sardinia’s craggy coastline interspersed with stunning white sand beaches provides ample exploring opportunities from above the water if you are keen on sailing, or below the water if a scuba excursion takes your fancy.