Best European summer breaks

Travel 2018-6-7
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Summer is finally here, and to get you in the holiday mood, we’re bringing you our top 5 picks of the best European destinations for an unforgettable summer getaway.

Split, Croatia – Flight time: approx. 2hrs 30 mins*

Located 200km north of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is Split - a vibrant town famous for its amazing beaches and Roman influences.

This town is bustling with life and there is always so much to do and see. From the Diocletian’s Palace to experiencing the freshness of the local seafood, taking in the sights to enjoying a night out on the town.

If you fancy something a bit different then why not book the Blue Cave and Hvar Tour which allows you to have a full day of exploring 5 different islands, swimming and snorkel in the amazingly clear water of the Adriatic and admiring natural sights such as the Blue Cave, the Green Cave and Stiniva Bay.

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Lofoten Islands, Norway – Flight time: approx.4hrs 35mins exc. layover*

If you fancy going somewhere a little different this summer then why not visit the Lofoten Islands located in the Norwegian Sea?

There is a lovely mild climate there due to the warm Gulf Stream and during the summer months you can experience the breath taking midnight sun in all its vibrant glory.

With such a diverse and magical landscape where you can go hiking, skiing, fishing, surfing or scuba diving, you will never be short of things to do.

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Cassis, France, Flight Time: approx.2hrs*

  • This little gem is one of best kept secrets in the South of France. Cassis is a beautiful port side town with a relaxed vibe and friendly locals.

    This charming town has so much to keep you busy from exploring the old streets to taking a dip in the crystal clear water to hiking around the mountains.

    While you’re here, make sure you sample the regional delicacy of lavender ice cream.

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 Reyjkavik, Iceland – Flight time: approx.3hrs 05 mins*

For you outdoorsy types who love getting back to nature, Reyjkavik [Ray-gyah-veek] is the place to be with an incredible landscape to explore and 1000s of years’ worth of culture to immerse yourself in. Even better, in the summer months there is almost 24 hours of daylight, leaving you with even more time to pack in fun activities and experiences.

Whale watching is a must where you can observe the gentle giants of the sea during a scenic boat ride. If you’re lucky you might even witness them doing a dance for everyone on the boat. Sea fishing, horseback riding and walking through the mountains are also brilliant ways to enjoy the landscape as well.

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Lagos, Portugal - Flight time: approx.3hrs*

Located on the beautiful Algarve coastline, Lagos is a lively city steeped in history with plenty of things to do and places to explore. You will never be short of options making it perfect for everyone to enjoy a week or so in the sun.

You can enjoy a scenic bike ride along the coastline and through the beautiful villages with one of the best cycle routes being along the coast from Lagos to Praia da Luz. To rent a bike for the day will cost you around €10 to €15.

While you’re there, don’t forget to try the authentic Portuguese cuisines such as Cataplana washed down with a bottle of locally produced wine.

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If you want a hand spreading the cost of your holiday this summer then why not check out our low cost Holiday Loans. Rates starting from just 3.5% APR Representative between £7,500 and £25,000.

*All flight times estimated from London.



Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.


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