The summer solstice is finally here, which means it’s officially the longest day of the year. In fact, we are being treated to 17 hours and 19 seconds of daylight to be precise. Whilst many will be flocking to Stonehenge to celebrate the festival, it’s not all great news. The summer solstice is also the date when days start to shorten the countdown to the end of summer begins. So in order to celebrate the longest day of the year and to make the most of the rest of the summer period, why not use our guide to the top 5 destinations for the ultimate summer getaway to book yourself a well deserved break.
1. Mykonos, Greece
If you’ve been to Greece, it is likely you have visited one of the more popular destinations such as Kos or Zante. However, Mykonos is not a destination to be overlooked. With a maze of streets that lead through pristine white buildings and over twenty golden sand beaches, there is so much to see and do here. In the day time you can find yourself relaxing on the beach at one of the infamous beach bars or go for a wander and visit a variety of luxury shops and restaurants. The island is also renowned for having a great nightlife, with bars and restaurants that could match any major city.
The island is a perfect getaway for people of all ages, making it a great destination if you are going away with your family. What’s even better, the island offers the sense of luxury without the expensive price tag. Nice one!
2. St Tropez, France
There are so many great destinations in southern France and if you can’t make up your mind where to stay, choose St Tropez. In the height of summer, over 100,000 people visit the resort a day; ensuring there is always a great atmosphere at this destination. With a variety of great beaches and marinas where some the world's most rich and famous a-listers dock their yachts, it's not hard to see why.
When visiting St Tropez, take a trip inland to Gorges du Verdon. This is France’s answer to the Grand Canyon. With a drop of over 700m to the river floor, the views here are just beautiful. You can even take a trip down the river in a boat or canoe your way down the river yourself.
3. Fesdu Island, Maldives
If you have a large holiday budget, the Maldives is a great holiday choice. There is no agriculture and no industry here, simply unspoiled beaches and turquoise seas which make the Maldives some of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Granted, there isn’t lots of entertainment facilities on the islands. But if you are simply in need of relaxation, the Maldives can definitely offer you that. You even have the opportunity to stay in your own apartment that is elevated above the sea. Perfect.
4. Venice, Italy
If you want more than just a beach and a bar on your holiday, then Venice is a great holiday destination for you. Full with outstanding architecture and mysterious pathways, Venice is truly one of the most enticing cities in the world.
After spending the day getting lost in the maze of streets around the city and taking in all the sites, why not view Venice from a different perspective? The moonlit gondola rides through the centre of the city give you the perfect opportunity to do so.
5. Newquay, England
You don’t need to venture a million miles away to have a great holiday. Newquay in southern England gives you the feeling of being abroad, without the hefty price tag. With a variety of beautiful golden sand beaches and some sun, you may begin to wonder whether you are in England or Spain!
Newquay is also a great place to visit if you enjoy water sports. There is plenty of opportunities to go surfing, paddleboarding or ride a jet ski and it doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or just a beginner.