Holiday season is very much here. While many of the better organised among us will have already booked their summer break, lovers of spontaneity might well want to seek some inspiration for last-minute summer escapes. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the most inspirational summer getaways in the world.
Home to some of Italy’s most picturesque landscapes, Piedmont includes rolling magical misty hills, vineyards and olive groves. Aside from the views, the destination is also famous for its unsurpassed gastronomy and wine.
Birthplace of the Slow Food Movement, home of the highly prized White Truffle of Alba and host of some of the world’s most sought-after and revered wines, Piedmont might well have Italy’s richest culinary scene. There’s only one way to find out for yourself…
Cape Town is also the South African culinary capital, with San Pelligrino commended restaurants in Franschhoek. The Mediterranean style climate also provides perfect conditions for the now world-revered South African wine.
Home to quite possibly the most stunning beach in the world, Krabi has more picture postcard scenes than the average digital camera can store. As you head south through the province, the majestic, almost impossibly angular, limestone crags become more magnificent as they jut out above the crystal clear sea.
Railay Beach is a particular highlight. A remarkable towering cliff, with crags seemingly meticulously carved for maximum effect, overlooks the clean, white sand and perfectly transparent sea. Meanwhile, friendly monkeys hop around on nearby palm trees.
The French Riviera, Côte D’Azur, is possibly the most captivating stretch of the Mediterranean Sea. With beautiful rolling hills, impossibly blue sea and charming islands beyond, the best views come from the ‘world’s most romantic road’, La Grande Corniche.
The highlight vista is at a section between Eze and Nice, where one can see the jagged clifftops of the Alps in the backdrop, beautiful sweeping views of the Maures Massif and St. Tropez to the west and the stunning seascape ahead.
Some have dubbed Spain’s Andalusia coastline ‘Europe’s Caribbean’. With just a quick glance at the immaculate clear sea that gently caresses the pristine golden beaches, it becomes difficult to idisagree.
The shore along Spain’s most beautiful stretch of coastline remains largely undiscovered, with an utterly remarkable expanse of unspoilt dunes and beaches, which are lit up by the 330 days of sunshine the region receives.