2020 has been quite the year with all the holiday restrictions in place, people all over the UK will have missed their much-loved sunny holiday abroad this year.
But with a potential vaccine ready to roll out at the end of 2020 and safe travel arrangements in place, booking a holiday by the sea for 2021 is looking more and more likely.
To give you some travel inspiration, Inntravel have gathered their top holidays by the sea. Whether you want to discover the Mediterranean landscapes or wine taste in France, this list has it all.
The best of Slovenia, Slovenia
Next door to its better-known neighbours, Austria and Croatia, Slovenia is a small but stunning country. Although Slovenia is not well-known for its beach holidays, its Riviera boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and delightful coastal towns in Europe.
From Portoroz Beach to Mestna Beach, you will certainly feel like you are somewhere on the Amalfi coast. But unlike the Amalfi Coast, Slovenia also has some of the most diverse landscapes around.
The Inntravel holiday to Slovenia will take you on a relaxing train journey showcasing these diverse and beautiful landscapes, where you can enjoy the views of the iridescent peaks of the Julian Alps and experience the iconic glacial lakes of Bled and Bohinj.
If you are a foodie, Slovenia offers one of the best restaurant scenes there is. Whether you opt to enjoy lunch and wine-tasting in Goriska Brda (Slovenia’s hidden ‘Tuscany’) or you choose to dine in the charismatic capital of Ljubljana with its five-star restaurants, there is plenty of authentic Slovenian food to try.
Slovenia also has some of the best holiday accommodation to choose from such as the Bohinjska Bistrica or the Allegro Hotel, both characterful boutique hotels full of heritage.
Istria, Kvarner & Zadar, Croatia
This Inntravel holiday will take you Island-hopping around beautiful Northern Croatia. From stunning seascapes to magnificent sunsets, this self-guided journey will allow holiday goers to marvel in all that Istria, Kvarner and Zadar have to offer.
Exploring Croatia’s Adriatic coastline will showcase the language, food and architecture that is influenced heavily by Croatia’s neighbour, Italy. So, if you have travelled to the many beautiful cities of Italy, Croatia might be the next holiday destination for you.
Croatia also offers some of the best hotels, filled with character and a welcoming feel. Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, La Grisa boutique hotel is an oasis of tranquillity, reflected in the elegance of its interior. Or if you would prefer to be on the outskirts, Hotel Manora is a modern and well-equipped hotel with views or the sea and mountains.
City, Palaces and Wine, Portugal
Portugal offers some of the most fabulous cities, including Porto, Coimbra, and Lisbon. All of which are included in this Inntravel self-guided Portugal walking tour.
These cities are filled to the brim with authentic culture and glorious views. In the country’s iconic cities, you will find magnificent historical monuments and palaces, which showcase the African and South American influences that reside there.
On visiting these Portuguese cities, you can expect to find wine-tasting venues, crystal clear waterfronts and historic ruins, perfect for a leisurely holiday. But if you prefer hustle and bustle don’t fear, as the lively capital of Lisbon offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to explore.
Like each Portugal city, the accommodation is as delightful as it is varied. If you are holidaying in Portugal with Inntravel, you can expect to stay at hotels such as Pestana Vinta Porto, Quinta de la Rosa, Sapientia Boutique Hotel, Lawrence’s Hotel or Solar do Castelo. Each hotel offering in house restaurants or bars.
Atlantic to the Mediterranean, France
On this Inntravel self-guided rail Journey, you will be able to discover the beautiful cities of Bordeaux, Avignon and Nice.
This Southern France holiday will take you through Gironde on the Atlantic Coast, the vast Languedoc-Roussillon, Golfe du Lion on the edge or the Mediterranean, and then to the delights of Provence and the Cote d’Azur.
With plenty of beaches along the way to soak up the sun, this sea escape will wow visitors with its irresistible landscape, its heritage filled cities and towns and its welcoming locals.
If you enjoy wine, Bordeaux and Nice will fulfil all of your wine-tasting needs, offering the most celebrated vineyards in France.
Some of the hotels on this self-guided journey by rail include the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre, Hotel due Donjon et des Remparts, Hotel de l’Horloge and La Villa Victoria. Each hotel handpicked for their superb locations.
Grand tour of the Peloponnese, Greece
This Greek Inntravel self-guided journey will enable you to discover the treasures of the Greek civilisation. Rich in mythology and history, Greece has some of the most extraordinary castles and ancient cities to explore.
The Peloponnese peninsula is one of Greece’s most natural beauties, unspoiled and filled to the brim with history. Some of the ancient sites you will come across include the medieval castles of Olympia and Epidavros, and the historic towns of Mystra’s and Monemvasia.
Whilst soaking up the historic Greek culture, you will discover some of the most beautiful beaches that boast crystal clear seas. If visiting in the Summer, you will find sea temperatures are very warm as they reach 28-30 C.
Greece is well-known for its welcoming accommodation, from small hotels and family-run apartments, to high-quality five-star hotels. On this self-guided Inntravel holiday, some of the hotels you might visit include Hotel Byzantion, Hotel Bastione Malvasia, Notos Hotel, Hotel Europa, and Hotel Marianna. All located near delicious eateries.
So, which holiday by the sea will you choose next year? Whether you opt for France or Greece, these Inntravel holidays are sure to take you on an unforgettable experience.
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