Three breath-taking places for a relaxing getaway
If you’re looking for a holiday that will help you relax and unwind, whether it’s for a long weekend or an indulgent two week long trip, an island getaway is the perfect break to book. Surrounded by water and steeped in history, some of the best relaxing holiday destinations in Europe are just a short plane journey away and here are three of the best.
Roman Odeon image by Oscar Seljeskog, shared under a Creative Commons Licence
One of Greece’s most popular island holiday destinations, Kos is a firm favourite for relaxing, distressing and adventuring. For some, its beautiful beaches and historical sites, such as the 14th century fortress at the harbour, which was built in 1315, make it the ideal location for a wedding and sometimes a honeymoon, too!
If you’re looking for cultural activities to enjoy on Kos with your significant other, then head straight for the Asklepieion, the ruin of an ancient medical centre, built in the 3rd century BC, which was named after the sun god, Apollo this site was once a sanctuary for the rich and wealthy.
Elsewhere, the Roman Odeon is Kos’ smaller version of the Colosseum in Rome. Built in the 2nd century BC, it was the site of gladiatorial bouts, performances and other public spectacles. After all that sightseeing, head to a local spa and step into the Thalasso Pool. Thalassa means sea, and the pool uses the healing properties of seawater to restore the body and mind.
Le Seu image by regipet, shared under a Creative Commons Licence
Majorca’s capital city, Palma, is a great place to begin a journey on the island, and its majestic gothic cathedral, Le Seu, has to be visited, or at least viewed from the sea to appreciate its exceptional beauty and craftsmanship.
After this, head to Arta, a lovely little town brimming with unique boutques selling local fare and crafts and great cafes and restaurants serving local delicacies. If you visit on a Tuesday, don’t miss the local market, which is a great place to find all sorts of mementos and trinkets.
Timanfaya National Park image by blinking idiot, shared under a Creative Commons Licence
Hiring a car is the best way to travel around Lanzarote, as it gives you more flexibility than public transport and lets you see much more of the island than you might do by bus.
Many couples choose to do this and enjoy a roadtrip around the island to some of Lanzarote’s most-famous spots, such as the Timanfaya National Park, which is well-known for its exceptional, almost other-worldly landscape which was formed by volcanic eruptions centuries ago. It’s also a wonderful place where you can enjoy some peace and quiet, as well as a perfect afternoon picnic spot.
Visitors can also visit the Lanzarote Wine Museum, The Cave of Los Verdes and the Castillo de San Gabriel, a 16th century fortress.
Going on holiday is a rare treat, so where would you like to go to relax?