You’re chained to your desk in a miasma of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. The view outside your window reminds you of communist Russia. And if Val from accounts shows you a picture of her pet cat again, you swear you’ll explode.
That’s it – it’s time for a holiday.
But where should you go? Like the best adventures, our advice is to throw a dart in a map and see where it lands.
That’s exactly what we’ve done. Using Edinburgh Airport as our base of operations, we’ve left our cars with the Edinburgh Airport Park & Ride, booked a flight and jetted off to pastures anew.
So what did we find?
We all dream of jetting off to sunnier climes, especially during the Great British non-summer every year. And in Alicante, the sun could put Blighty’s slivers of sunlight to shame.
A port city on Spain’s Costa Blanca, Alicante is visited by thousands of tourists every year, and they’re all in the region for one reason – to siesta on some sun-kissed beaches.
The old town is beset with narrow roads, colourful houses, mouth-watering restaurants and enough nightlife to satisfy even the most avid clubber.
For those in the mood for some culture, head along to the Castle of Santa Barbara, a towering monument to medieval architecture. From there you’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest views this town has to offer, as well as take in the manmade beauty of this fantastic building.
Italy – a country known for the best food in the world, and some of the most impressive cities in the western hemisphere.
Nowhere sums up this reputation more than Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. Great food is at the heart of this beautiful city, with tortellini and cold cuts of ham on offer in almost every restaurant and backstreet cafe.
Here is a city that’s maintained the spirit of its architecture, with basilicas and colourfully ornate buildings dominating the skyline. For the culture vultures amongst you, it’s well worth a visit.
Pete Tong gone wrong, Kevin and Perry havin’ it large and mad Balearic beats in a banging nightclub – that 90s trend of insane club nights in Ibiza has never quite vanished, but this is an island with so much more to offer.
Set foot in the old city and you’ll enjoy an old-school glamour of lilting yachts, rickety buildings and stretches of sun lilting on the warm ocean.
Away from Pacha or Hard Rock Hotel, this is an island filled with class. Can you think of a better way to spend a summer?