Jetting off to some sun soaked nirvana would be perfect at this time of year – especially since it’s still bucketing down in dear old Blighty.
The British Isles aren’t exactly the luckiest sorts when it comes to the weather. Just as the sun peeks through the clouds, it starts raining water or cats or frogs (or maybe penguins). The summer season is less predictable than a maverick cop in an 80s’ action movie. Indeed, getting away from this rainy summer is the name of the game for most of the population – especially if it means making it to warmer climes. With that in mind, we’ve parked our cars at the Gatwick meet and greet and flown to some sunny locations – all to report back to you. So have a look at three of the finest destinations we’ve uncovered.
Barcelona isn’t just a cracking Freddie Mercury tune – it’s also a Spanish sunny wonderland brimming with ace tourist locations.
The beating heart of the city is its architecture, a smorgasbord ranging from epic Gothic cathedrals to mad Modernist beauties (the stunning colours of Casa Batlló comes highly recommended).
Amidst the hustle and bustle of beautiful buildings is a ton of good food. Tapas and fines wines can be found on most streets, but one of the best restaurants in the entire city is Set Portes.
A dignified paella and seafood restaurant, Portes has a reverence for old recipes. You’ll quite literally enjoy a taste of the real Spain.
Dubbed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a place where people have always travelled to seek their fortunes.
From the Gold Rush of the late 19th century to the endless stream of people trying to become A-list actors, here is a veritable Eldorado – and these gilded streets can be the perfect holiday destination.
Hit the Hollywood studios to see the glitz and glamour of the film industry in full flow.
Or, if you simply want to soak up this very un-British sunlight, head to the beachfronts in Santa Monica. There you’ll see hip and beautiful people on roller skates, as well as some great restaurants where you can grab some fries and enjoy the view.
Italy’s bustling capital, Rome is where you go to see beautiful wrecks from an ancient empire. Locations like the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon offer a snapshot into a long-past history that will leave you yearning for the days of chariot races and centurions.
It’s not just a city reliant on its past, however.
Hit the Armando al Pantheon restaurant and you’ll enjoy a menu of finest Italian cuisine, as refreshing a taste as you could imagine. Really, even a downmarket restaurant offers the freshest cuisine, so don’t be frightened to experiment.