Best Summer Holiday Destinations

By Monalisha Mallick

  ●   09 Jun 19


The taste of ice cream, the fragrance of sun cream and the sound of waves – Yes, summer holidays are all about fun, family, and vacation. This summer, leave behind the touristy attractions and instead explore something exotic. Each of these destinations cater to every type of traveller, be it a family holiday or an outing with friends or luxury getaway.

Be There This Summer – Best Summer Holiday Destinations

Port Louis, Mauritius

Mark Twain said ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. Mauritius is not all about pristine beaches and sumptuous resorts but also the pear shape island in the Indian Ocean offers great biodiversity, picturesque flora and fauna, lush golf courses, water sports, bird watching, mountain trekking, and kite surfing.


Where to stay?

  • The Residence
  • Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa
  • One&Only Le Saint Géran
  • Zilwa Attitude hotel
  • Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre

How to reach?

The Mauritius International Airport, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal is 48 kilometres from the main city of Port Louis. Mauritius is well connected to major cities across the world such as Dubai, Kuwait, London, Delhi and Cairo among others.

Must do in Mauritius

  • Visit Port Louis
  • Try Deep Sea Fishing
  • Experience Local Culture In Mahebourg
  • Trip to Ile aux Aigrettes
  • Head to Grand Bay

Victoria, Seychelles

Seychelles is like a dream – the sand oh so white and the sea a gorgeous blue. 100 beautiful islands come together & create nature’s biggest wonder – the Seychelles.

Seychelles Vacation

Where to stay?

  • Coco de Mer Hotel and Black Parrot Suites
  • Raffles Seychelles
  • La Digue Island Lodge
  • Le Relax Self-Catering
  • Bird Island Lodge Seychelles

How to reach?

Seychelles International Airport is well connected to Johannesburg, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Kuwaia, Sri Lanka and Frankfurt.

Must do in Seychelles

  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
  • Rock Climbing In Constance Ephelia
  • The Copolia Trail
  • Vallee De Mai Tour
  • Curieuse, Cousin Island, and St Pierre
  • Morne National Park
  • Helicopter Ride

Carcassonne, France

An extraordinary place with 2 UNESCO heritage sites, Carcassonne in France is a perfect medieval city. Straight out of fairy tale, the French city is best known for having an entire city that is a castle.


Where to stay?

  • Hotel Du Pont Vieux
  • Hôtel Restaurant Le Parc Franck Putelat 4 stars
  • La Rapiere
  • Hotel l’Argon
  • Audotel

How to reach?

Carcassonne Airport – or ‘Salvaza’ is located 3km west of Carcassonne town. Only Ryan Air has flights to Carcassonne. You can take flight to Paris and from there train is an affordable and comfortable mode of transportation to reach Carcassonne.

Must do in Carcassonne

  • Visit Chateau Comtal
  • Trip to The Jacobin Gate
  • Enjoy serene nature at Lac de la Cavayer
  • Explore Carcassonne Medieval City
  • Don’t miss the Lac De La Cavayere – Lake Cavayere

Tromso, Norway

This Norwegian gem is considered as one of the best places to watch the dazzling Northern Lights. Other than the polar atmosphere, this city has a rugged snow covered mountains, chilly fjords, history and so much more.


Where to stay?

  • Scandic Grand Tromso
  • Smarthotel Tromso
  • Clarion Hotel The Edge
  • Comfort Hotel Express
  • Radisson Blu Hotel

How to reach?

Tromso’s Langnes Airport has direct daily flights from Oslo. The airport is also connected to cities likeMurmansk, Arkhangelsk, Stockholm and Svalbard.

Must do in Tromso

  • Cable Car To The Mountain Floya
  • Fjord Cruise & Fishing
  • Polaria Arctic Experience Center and Aquarium
  • Extreme Auroras – Northern Lights Movie at The Science Centre
  • Must visit Vulcana Spa Boat

Alexandria, Egypt

Magnanimous Alexandria is referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’. It’s the Egypt’s second largest city which often takes a back seat in favor of Cairo, the capital city and the hotspot for tourist. But, Alexandria is a city that holds wealth of exciting Egyptian culture and a visit to this city would bright you in tryst with the history as it was.

Alexandria, Egypt

Where to stay?

  • Trio Hotel Kaoud Sporting
  • Windsor Palace Hotel
  • Sheraton Montazah Hotel
  • Aifu Resort
  • Plaza Hotel

How to reach?

Book your flight to Borg El Arab International Airport (HBE), which is an hour away from the city center. The city is well connected Cairo, and various locations across the Middle East, Greece and Turkey.

Must do in Alexandria

Visit Alexandria National Museum

Must see Bibliotheca Alexandrina

A walk in The Corniche

Must see Kom el-Dikka

Yerevan, Armenia

Ancient monuments, acclaimed modern architecture, holy pilgrim sites, bustling shopping and eat street markets and a warm hospitality awaits you in amazing Yerevan.


Where to stay?

  • My Hotel Yerevan
  • Apricot Hotel Yerevan
  • Holiday Inn Express Yerevan
  • Armenian Royal Palace
  • Noy Land Resort

How to reach?

Yerevan’s The Zvartnots International Airport is well connected to major cities in Europe & Middle East.

Must do in Yerevan

  • Take a free walking tour of the city
  • The Singing Fountains
  • The Cascades
  • Mount Ararat

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb is an old city with a young soul. The Croatian city beats to the pulse of its thriving businesses while as sun comes down there’s party all around.


Where to stay?

  • Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
  • Hotel International
  • The Westin
  • Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
  • Livris Hotel

How to reach?

(ZAG) Zagreb Airport is well connected to popular cities worldwide.

Must do in Zagreb

  • Take a trip to the charming upper town
  • Explore Dolac Market
  • Discover the smallest funicular in the world
  • Visit the Maksimir Park
  • Jarun Lake must in your itinerary

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek is an exceptionally young city that is full of life and contrasts. From amazing food and party joints to old-school tea houses, this Kyrgyzstan city is a must visit.


Where to stay?

  • Hotel T3
  • Club Strelets Hotel
  • Sky Hotel
  • Rixon
  • Ak-Keme Hotel

How to reach?

Manas International Airport (FRU) is the main international airport in Kyrgyzstan. The airport is 25 kms away from Bishkek. The airport is well connected from major airports in Middle East & Asia.

Must do in Bishkek

  • Visit the many bazaars
  • Explore the Soviet culture & style by watching the free shows that are held around the city theatres
  • A trip to the Tien-Shan Mountain
  • Must see the 11th Century Minaret at Burana

Lisbon, Portugal

The capital city of Portugal has an unpretentious culture & a splendid, historic cityscape. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Explore this fascinating city.


Where to stay?

  • Lux Lisboa Park
  • The George I – Flat
  • Hotel LX Rossio
  • Browns Downtown Hotel
  • The Lift Boutique Hotel

How to reach?

The Aeroporto de Portela (LIS), better known as Lisbon Airport, is the biggest airport in Portugal & it is well connected to major airports. From airport you can take the Aerobús shuttle or metro to reach the city.

Must do in Lisbon

  • Tram 28 ride
  • Trip to Praça do Comércio
  • Alfama Tour
  • Market Lisboa tour
  • São Jorge Castle

Brussels, Belgium

The Belgian capital is one of Europe’s hidden gems and so it should be on top of your list – less crowd & more fun. Taste the best waffles and chocolates worldwide & enjoy the host of an amazing array of things to see and do.


Where to stay?

  • Safestay Brussels
  • The Hotel Brussels
  • Marivaux Hotels
  • Hotel Hubert Grand Place
  • Le Berger Hotel

How to reach?

Brussels Airport (BRU) also called Brussel Nationaal/Bruxelles-National (Brussels National) or Brussels-Zaventem is an international airport and this is well connected to destinations worldwide.

Must do in Brussels

  • Explore the Grand-Place
  • Jeu de Balle Flea Market
  • Marvel at the City’s Art Nouveau Heritage
  • Savour chocolates
  • See The Atomium

Monalisha Mallick

Creative soul. Writer. Traveler. Monalisha is infinitely curious about the world. When not answering questions about her career choice (graduation in Engineering and profession in writing), she enjoys going out to experience new places, savor fresh cuisines, meet people (many time weird) and soak in the culture from different eras and places.

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