Although there are many countries that are mourning the loss of their chance to compete in the Euro Championships this year, why not make the most of it and enjoy a football-free holiday? There are plenty of destinations who didn’t make the cut on the field, but who definitely make the cut when it comes to warm summer nights and sandy beaches.
If you want a holiday that’s free from chanting football fans, then be sure to focus your efforts on one of these top four locations for breaks away this June…
If you’re looking for cultural sights, intriguing sounds and the smell of rich perfume on the breeze, you can’t go wrong with Agadir. Your head will spin as you make your way through the famous souks, the air dense with spices and the din of football chants replaced by the haggling of local traders.
Don’t worry though, you can soon escape the markets by taking a walking trail up to the Atlas Mountains. You’ll be able to witness first-hand the untamed, rugged beauty of the biggest mountain range in North Africa, with enough time left to catch some sun at the 9km-long Agadir beach.
For a true taste of excitement, there’s no place that could offer more attractions than Cyprus. They may not have qualified for the Euro’s, but between Limassol Castle in the very heart of the country, trekking through the Troodos Mountains, and spending the day at Waterworld waterpark, there will never be a dull moment spent here! You could even head out to Aphrodite’s Rock if you’re feeling spiritual.
If you’re still having cravings for some sporting action, Greece could be the place for you. It may be infamous for its ancient architecture, historical significance and beautiful backdrops, but it has a lot more to offer. Corfu, for example, is a paradise for thrill-seekers. At Glyfada beach, you may find the odd sunbather, but it mainly serves as the home of sports enthusiasts.
With everything from jet-skiing to sea-biking, you can bet that only the bravest head here. Of course, when you’re tired from all that excitement, there are many bars and restaurants just behind the beach, where you can relax and enjoy some traditional Greek cuisine.
There are hundreds of opportunities for sightseeing in Malta, so be sure to pack a camera if you’re heading this way. From roman ruins and medieval castles, to a thriving art scene which is the backbone of Maltese culture, you’ll feel right at home if learning new traditions is your passion. Whether you’re in a large family, travelling as a couple or flying solo, Malta has such a diverse population that this is the perfect place to escape the football and meet new people.
I hope this list of places to go helps you escape the Euro’s this year. If you’d like more information on any of these places, then please feel free to get in touch!