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4 Day breaks in the Sun

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Southern Europe is a truly amazing region to head to for a four-day break in the sun. The area is known for its warm and inviting Mediterranean climate. A host of vibrant cultures can be found in the various countries across Southern Europe. This part of the world is steeped in history and known for amazing food and music. Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain are among the most notable regions found in Southern Europe and they all have a lot to offer if you are looking for a 4-day sun break.

The top 5 things to see/do in Southern Europe

1. Step back in time by visiting Knossos

Creta Blue Luxury Collection 4*
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Minoan civilization as you step back in time during your visit to Knossos. The palace at Knossos is the most popular and fascinating ancient site on the island of Crete and a must-visit during a 4-day sun getaway to the Greek island's northern coast. As you explore the sprawling palace complex, you'll discover a plethora of fascinating exhibits and areas of interest.

Marvel at the grandeur of the Throne Room, envisioning the ancient ceremonies that once took place within its walls. Admire the intricate architectural details and the vibrant colors of the restored frescoes that adorn the walls. Explore the residential areas, imagining the daily lives of the palace's inhabitants. Walk through the labyrinthine corridors and courtyards, gaining a sense of the complex layout and the interconnectedness of the different sections.

One of the highlights of Knossos is the famous Bull Fresco, a masterpiece of Minoan art depicting a bull leaping over gymnasts. This iconic artwork offers a glimpse into the artistic and athletic prowess of the Minoans. Each corner of Knossos holds a piece of history waiting to be unveiled, making it a truly enriching experience for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike.

2. Explore Calle del Castillo in Santa Cruz

Iberostar Selection Sábila 5*
As you wander through Calle del Castillo, the most popular pedestrian street in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, prepare to be enchanted by its eclectic charm. Exploring this vibrant area is a great way to spend time during a 4-day break in the sun of Southern Europe. The region is known for its unique shops, delectable dining options, and friendly locals.

Discover a treasure trove of unique shops lining the street, offering everything from local handicrafts to stylish boutiques. Browse through the colorful displays, and find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit. The area is a shopper's paradise, with a diverse range of goods to cater to every taste.

When it comes to dining, Calle del Castillo won't disappoint. Indulge your taste buds in the diverse array of restaurants, where you can savor both traditional Canarian cuisine and international flavors. From cozy cafes serving aromatic coffee to fine dining establishments offering exquisite gastronomic experiences, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as street performers entertain passersby, and friendly locals welcome you with warm smiles. Take a moment to relax in one of the cozy cafes, sipping on a cup of rich Canarian coffee while soaking up the vibrant ambiance of this bustling street. Calle del Castillo offers a delightful blend of culture, shopping, and dining, ensuring a memorable experience for visitors.

3. Try Authentic Neapolitan Pizza

Royal Continental Napoli 4*
No trip to Naples would be complete without indulging in a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza. Naples is a city with a rich history that extends back to its founding in 600 B.C. by Greek settlers. Among the many things that the city is famous for is its status as the birthplace of pizza. Any trip to this famous Italian city should include a sampling of its iconic Neapolitan pizza.

Sink your teeth into a heavenly combination of thin, chewy crust, flavorful tomato sauce, and fresh buffalo mozzarella. The simplicity of the ingredients allows the quality and taste to shine through. The pizza is typically cooked in a wood-fired oven, resulting in a perfectly crispy crust and a slightly charred flavor that adds to its uniqueness.

Whether you prefer the classic Margherita with its vibrant colors of tomato, basil, and mozzarella, or venture into more adventurous toppings like prosciutto, arugula, or fresh seafood, each bite will transport your taste buds to pizza paradise. Pair your pizza with a glass of local wine or a refreshing limoncello for the perfect Neapolitan dining experience. It's an absolute must for food lovers and a delicious way to immerse yourself in the culinary heritage of Naples.

4. Alcázar Palace

H10 Casa de la Plata 4*
Prepare to be enchanted by the Alcázar Palace, one of the most iconic attractions in Seville, Spain. It's a great place to visit during your 4-day break in the sun of Southern Europe. This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site incorporates the various historical eras of the city in one incredible location.

Step into a world where Moorish and Gothic influences intertwine seamlessly, creating a stunning testament to the city's history. The Alcázar Palace is renowned for its intricate architecture, ornate decorations, and beautifully landscaped gardens. As you explore the palace, you'll be captivated by the interplay of light and shadow, the intricate details of the carvedplasterwork, and the mesmerizing tilework that adorns the walls and floors.

The palace's rooms are a feast for the eyes, adorned with exquisite tapestries, intricate mosaics, and stunning ceilings. The Salón de los Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) is a particular highlight, with its breathtaking golden dome and intricate geometric patterns. It's a space that showcases the grandeur and opulence of the palace.

Make sure to lose yourself in the enchanting gardens of the Alcázar. The tranquil fountains, fragrant orange trees, and meticulously manicured hedges create a serene oasis within the bustling city. Take a leisurely stroll through the labyrinthine paths, discovering hidden corners and peaceful alcoves along the way. The gardens provide a perfect escape from the city's heat and a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature.

The Alcázar Palace is not only a visual delight but also a place of historical significance. It has been a residence for various rulers throughout its history, including Moorish caliphs and Spanish kings. The palace's rich past is evident in its architectural elements and the stories embedded within its walls.

Visiting the Alcázar Palace is a truly immersive experience, allowing you to step back in time and imagine the lives of those who once walked its halls. It's a must-visit attraction that showcases the rich cultural heritage of Spain and leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.

5. Enjoy Fine Dining in the Portomaso Marina Area of St. Julian's Bay

InterContinental Malta 5*
Indulge in a culinary journey in the Portomaso Marina Area of St. Julian's Bay, Malta, during your 4-day break in the sun. This area is known for its luxurious atmosphere, stunning waterfront views, and exceptional dining options.

Treat yourself to an exquisite dining experience as you explore a plethora of exceptional restaurants offering a diverse range of cuisines. From fresh Mediterranean seafood delicacies to international gourmet creations, the culinary scene in the Portomaso Marina Area is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Each dish is a masterpiece crafted with passion and creativity, using the finest ingredients sourced from both local and international suppliers.

As you dine, you'll be able to enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the marina. Luxury yachts bob gently in the harbor, creating a captivating backdrop for your meal. The waterfront views add an extra touch of elegance and tranquility to your dining experience.

Whether you're seeking a romantic dinner for two or a celebratory feast with friends and family, the Portomaso Marina Area offers an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. The combination of delectable cuisine, stunning views, and a sophisticated ambiance creates a dining experience that is truly memorable.

After your meal, take a leisurely stroll along the marina promenade, enjoying the cool sea breeze and the vibrant atmosphere of St. Julian's Bay. The area is also home to stylish bars and lounges, where you can relax with a refreshing cocktail or a glass of fine wine.

In the Portomaso Marina Area, fine dining becomes an immersive experience that engages all your senses. It's a place where culinary excellence meets breathtaking surroundings, creating moments of indulgence and relaxation that will linger in your memory long after your vacation comes to an end.

Our best hotels in Southern Europe

1. Creta Blue Luxury Collection 4*

Creta Blue Luxury Collection 4*
The Creta Blue Luxury Collection 4* is located in the Cretan city of Heraklion, which is close to the iconic ruins of the ancient Minoan palace at Knossos. This adults-only accommodation is the perfect spot for a 4-day sun break in Southern Europe. You will enjoy stunning sea views as well as amenities that include the Cliff Pool Bar.

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2. Iberostar Selection Sábila 5*

Iberostar Selection Sábila 5*
The Iberostar Selection Sábila 5* is the perfect luxury accommodation for enjoying a 4-day sun break in the Tenerife community of Santa Cruz. The hotel provides spacious rooms, a food market with stalls serving fresh, international cuisine and on-site swimming pools.

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3. Royal Continental 4*

Royal Continental Napoli 4*
The Royal Continental 4* is the perfect spot to enjoy 4 days of fun in the sun in Naples, Italy. It benefits from a view of the Castello Dell'Ovo and is the perfect spot for you to explore this ancient city from. Key amenities include the open-air bar and the on-site swimming pool.

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4. H10 Casa de la Plata 4*

H10 Casa de la Plata 4*
The H10 Casa de la Plata 4* is conveniently located in Seville's historic city centre and near all of the major tourist attractions. Notable amenities of this luxury accommodation include its Lobby Bar and delicious meals served up at Magallanes Restaurant.

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5. InterContinental Malta 5*

InterContinental Malta 5*
The InterContinental Malta 5* Is the perfect luxury accommodation for a stay in Malta's St. George's Bay area. It features a heated indoor pool and a lagoon-style outdoor pool. The Skybeach rooftop lounge is the perfect spot to take in stunning views of the sea as well as the town.

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When is the best time to go on holiday in Southern Europe?

Southern Europe is an incredible region of the world to visit on a year-round basis but many consider the time between March and May to be ideal. During these months, the weather is warm but has not yet reached the peak of the summer heat. This is also just before the peak summer tourist season before it gets the most crowded.

Going on holiday in Southern Europe

Getting to the Southern European destinations recommended here for a 4-day sun break is easy from all major airports in the UK. Travel time varies depending on where you are heading in Southern Europe and averages anywhere from 2 and a half hours to 4 and a half hours for direct flights. Once you arrive at your destination, you will find that there are plenty of transport options that range from buses and trains to taxi services and car hire opportunities.

Enjoy your holiday in Southern Europe

There is something about a 4-day break in the sun of Southern Europe that simply makes you feel rejuvenated. It is the perfect location for a romantic getaway with your partner and also makes a great solo or group travel destination.

Potential downsides of peak season crowds

While a 4-day sun break can be a wonderful opportunity to unwind and soak up the sun, it's important to be aware of potential downsides, especially during peak seasons. Popular tourist destinations can become crowded, with long lines at attractions and crowded beaches. Navigating through bustling streets and crowded areas may require extra patience and flexibility. To make the most of your trip, consider planning your activities and visits to popular sites during off-peak hours or exploring lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path locations. Additionally, booking accommodations and attractions in advance can help you secure your preferred options and avoid disappointment.

Considerations for budget and costs

When planning a longer trip or seeking more active adventures during your sun break, it's essential to consider your budget and potential costs. While a 4-day vacation can be relatively affordable, extending your trip or engaging in more activities may increase your expenses. Research and compare prices for accommodations, transportation, and attractions, taking into account any additional costs such as meals, equipment rentals, or guided tours. It's also worth exploring budget-friendly options, such as staying in guesthouses or self-catering apartments, and seeking out free or low-cost activities and attractions. Being mindful of your budget can help ensure a well-rounded and financially manageable sun break experience.

The Voyage Privé travel expert’s opinion on Southern Europe

Each of the destinations that we have recommended for a 4-day break in the sun of Southern Europe has its own unique features, stunning landscapes, warm and inviting weather, amazing dining and fun, engaging nightlife. You will love spending time immersing yourself in a unique cultural experience whether you choose to visit Crete, Tenerife, Naples, Seville or Malta. You simply cannot go wrong when you enjoy a 4-day sun break with a booking through Voyage Privé.

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