As Eid approaches it’s a chance to spend time with friends and family in joyful celebration of the world around us. With the time of year also presenting the best season in which to spend time in Europe, the festivities are a chance to escape with loved ones in style. So here are five of our chosen luxury holiday destinations in Europe to travel to for Eid…
Andorra for luxury family adventure holidays
This tiny, independent principality in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain, is a jewel destination that’s perhaps best known for its skiing. Its exclusivity lies in its size and natural beauty, and while it’s made a name for itself as a winter destination, in the summer it benefits from a tranquility and natural beauty that few places can lay claim to. The expansive mountains, alpine landscape and lakes have all burst into verdant life at this time of the year, inviting a plethora of outdoor activity - although sometimes the heat lends itself to a more leisurely pace of life. Hiking, swimming, horse riding and cycling are all amongst the activities that make Andorra a haven for luxury family holidays. However, for thrill seekers and adventurers the appeal of canyoning and mountaineering or pushing the limits of a cycling expedition to 2,000 mountainous metres across 100,000 km of bike routes is also part of the buzz.
Malta for romantic cultural escapes
This archipelago in the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast is known for its history, its megalithic temples, its fortresses, its ruins and its sites, as well as its nature, scuba diving and iconic lagoons. Sun, sea, culture and plenty to see and do keep visitors coming back to Malta time and again, but there is a sense of refinement that ensures its eternal elegance. Romantic and chic, Malta is a place to see masterpieces by Caravaggio, visit the mysterious Hypogeum and watch the world go by in Maltese style whilst sipping tea or coffee with kannoli (crispy, fried pastry filled with ricotta) or Helwa tat-Tork (a sweet, sugary mix of crushed and whole almonds). It’s perfect for couples.
France for sensory indulgence
Think of luxury holidays in France and the senses twitch with visions of wandering down the Seine, touring the Louvre, nibbling croissants in the Luxembourg Gardens and shopping on the Rue Saint-Honoré. In the summer however, few things can beat sipping wine amongst the chateaus and vineyards in Bordeaux, dining against the backdrop of jazz festivals in Biarritz or relaxing in movie star style on the French Riviera in Cannes. Perhaps best known for its film festival, this seaside town is the place where glittering yachts pepper the water and the most fashionable come to unwind. It’s all fused together in a setting of medieval architecture, beautiful beaches and exclusive experiences that are a feast for the senses.
Coastal retreats and city skylines in the UK
The UK isn’t known for its weather, but the climate has a semi reliable habit of turning superbly balmy in the height of the summer. Just warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, not so warm that you don’t want to get out and explore. At this time of year, the cities experience a mass exodus to the coast and countryside, and it’s little wonder; it is described as a green and pleasant land for good reason. The UK’s coastline, particularly in the South West, is something of a decampment for fashionable city sets. Sailing festivals like Cowes Week in August on the Isle of Wight, or the Salcombe Regatta in South Devon attract the good and the great, while the country’s newly burgeoning wine industry is also proving a highlight. Equally, it’s a good time to enjoy London at a more leisurely pace. While the working crowd are out of office, it’s an opportunity to explore the parks, the shops and the restaurants without quite such intense crowds. Rooftop bars and terraces come into their own of course and arguably, it’s London at its best.
High octane glamour in Monaco
A place known for its high levels of wealth and extravagance, whether you want to visit Monaco for the casinos, the ballet, the climate or the Grand Prix, there’s always something happening and it’s everything that a glitzy luxury holiday should be. The independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline is known for its super yachts, luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. It might be the second smallest country in the world (only the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheer decadence. It’s a carousel of leisure and entertainment with a rotation of sports, arts and music events throughout the year and beautiful places to see and be seen. The Prince’s palace is open seasonally to visitors to really showcase the height of the principality’s luxury credentials, and all the while you’re surrounded by blue skies and stylish design.
Discover luxury holiday homes in Europe https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/category/destinations