Travelling is all about embracing the new – whether it’s food or languages, people or places. EasyJet and Thomson have recently added four brand new destinations, from Tuscany to Tivat to their flight routes meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice when planning your summer holiday!
So while you get your sun-cream and passport ready here are a few pointers to help you decide where to go…
Trip to Tivat
How would you like to bask in Mediterranean sunshine on a sandy beach in Montenegro this summer? Tivat is Lonely Planet’s ‘number one city to visit in the world’, for good reason – what with its new super-yacht marina, bustling waterfront, and reputation for being one of the sunniest spots in Boka Kotorska. The up-and-coming little coastal gem has transformed from an old naval town into the place you’d love to brag about to your friends.
Now, EasyJet fly here from Manchester for as little as £35.49 each way. When you arrive, you can do anything from exploring a UNESCO World Heritage site, hiking mountains and trudging the Radovici-Zanjice footpath, to kayaking in the deep blue Adriatic Sea.
You’ve likely heard of Tuscany on Italy’s north-west coast, from countryside to sea, its Riviera’s and vineyard covered hills, ancient trails and seaside promenades are world-renowned. But now, a Thomson flight will whisk you to the region, which stretches from Florence’s cathedral domes, to medieval hilltop villages and San Lorenzo’s traditional merchant market.
Culture vultures can seek out ancient paintings and sculptures in churches, museums or galleries. Food, like bistecca alla fiorentina (chargrilled T-bone steaks) will certainly have your taste-bud’s attention this summer. Why not watch Palio’s bareback horserace through cobbled old streets or see the River Arno turn pink at sunset?
Outings in Oblia
Oblia in northeast Sardinia is a city of two halves. An island in the Tyrrhenian Sea Thomson will soon start flying to this hidden gem. Oblia’s industrial outskirts draw you into its historic centre, crammed with boutiques, wine-bars and piazzas. The former fishing village boasts ancient ruins, the Chisea di San Palo church with a multi-coloured roof and boat trips leaving its irregular bay – which give you a great, one-off glimpse of the island’s steep and green coast.
Passage to Puglia
Thomson will soon fly to a new region, far from crowds, chock full of olive groves and whitewashed buildings. Puglia makes up the longest coastline in mainland Italy, stretching into the Adriatic to form the country’s ‘heel’. A summer holiday here is adventurous travelling at its simplest. For starters, you can float belly-up in open thermal baths on rugged beaches, or swim deep into unexplored caves.
After a day exploring the coast, you’ll be ravenous and ready to refuel – good job this area is renowned for pezzetti te cavallu (slow-cooked horse in tomato sauce) and spumoni (ice-cream and liqueur sponge cake. Inland, the historic town Scorrano holds a must-see light festival honour to their patron Santa Deomenica in the first week of July.
With so much choice, it’s easy to see how Thomson scooped two Travel Weekly Globe Awards for short-haul trips. While EasyJet have added 13 new routes to their existing destinations – making choosing where to go this summer even harder!