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Last updated: 11 May 2021

Slow, sun-drenched days spent beneath colourful beach parasols. Cooling dips in the sea, even cooler ice-creams in an array of flavours you can’t get at home. Market stalls laden with local produce, artisan treasures, and made-to-keep antiques. And the food, oh the food. A summer holiday in Europe is all this and more, so much more. Until international travel resumes, we’ll be squeezing every last drop of citrus-scented, sand-sprinkled inspiration from these images which capture the simple pleasures of summer on the Continent…


Follow the trail of Aperol Spritz, Limoncello, and gelato by browsing over 70 boutique hotels in Italy here. Aperitivo anyone?


Sleepy fishing villages, white-washed walls, and the impossibly blue waters of the Aegean await…choose from 40 boutique hotels in Greece here.


For the best places to wake up to your morning croissant, look no further than our collection of over 50 boutique hotels in France here. Can you almost taste the rosé?


From Balearic island bliss and countryside fincas, to chic city breaks brimming with culture, our Spanish selection of boutique hotels will make you want to book as fast as you can say sangria. Browsing begins here


Culture as colourful as its iconic azulejos, ruggedly beautiful beaches with a surf scene to rival California, Portugal packs a punch when it comes to summer holidays. Start planning your Mediterranean meets Atlantic getaway here.


Dubrovnik’s Baroque heart beats with architectural gems, while a Dalmatian buzz surrounds Split where a hopping harbour meets ancient palace walls. Croatia is calling, inspiration starts here.