By Helen Warwick, Deputy Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Spring is upon us – here’s our guide to the best balmy breaks.
Hot summer nights and long, languid days by the beach, Tel Aviv is one of the world’s most intoxicating cities. Its rollicking rave scene not only that attract the punters but Israelis are simply some of the most gorgeous people to walk this planet. Perch along any stretch of sand on Gordon Beach and gawp at the bronzed and the beautiful. As the sun sets, impromptu BBQs spring up and the pop-up club scene gets into full swing – time for a tete a tete with a handsome stranger.
Palma de Mallorca
With slick architecture, a booming foodie scene and fun after-dark spots; you’ll never be short of things to do in the Majorcan capital. Fuel up at San Juan, the new indoor food market dishing up everything from salty serrano ham to garlicky prawns before strutting your sunkissed stuff and eyeing up the talent at Purobeach – a plush beach club of white sunbeds and creative cocktails. After hours of teasing, book a room at StayCatalina – a boho chic bolthole within buzzy Santa Catalina – and head onto the terrace for some exhilarating outdoor fun. purobeach.com
There’s no denying the style and sassiness of this Scandi star – it’s one pretty waterside city. Spread across a mosaic of 14 islands, there’s an ever-evolving café scene, fantastic independent shops for that retail therapy hit, and stretches of woodlands, waterways and green spaces for the obligatory outdoor frolicking. And if you really want to live like the locals, strip off and head to the sauna, sans bikini of course.
Live like a weekend millionaire… well almost, in this Portuguese capital. Lisbon is one of Europe’s cheapest cities to visit at the moment with prices less than half those in other Eurozone cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Venice and Amsterdam. Champagne anyone? And for the latest on Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife, keep an ear to the ground while staying at the newly opened AlmaLusa Hotel, where it’s all about design, darling. Ever done it in a room facing the grand Praca do Municipio? Now’s your chance and add a pleasure set guaranteed to give you and your partner a night of endless pleasure. almalusahotels.com
An obvious one but you can’t compete with the City of Lights and its enigmatic pull for lovers. Whether you stick to the fail-safe tourist traps – the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees, enchanting strolls along the Seine – or seek out offbeat, new spots where only locals go, you can’t really go wrong. Boost your travel kudos and seek out an evening at Hotel Particulier Montmartre – a sumptuous property set within a secret garden in the city – and its fabulous bar, Le Tres Particulier. hotel-particulier-montmartre.com