Four Amazing Destinations for that Late Summer Break

With the summer months upon us, if you haven’t yet booked your break, it’s high time you did. Check out these amazing destinations that you can easily reach from Birmingham Airport. Morocco, Naples, Split, and Budapest are all fascinating places worth exploring so get ready to immerse yourself in something completely new.

MOROCCO

Situated on the north west tip of the African continent, Morocco provides a country of spell bounding diversity, rugged mountains, ancient cities, sweeping deserts and the warmest of hospitality.

Rise early to be one of the first to enter the Majorelle Gardens, a two and half acre botanical garden which was restored by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge after years of neglect. The striking plants and spectacular painted buildings are not to be missed. Don’t forget to
make a stop at the gift shop where you can pick up some high-quality souvenirs. For lovers of gastronomy, the greatest way to discover Moroccan culinary is to participate in a cooking class. Visitors to
Morocco cannot help but be impressed by the country’s culinary scene, with delicious tagines and tasty couscous to name a few. La Maison Arab, a hotel in Marrakech offers cooking classes in an intimate world-renowned workshop setting, based in an organic kitchen garden.

NAPLES

Naples offers unique experiences. From the cultural city of Naples to the unspoiled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, there is no shortage of things to see and do.

Fashionista’s make sure to leave plenty of room in your suitcase. Via Toledo started as a trade market in the early 16th century, and now it has the reputation of being the best place for shopping in Naples. Head to Toledo Metro Station to get there and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the design and the working status of the attractive metro station.

You cannot visit Naples without spending some time appreciating the culinary delights! Classic Neapolitan pasta dishes include seafood spaghetti alle vongole and risotto alla pescatora. Visit the Sea Front Pasta Bar for exquisite food appropriately paired with fine wine that complements your choice of dish perfectly. Visit the store downstairs to pick up some pasta to take away to enjoy at home.

SPLIT

Rivalling Italy for pristine beaches and summer climate is Croatia.

Bright, clean and welcoming, the ancient Dalmatian city of Split is a beautiful place to take a stroll around, observing the historic buildings, as well as the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace and the Cathedral of St. Dominus. Make an early start to navigate through Diocletian’s Palace when it’s least crowded. Considered to be one of the most impressive Roman ruins, Diocletian’s palace is undoubtedly the main attraction of Split.

Stroll the winding cobbled alleyways filled with shops and restaurants and head below ground to explore the city’s ancient walkways. After taking in all that history, head to Bacvice beach and the sophisticated bars of the Old Town to watch the city thrive.

Try original Dalmatian dishes prepared with a touch of modern cuisine at Zora Bila. Run by a husband and wife duo, you can indulge in mouth-watering meat or octopus dishes baked in traditional stone ovens paired with Croatian wine.

BUDAPEST

One of the oldest and most historical cities in Europe with lots to offer. From extravagant architecture to healing thermal waters means that it makes for the perfect break.

In Buda, you can visit Castle Hill and the Fisherman’s Bastion offering a great view of the city. Not to mention, the architecture of the terrace which in itself is remarkable to see. From the Bastion’s terrace and its seven towers, you’ll be treated to an unobstructed view of the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Danube, the city of Pest, and Gellért Hill.

The beating heart of the New York Palace hotel is the New York Café. A café that was once chosen as the most beautiful café in the world. Drop in for a coffee and find yourself in an authentic 19th-century experience. Previously, a popular place among writers and editors, the café has
preserved all the authentic decoration and flair including gilded and marble surfaces ornamented with wood and crystal.

GETTING THERE

Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to these destinations with a variety of airlines. These destinations are perfect for a last minute, mini getaway with flight durations from as short as 2 hours and 30 minutes from Birmingham. For Naples, fly into Pisa Airport and take a short transfer to the city.

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