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5 places to visit for a mid-year getaway

The sun is finally out and holiday pics are appearing on Facebook, but don’t panic if you haven’t booked your summer break yet. We’ve put together a handy guide to inspire you in your search for that perfect mid-year getaway location!

  1. The Amalfi Coast (Italy). This stunning stretch of mountainous coastline runs from Naples to Salerno, offering plenty to see and do. Take in the museums of Sorrento with a sip of limoncello and enjoy the jaw-dropping views from Praiano or Ravello. Grab an ice cream and admire the pastel-coloured houses of Positano. Amalfi’s Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) is not to be missed, and a boat tour of the spectacular Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Cave) does not disappoint. History buffs will enjoy a walk through the Centro Storico (Historical Centre) of Salerno, while nature lovers will be happiest at the waterfalls of the Valle delle Ferriere, and art fans will appreciate the painted murals of Furore. The Island of Capri offers fabulous beaches by day and vibrant nightlight in the evenings. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
  2. Toronto (Canada). If it’s cool enough for Meghan Markle this arty city is cool enough for us. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Niagara Falls, Toronto has much to offer in its own right. Highlights include Ripley’s Aquarium, home to more than 16,000 underwater creatures, and Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest and arguably most stunning museum. You can visit the Hockey Hall of Fame (ice hockey) and Rogers Centre (baseball), or have a go at axe-throwing at BATLgrounds. The Eaton Centre is the perfect spot for shopping fans, while the Distillery District is home to a range of boutiques, a microbrewery and a chocolate factory. Grab some poutine (French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy) or an ice wine, then take a wander around Market 707 or chill out in Trinity Bellwoods Park. The fun never ends in Toronto…
  3. Prague (Czech Republic). If you’re after a destination that offers an eclectic mix of history, art, architecture and quality beer, Prague might just hit the spot. With its own castle and quaint buildings, this city is pretty magical. Don’t forget to look out for the famous Astronomical Clock on your travels. Whether you’re taking a jazz boat cruise down the Vltava, fixing a love lock to the iconic Charles Bridge, catching a play at the National Theater, taking a literary walking tour through the cobbled streets of Mala Strana, or chilling out in the Valdštejnská jízdárna (Wallenstein Garden) with a cold pivo (beer), you will be captivated by this unique city. Na Zdravi! (Cheers!)
  4. Snowdonia (Wales). If you’re looking for something closer to home, Snowdonia is an excellent option. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, offering breathtaking views across the sea to Ireland, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. You can hike it, bike it or take the mountain railway! Ogwen Valley in the surrounding Snowdonia National Park is also very special with its epic landscapes and stunning glaciations. For less ambitious days, enjoy the Italian architecture and gente coastal walks of Portmeirion. Check out Bardsey Island, featuring the UK’s tallest lighthouse and plenty of incredible wildlife, including dolphins and seals on occasion. Head down the slate mines at Llechwedd or enjoy some live folk music at Ty Siamas. And decide for yourself whether the Ugly House at Ty Hyll is really ugly…
  5. Beijing (China). Having preserved the best of its glorious past while also offering the best of modern culture, Beijing is a real treat for the senses. Explore the scents of freshly cooked street food as you soak up the amazing sounds and colours of this incredible city. A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without a walking along the Great Wall, whether you prefer an easy walk at Mutianyu or a more a challenging hike along the wild walls of Jiankou. Explore the Forbidden City (China’s best-preserved imperial palace), take a rickshaw through the Hutongs (mazes of alleyways linking traditional courtyard houses) or take a dragon boat on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace. Finish up with a visit to the historical Tian’anmen Square. It may be large enough to fit a million people, but you can still find a quiet spot to try the celebrated Beijing roast duck.

Wherever you go and whatever you do, have a fantastic mid-year break!

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