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The Last Word

Holiday Destinations

Wherever your summer takes you this year we’ve got your holiday style covered. Whether you’re staying in the UK, opting for a city break or hitting the beach.

For this week’s Last Word let us guide you to some of the best holiday destinations Europe has to offer.

Located in the South Hams district of Devon, with stunning scenery, excellent restaurants and fresh seafood, Salcombe certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Having been dubbed Chelsea-on-Sea, due to its reputation for being the playground for the rich, the scenery, hotels and restaurants do not disappoint.

Feeling peckish? Just a short walk down Fore Street you will find the contemporary waterside brasserie Dick and Wills where award winning chef Alex Aitken creates seasonal dishes from locally sourced produce, a must for every foodie.

The incredible beaches of North and South Sands are a short stroll around the coast. Or, if you have your sea legs, a ferry runs from the centre of Salcombe to South Sands beach.

If you’re in town from Aug 5th – August 12th you’ll chance upon The Salcombe Regatta where you can check out sailing races, harbour swims and a variety of other nautical activity, what more could you ask for on your UK break.

We’re only just hearing about Aarhus too but now we can’t wait to go. Situated on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus offers New Nordic cuisine; music festivals, sandy beaches and fantastic architecture. With all this to offer and more it’s not surprising Denmark’s second largest City is fast becoming the go to destination for many.

With a variety of trendy cafes to Michelin star restaurants, you will never be short of options to eat in Aarhus. Winning a Bib Gourmand last year and set in the trendy spot of Frederiksbjerg, Restaurant Haervaerk is a perfect place to sample New Nordic cuisine.

If you’re looking for something lighter, why not go and try some of Aarhus, increasingly popular street food at the Aarhus street food hub. Vendors operate out of recycled shipping containers and offer cuisine ranging from banh mi, shawarma or tacos through to more traditional Danish dishes such as dumplings in curry.

If all this, is making you thirsty, take a short stroll to the Latin Quarter and you will stumble upon Mig og Olsnedkeren. This bar is new to the scene but has 20 microbrews on tap from Denmark and beyond, making this a must for any tipple connoisseur

Aarhus is a compact city and with beautiful beaches and forests to explore only 15 minutes cycle away, a bike is highly recommended.

One of Europe's most beautiful and desirable locations, the Amalfi coast has been a go to for those in the know since antiquity. With winding coastal roads, quaint towns and awe inspiring scenery you will be spoilt for choice during a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Amalfi coast stretches for 40km, so the best way to get immerse in all this beautiful scenery is to take a road trip. There is a great coastal drive from Sorrento to Salerno that gives you unique views of the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea. During this trip, it’s worth stopping at the beautiful coastal towns of Ravello and Positano. Just make sure you’ve brought a camera.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, you could do a lot worse than Il San Pietro di Positano in Campania. Carved into the sheer rock face and frequented by such stars as George Clooney and Julia Roberts, this hotel is something luxurious and spectacular. With the only outward sign of this hotel being a tiny chapel at roadside and with its private beach, this hotel is the perfect choice for those who want to get away from it all.