Longing to escape the stress of modern life and fly off for a well-earned early summer holiday? We have the best destinations for you
Best for families – Hanoi, Vietnam
With bustling streets leading to the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake at its heart, Hanoi makes for a mesmerising adventure for the whole family. The city was once transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s. Today, wide boulevards remain and large colonial buildings are now home to government offices and foreign embassies. The Old Quarter, a chaotic maze of 36 narrow streets with merchants selling everything from rattan wares to mobile phones, is a must-see. Another worthy diversion is Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin where sensational limestone karst islands jut out from the calm sea. This useful Hanoi travel guide is a must-read before your trip.
Best for a city break – Nashville, Tennessee
Long a mecca for fans of country music, Nashville’s southern hospitality can charm just about any visitor. The city is all about variety. From June 7 to 10, the city hosts the celebrated CMA Music Festival. Alternatively, start your trip with a visit to the Parthenon, an excellent replica of Greece’s most famous building, play at the Adventure Science Centre, and catch a live show at the Ryman Auditorium. Use this Nashville travel guide to plan your trip.
Best for a beach break – Corsica, France
French culture meets Italian sun on the island of Corsica. With 1,000 miles of coastline, the island is a paradise to many. Dig your toes into the soft sandy beaches or collect multi-coloured, sea-worn stones on the pebbly beaches. The best beaches include Calvi Beach, Arinella Beach, Loto Beach, Saleccia Beach, Palombaggia Beach, Pinarello Beach, San Ciprianu Beach and Bodri Beach. Palombaggia Beach, a wide sweep of sandy beach washed by a blue and infinite sea, is our firm favourite.
Best for an adventure break – Montenegro
Montenegro remains one of Europe’s hidden gems and June is the best time to go. The rugged Durmitor National Park is a major spot for hiking, biking, rafting and mountaineering. Black Lake (Crno Jezero), the largest glacial lakes within the park, is exceedingly fetching under a clear blue sky. If you’re a keen hiker, then it’s a must to tackle Bobotov Kuk, the highest peak in the park. Start the hike from Sedlo, 14 km outside of Žabljak, and after a gruelling climb, you will reach the summit in about three hours and be rewarded with sensational views. Before you go, see the Montenegro Travel Guide.