Some Of My Top Destinations

Some Of My Top Destinations

Some of My Top Destinations

Looking for inspiration? Here are some of my top destinations.  There are ideas for a weekend away, a trek or a splurge vacation. Some destinations are about the culture and mood, while others are for the experiences and activities.  Take a look and be inspired!

Seville - Plaza De Espana Some of My Top Destinations

City break – Romantic – Walkable

Seville, Spain

Seville is one of my favourite cities in the world.  It has stunning architecture, soft sunny colouring, tempting tapas and numerous iconic buildings to visit. It’s very walkable and invites you to explore both day and night.

Seville, Andalucia, South-West Spain, Europe

Sightseeing, food and drink

Visit in the Spring or Autumn

Nyhavn Harbour Copenhagen

City break – Cultural

Copenhagen, Denmark

Reputedly the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Sightsee on canal tours, through beautiful Nyhavn harbour or cycle through the gardens to castles and palaces. There is plenty of culture to soak up too, with an opera house, theatres and museums.

Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe

Sightseeing and culture

Spring through Autumn

Some of My Top Destinations - Lacanau Ocean Beach

Beach holiday – sports

Lacanau Ocean, France

The 14km long sandy beach is a base for lots of family fun, watersports and walking. It’s one of the best surf spots in France – so a great choice for beginners through to pros.  The sandy beach leads into deep forests and nature reserves to explore on foot or by bike.  There’s lots of great locations to day trip to including St Emilion, Bordeaux or the Phare du Cordouan.

Lacanau Ocean, France, Europe

Surfing, hiking, cycling

Early Spring to Late Summer

Some of My Top Destinations - Little Gasparilla Island Boardwalk

Family – beach and relaxing

Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, Florida

If you are in the need of some R&R, then Boca Grande or Little Gasparilla Island might be your spot.  BG is a village on Gasparilla Island Northwest of Fort Myers, and LGI lies a short boat ride away. Low-key beach life blends with delicious dining. Spend your days fishing off a boat, shell collecting on beach walks or perusing the BG shops and cafes.

Boca Grande & LGI, South-West Florida, USA

Relaxing beach vacation

October to March

Some of My top Destinations Trek to Petra through rocky desert

Trek – across the Jordanian desert to Petra

Dana village to Petra – Jordan

This epic trek is one of the finest in the Middle East. Through rugged and rocky terrain across the edge of the Rift Valley. There are canyons and gorges, steep inclines and breathtaking views. Wilderness Bedouin style camping under the stars end each of your trek days. The final destination is magical Petra – one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites.

Dana village to Petra, Jordan, Middle East

Trek and Sightseeing

April, May, October or November

Some of my top destinations Scilly Isles from a boat

Relaxation – outdoor activities

Scilly Isles, England

The Scilly Isles might lie just off the Cornish coast; however they feel a world apart.  140 small islands lie in turquoise waters waiting to be explored by foot, boat or bike. There’s a sense of escaping to these isles as you get to explore and enjoy or equally do nothing but soak up the spectacular views. Each island has a unique feel, and there are sub-tropical gardens, beach, coastal or country walks and water activities to try out.  And did I mention great seafood? 

Scilly Isles, off Cornwall, South-West England

Walking, watersports, relaxation and dining

Spring to Autumn

Some of my top destinations

Couples or Family Beach & Activity Holiday

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sweeping white-sand beaches are dotted with All-Inclusive hotels, small boutique hotels and restaurants galore. Riviera Maya is perfect for a care-free holiday especially suited when you have a mix of ages to cater for.  Take days out to sacred ruins and sparkling cenotes or get some adrenaline hits with zip-lining, horseriding and activity adventure parks. Quieter than Cancun, you can still seek out Mexican culture and authenticity – but you can equally sit back, relax and recharge. The choice is yours.

Riviera Maya, Caribbean Coast, Mexico

Relaxing beach holiday with activity and cultural days out.

December through to April

Some of my top destinations, Keystone Colorado mountains

Winter or Summer activities

Keystone, Colorado, USA

A fantastic ski resort in the rocky mountains of Colorado.   Mountains of fun – from skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing and ice skating.  In the summer, take the lifts and cruze down the mountain bike runs.  There are fabulous places to stay, eat and shop too.

Keystone, Colorado, USA

Winter sports and Summer hiking, biking, fishing

January to March (Ski) May to Sept (Hike and Bike)

Rhossili Beach The Gower

Walking, Surfing and outdoor life

The Gower, Wales

It’s no wonder that The Gower was Britain’s first Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty!  There’s so much to explore and do here.  Rhossili, Three Cliffs or Whiteford Sands are the perfect place for a recharge day.  Walk the Wales Coast Path taking in saltmarsh, dramatic cliff or secluded bay views. There’s history and heritage to explore and local food and drink to try. 

The Gower, Wales, Europe

Coastal walks, watersports, history and heritage

Year round

The Glorious Gower

The Glorious Gower

The glorious Gower

Glorious Gower.  If ever you are in need of some rest and recuperation, then this is your spot.  It’s one of the most naturally beautiful coastal regions in Britain. No wonder it was the first place in Britain to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Part of the Gower’s beauty is how unspoilt and unchanged it is.  Couple that with how incredibly quiet it feels, and you can see why it’s magical.  There’s so much to do, see and explore.  The Gower is also one of those locations that seems to ooze atmosphere.  Catch sunset on a sunny summer’s day and it’s stunning. It’s equally wonderful to be wrapped in a scarf and hat, walking on a windy Rhossili beach in Winter.

Beautiful Beaches

Rhossili Beach from Spaniard Rocks

For me, the beaches are the star attraction of the Gower.

Super Star Beaches

Rhossili beach has been voted one of the world’s best beaches time after time.  For good reason too!  There’s 3 miles of sweeping golden sands, sand dunes, frequent surf and you can often have most of the beach to yourself.  Three Cliffs Bay has its own special magic.  The Pennard Pill River cuts through the woodland hillside and down across the bay.  Ruined Pennard Castle sits high above Three Cliffs waiting to be explored.  With no beach car park – it’s tricky to get down to – but that makes it even more special. The 2 mile long Whiteford Sands beach is backed by sand dunes and the pine forest of Whiteford Burrows.  The National Trust nature reserve has paths that cross the varied terrains of dunes, beach forest and edge the salt marsh making it a fantastic for nature lovers.

Family Friendly

If you want easy access beaches or don’t want to travel far from Swansea or Mumbles, then check out Caswell, Langland or Port Eynon.  All have parking, cafes, toilets and are Blue Flag Award beaches making them perfect family day out beaches.

Wonderful Welsh walks

Rhossili Beach The Glorious Gower

Did you know that the Wales Coast Path was the first footpath in the world to stretch the full length of a country’s coastline?  The Gower and Swansea Bay section of this epic footpath offers you 111km of beach hut, sand dune and limestone cliff lined pathways. Download the useful and free Wales Coast Path App to help you discover more about the path and track your journey.

Surf and SUP adventures

Llangennith offers the most reliable surf in the Gower and is popular with both beginners and professional surfers. There are three spots to surf from – Rhosilli is at the Southern end and Peaks is at the Northern. The main area for surfing is from the Hillend Campsite which is an easy 50m walk through the dunes to the beach. Hire equipment from Llangennith Surf School  based on the beach. If you are a beginner, they offer surf lessons too.  PJ’s is a well known and loved surf shop that you’ll pass as you head to Llangennith – so stop in to feel like a local.

When there’s no surf, or if you’d like to explore more of the Gower coastline from the water, then how about a stand-up paddleboard?  Hire them from SUP Gower, and you can take them away to set sail from your favourite Gower beach.  They also offer 2-hour taster sessions based from Mumbles.

Gower Secrets

The Helvetia Shipwreck Rhossili Beach

I love a hidden gem and the Gower has some amazing secrets for you to discover.  First up – the steppingstones when you reach the Three Cliffs Bay from the car park and campsite above. We once crossed these lovely steppingstones and enjoyed a gentle amble on Three Cliffs Bay.  But when we began to head back, we couldn’t find the steps.  Realisation hit that they were now a foot under water as the tide was coming in fast. There was nothing for it but to whip off the hiking boots and wade across the now shin deep water – it all adds to the adventure!

Then there’s the secret shipwreck.  It’s not often you can wander around a shipwreck without getting wet. The Helvetia washed up on Llangennith Beach back in 1887 on its voyage from Canada to Swansea.  Only visible when the tide is out, it makes for some amazing photos.

Another tidal gem is Worm’s Head.  Make sure you wear sensible footwear for this epic but challenging walk over volcanic rock to Worm’s Head.  Please check the tides – as it’s only accessible for 2 hours either side of low tide.

You can also feel quite smug when you find a secret beach! Broughton is one of those beaches as it takes a bit of a hike to reach it.  Pobbles Bay is also a hidden gem of a beach just out of sight from Three Cliffs Bay.

Where to stay when visiting the Gower?

The Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park has to have one of the best campsite views in the world!  The Times claimed it was one of Britain’s 20 Best Campsites and I’d agree. If you have a campervan or can hire one, choose one of their Sea View Campervan Pitches.

The 18th Century King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston offers B&B hotel rooms or a 4 person cottage. It’s got a popular pub and restaurant and the Sunday Telegraph said it was ‘Exactly what country pubs should be…comfortable, well run and difficult to leave.’ Need I say more.

Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park - Gower
The King Arthur Hotel Reynoldston Gower

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