10 Alternative Summer Holiday Destinations

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If you’re craving at least one summer getaway this year, but you’re still (understandably) tentative about crowds, then here are 10 under-the-radar destinations to consider instead of the usual suspects.

1. Montenegro

Glistening waters and old towns overflowing with romance make up this mountainous section of the Adriatic coast.

2. São Tomé and Príncipe

This remote African archipelago is home to some of the world’s most astonishing natural wonders, from mystical rock formations and emerald peaks to secret waterfalls nestled amongst lush rainforest.

3. Jersey

The largest of the Channel Islands is just a short hop from the UK and boasts wild swathes of sand and crumbling forts.


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4. Swiss Lakes

Switzerland’s mountain-backed lakes make for some incredible scenery, and in summer, visitors can take to the crystalline waters in a whole host of ways.

5. Ksamil, Albania

This part of the Mediterranean coast is coined the Albanian Maldives and features stunning beaches and dreamy uninhabited islands that you can swim to.

6. The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands welcome longer days during the summer months, which means more time adventuring around its peaks, lochs and forests…

7. Koh Lanta, Thailand

Experience the spoils of this stunning country without the hustle and bustle by heading to the lush, laid-back island of Koh Lanta.


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8. Molise, Italy

This region of Italy is so under-the-radar that its existence has become a joke among Italians… Head there for pretty pastel towns and empty unspoilt beaches on the Adriatic coast.


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9. Bornholm, Denmark

In summer, this isle is the sunniest spot in all of Denmark. One of the destination’s biggest draws is its foodie scene – think wild garlic, saccharine figs, and fresh and smoked fish.


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10. Alentejo, Portugal

Oft overlooked in favour of the Algarve further south, Alentejo hides sublime beaches, rolling vineyards and charming towns, and is rarely overrun with visitors.