When you are trying to plan a summer holiday on a budget, finding a place to stay with good facilities can prove something of a challenge. But roof terraces, sea views, swimming pools and beach locations are all within your grasp, and that’s where this list of summery places to stay comes in usefulâ€¦
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A gorgeous city that will seduce you with beautiful architecture and atmospheric bars, Seville is a pleasing blend of old and new. Bask in the patios and Moorish gardens at Casa de Pilatos and on Sunday mornings, before the sun is at its hottest, have a rummage at the flea market in front of the Museo de Bellas Artes. For late-night activity head to the covered patio at Carboneria, Seville’s most famous bohemian bar with an exciting programme of flamenco music.
The small plunge pool is perfect for cooling dips and the spectacular roof terrace is the place for an evening tipple and delicious paella as the sun goes down. Interiors are modern with lovely attention to detail. They offer a free breakfast, a laundry service as well as daily tours for tapas tasting or flamenco shows.
Drink in the glorious sunsets and wonder at ancient civilisations gone by, Santorini is a place of breathtaking beauty and an idyllic summer retreat. And of course, a glass of local white Assurtiko wine in hand makes it all the more glorious from the terrace of a Greek taverna. You can still get your cultural injection at the Art Space near Exogonia and the archaeological museum in Fira makes a pleasant morning. Arrive by slow ferry to make the most of the boat ride.
Ideally located for exploring the island, Caveland offers cooling air-conditioned shared and private rooms carved straight out of the rock. Although it is 1 mile from the coast, staff offer a transfer to and from the best black-sand beach and the vista from the terrace is magnificent. Here you will be staying in traditional and charming accommodation compared to the high-rise blocks beside the beach, but they organise bar crawls and trips in to town as well as a ride home at the end of the night. There is a swimming pool, yoga classes and a tennis court nearby.
Another top destination for anyone InterRailing in Europe in summer, Rome’s fascinating history draw many to admire the architectural vestiges of the Eternal City. Head to the Villa Borghese for romantic strolls in the city’s favourite green space. Bask in Rome’s fashionable coffee culture under a shady brolly and wander the cobbled streets on warm evenings when trattorias spill out on to the streets. Unfortunately, a splash in the Trevi Fountain was reserved for film star Anita Ekberg but you can keep cool attending one of the cities open-air concerts in summer or diving into a church. It’s also the perfect time to explore the sun blushed flowers at the Campo dei Fiori.
If you don’t fancy staying in the centre at the height of summer, make your base at PLUS Camping Roma. A private shuttle bus operates throughout the summer to the Vatican with an average journey time of 15 minutes and public transport leaves from the front gate. Choose from tents or private cabins with air-conditioning sleeping up to 5 people and some with self-catering facilities. There is a swimming pool, beach volleyball, Jacuzzi, pizzeria and poolside bar with evening entertainment. The â‚¬11 transfer service from the two Rome airports means you can have a hassle-free holiday too.
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