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Beaches near San Teodoro

Sunshine and sparkling seas in Sardinia

This week’s Times travel section included a great round-up of 50 holiday bargains that are still up for grabs this summer.  Suggestions included a family break with JG Communications’ client, ExpertoItaly,  in San Teodoro,  Sardinia where the local white sandy beaches of Lu Impostu, Cala Brandinchi and Capo Coda Cavallo rival those of the South Pacific.  Read more here: The Times, 50 Summer Bargains.

Rome

Summer in the city

If sun, sand and surf no longer tick your holiday boxes, check out this weekend’s 20 Best Summer City Breaks feature in the Times.  From Barcelona to Berlin, and Florence to Rome, it’s packed full of good ideas that include summer festivals, urban beaches and rooftop bars.  Rome comes into its own in the summer when cafés and restaurants spill out into the piazzas and the vast number of Romans head for the beach while in the city, summer brings with it a citywide programme of open-air concerts, dance and theatre performances, including those at the spectacular setting of the Baths of Caracalla.

JG Communications’ client ExpertoItaly is currently featuring 4 nights for 3 at the Hotel Leon’s Place.

La Locanda delle Donne Monache

Great suggestions for holiday dawdlers

STILL looking for a summer holiday bargain? The Times’ round-up of 50 best summer holiday bargains at the weekend featured three holidays offered by JG Communications’ clients, two in Italy and one in Croatia.

Holidays in Italy included ExpertoItaly’s classic family holiday at the seafront Grande Baia Resort in Sardinia, and, more suited to couples, a stay in the often-overlooked town of Maratea in Italy’s Basilicata.

For wine-lovers, Croatian Villa Holidays’ self-catering Casa Celestina, which overlooks the vineyards and olive groves of Istria, was amongst the suggestions for couples.

Massage under the gazebo

September sun

Avoid the full strength of the Mediterranean sun in August and get more for your money by taking a September sun holiday.  If you need inspiration, search out some great ideas in yesterday’s Sunday Times‘ September sun feature, which included two of our clients.

Holidays featured included a self-catering break at one of soloSicily ’s supremely chic seafront apartments in Taormina; and an all out indulge and pamper stay at ExpertoItaly’s Mezzatorre Resort & Spa in Ischia.

Marlera, villa and pool

Last call for family holidays

Last chance saloon for that peak season holiday … included in the recent Telegraph feature on family holidays still available this summer was JG Communications’ client Croatian Villa Holidays.  Villa Marlera is a 3-bedroom villa with pool in a great location near Pula.  For those not limited by school holidays, there’s a choice of over 350 villas and apartments throughout coastal Croatia and its islands.

Read the full Telegraph article here.

Street food in Palermo

Get set for summer

With June fast approaching, the Independent on Sunday’s round-up of ideas for school summer holidays was extremely useful and packed full of good ideas.

Client soloSicily’s Street Food Tours in Palermo was one of the ideas put forward for those looking for a ‘slow’ experience.

Suite, Corte San Pietro (2)

Spring breaks in the sun

Move away from the mainstream this Spring and check out ExpertoItaly’s new collection of boutique hotels and B&B’s in Basilicata and Puglia.

Top of our ‘must-visit’ list is the extremely cool Corte San Pietro B&B, carved out of the caves and amongst the winding lanes and stairways of Matera’s ‘Sassi’ neighbourhood and recently featured in the Sunday Times article, ‘‘Got £500? The World’s at your Feet’.

Or head for the coast at Monopoli where you can linger over a cool glass of wine on the roof terrace of the Don Ferrante hotel, accompanied by the sound of lapping waves below.

Casa d'Eraclea

Beach beauties

If a sand-free sun bed and accompanying table for book, bottle of water and sun cream is your idea of heaven on a beach, then Italy’s lidos couldn’t be more perfect.

If, however, you’re looking for something a little more untamed, then the recent Times feature on ’50 Secret Beaches of the Mediterranean’ may give you a few ideas.  Amongst the recommendations in Sicily is the beach at Eraclea Minoa, with a sea-view stay at soloSicily’s Casa d’Eraclea.

'Stigghiola' in Sicily

Eat like a local in Palermo

How do you really get under the skin of a city during a holiday?  Client soloSicily has come up with one solution for its customers in Palermo – through its street food.

Palermo Street Food Tours are available to SoloSicily villa guests, led by locals by day or night.  With Palermo regularly voted one of the world’s top cities for street food, the tours are designed to introduce holidaymakers to the atmosphere and hidden sights of Palermo and, best of all, show them where the locals go for the freshest and best-value seasonal ingredients.

Read more here

Villa Bronzino, overlooking beach (1)

Budget can be best

Amongst its 350+ villas and apartments, client Croatian Villa Holidays offers the full range – from best-value to blow-the-budget.

Its Villa Bronzino falls into the first category – an amazing little villa right on the waterfront on the island of Brac, a short stroll from the pretty village of Pucisca and, to cap it all, under £90 pp per week in May!  Little wonder the Guardian included it in their recent round-up of Bargain Beach Holidays in Europe.