Happy Mother’s Day! The special day is here again; a day to celebrate and thank our mums for all their sacrifices, wisdom, friendship and love. Does your mum deserve a dose of luxury and relaxation? Does she dream of sun, sea and sand or yearn of simply taking some time out in a new, blissful setting?
It’s likely your mum was the first to take you on holiday – so why not repay the favour this Mother’s Day? To celebrate how brilliant our mums are, or whoever takes on the mother figure in your life, check out our 11 fantastic places to whisk your mum away to this year! Whether you fancy a short, city break or lengthy vacation lying on golden sands, lapped by azure waters, there are plenty of dream destinations for you and your mum…
1) Paris, France
With its beautiful landmarks, delicious cuisine, iconic art and romantic culture, a holiday to Paris is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The city of love is a dream destination for those seeking to soak up culture and history while sampling some authentic French pastries and browsing some fashionable stores with world-famous labels. Rain or shine, your mum is sure to fall in love with Paris and embrace even the loudest of tourist hotspots, from the Eiffel Tower to the Moulin Rouge.
2) Barcelona, Spain
Lively Barcelona offers endless, unforgettable adventures for you and your mum. The cosmopolitan city is known for its lively nightlife, iconic art and striking architecture in particular. Of course, the city’s glorious beaches are an enticing factor here too, with Barcelona’s great location on the coast. With hot, humid summers and pleasant, mild autumns and winters, Barcelona is a desirable year-round escape.
3) Pollença, Mallorca
Nestled in the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain chain, the charming town of Pollença sits on the northern shores of Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. From its gorgeous beaches to its quaint, historic villages you and your mum can truly kick back and relax under the warm, Spanish rays.
4) Arrecife, Lanzarote
The city of Arrecife, in the centre-east of Lanzarote island, boasts year-round sun, unique art, stunning architecture and buzzing promenades. It’s hard to avoid the beauty of the Canary Island here, with endless, breathtaking landscapes. You’re never too far from a mesmerising, golden beach either!
5) Chania, Greece
Fringing the north-west corner of Crete, Chania offers a widely varied choice of attractions for you and your mum to enjoy! The picturesque Venetian harbour is the place to try for excellent fish taverns and you’ll also find a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. Chania’s beaches all boast gorgeous, crystal waters and golden sands – a beach-worshipper’s delight!
6) Florence, Italy
The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is another fantastic destination to whisk your mum away to. The city is known for its stunning Renaissance art and architecture, offering some brilliant sight-seeing spots of iconic landmarks. This beautiful, bustling city is an explorer’s paradise, also offering Italy’s mouth-watering cuisine to sample in its charming, old town quarters.
7) Mahón, Menorca
Mahón, the capital of sun-drenched Menorca, is a fantastic part of the island to explore all-year round! The vibrant city oozes charm and tranquillity. Why not take a boat tour around the harbour here with your mum, gazing at the island’s beautiful scenery to the sound of lapping sea waters? On-land, you can explore the city’s array of cafes, restaurants and bars and tourist attractions, from galleries to museums.
8) Dublin, Ireland
If your mum appreciates beautiful, green landscapes, charming, welcoming towns and lively, friendly bars and pubs, a holiday to Dublin will not disappoint. As the Republic of Ireland’s largest and capital city, Dublin is a brilliant area to visit, located on the eastern part of the island. Over seven million tourists visit this buzzing capital each year, for its brilliant museums, wealth of art galleries, stunning coastline and traditional and modern live music in cosy pubs.
9) Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia’s north-western capital is a blissful destination scattered with beautiful churches, medieval architecture and, of course, an array of spectacular beaches, boasting white sands and enticing, turquoise waters, great for water sports. As one of Europe’s sunniest spots, a holiday here is sure to top up your mum’s tan too!
10) Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Sunny Corralejo, on the northern tip of stunning Fuerteventua, is known for its dazzling sights, natural beauties and fantastic surfing spots, if your mum’s keen to hit the waves! Four miles of glorious beaches stretch along the length of the town, which is infamously surrounded by protected sand dunes; the epitome of relaxation.
11) Nicosia, Cyprus
Cyprus’ capital and largest city, Nicosia, is another dream sunny escape, boasting a rich history, picturesque towns, beautiful neighbouring beaches and delicious Cyprian cuisine. The city, also known as Lefkosia, offers an array of great cafes, restaurants and bars as well as a cultural scene enticing to history-lovers (with 15 great museums to explore!). From its fantastic scenery to its vibrant nightlife, there are plenty of reasons to treat your mum to a Cyprus holiday!