Unforgettable travel inspiration for shoulder season

Unforgettable travel inspiration for shoulder season
Unforgettable travel inspiration for shoulder season

As the peak summer clouds disperse in South Africa and the temperatures begin to cool, the off-peak season between June and October present the perfect opportunity for intrepid travellers to look further afield and explore off the beaten path destinations.

So what destinations are calling? From the sun-soaked shores of Greece, the vibrant streets of Marbella, luxurious cruising experience aboard Club Med 2 to the rich cultural tapestry of Turkey. We will share some of our top delightful holiday spots that are just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

 

The Essence of Ancient Beauty

Destination: Greece

While Greece is often synonymous with its iconic islands like Santorini and Mykonos, the mainland offers a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. Discover ancient ruins as you wander through the enchanting streets of Athens, where history whispers from every corner, or venture to the lesser-known Peloponnese region to uncover hidden archaeological gems such as the ancient city of Mycenae or the breathtaking landscapes of Mani. And for the foodies, take time to indulge in the rich flavours of Greek cuisine that South Africans have come to know and love – cuisine known for its use of fresh ingredients like olive oil, herbs, and seafood, with classics such as moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita tantalising the taste buds.

 

Sailing Into Luxury

Vessel of Choice: Club Med 2

The Club Med 2 is a majestic sailing ship that offers a one-of-a-kind cruising experience, combining the elegance of a luxury yacht with the excitement of a premium all-inclusive adventure. On board the largest sailing boat in the world, you will be delighted by the wellness and sport offering, gourmet food and drink, festive entertainment spirit, a bond with the ocean and the delight of discovery. Due to its size and shallow draft, the Club Med 2 is able to drop anchor and enter secluded harbours and bays that other ships would never dream of venturing into. With cruises that sail both the Mediterranean and Caribbean waters, think Corsica, Santorini, Capri, Grenada, Panama and Curaçao, the yacht stops at charming ports of call along the way every day giving you a once in a lifetime chance to discover the world in a unique way. Hop aboard Club Med 2 and discover the beauty of the world in a whole new light.

Did you know? For the ultimate indulgence, you can enjoy a concierge service and champagne every day from 6pm aboard the Club Med 2

 

Where East Meets West

Destination: Turkey

Rich in history, culture, and shopping delights, Turkey offers a captivating blend of ancient wonders and modern delights. While Istanbul entices with its bustling streets and diverse offerings, the coastal city of Antalya beckons with its own unique charms. History enthusiasts can embark on guided tours to explore the sunken cities along the coast, marvel at the well-preserved Roman ruins scattered throughout the region, or visit the ancient St. Nicholas Church in Demre, believed to be the original burial site of the legendary figure of Santa Claus. With mild temperatures and fewer tourists, the off-peak season is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the diverse and captivating allure of Turkey. For those who love retail therapy, you are in for a delightful surprise! Turkey boasts a vibrant shopping scene, from the historic Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets, to modern malls offering a wide array of international and local brands. It’s no lie that a shopping outing in Turkey takes the fight to your wallet – and you will love all the bargains you find!

Did you know? The Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets and has been in operation since the 15th century.

 

Mediterranean Jewel of History and Culture

Destination: Sicily

The island of Sicily offers a captivating destination for shoulder season travellers. Picture days spent exploring the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, wandering through charming historic towns like Taormina, before stopping for lunch to indulge in the island’s culinary delights, from arancini to cannoli topped off with refreshing gelato. It’s the perfect escape and opportunity to experience the magic of Sicily without the summer hustle and bustle. For a seaside escape, don’t miss the picturesque town of Cefalù, nestled between the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the rugged Madonie Mountains. With its medieval streets, sandy beaches, and stunning Norman cathedral overlooking the coastline, Cefalù is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

 

As shoulder season beckons, these off the beaten path destinations promise unforgettable experiences and lasting memories for adventurous holidaymakers seeking to explore the world beyond the crowds.

Whether you’re drawn to the ancient history of Greece, the laid-back charm of Spain, the luxury of Club Med 2, or the cultural richness of Turkey there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy.