4 last-minute summer holiday destinations

If you know me IRL you’ll know that I rarely book my holidays in advance. I’ve always been this way and last-minute trips just work well for us.

Today I’m sharing 4 destinations which are perfect for a last-minute holiday. There are usually good last-minute deals for each of these places too.

Kalu Beach Bar in Ferragudo


You simply can’t go wrong with a trip to Portugal. It seems everyone is going there at the moment and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a country with a rich history, friendly locals, beautiful beaches, good food and damn fine coffee.

There’s something for everyone with many popular cities and towns being close to the sea. I’d love to be sitting in a beach cafe looking out to sea, sipping on an espresso and eating as many Pastéis de Nata (custard tarta) as possible.

palma majorca


There are many reasons to book a last-minute holiday in Majorca (Mallorca). It’s one of those places that has beautiful weather throughout the year so there’s never a wrong time to visit. It takes just two and a half hours to get there and if you book your Palma airport transfers in advance you’ll be at your hotel in no time.

If you’re looking to soak up the sunshine there are over 250 stunning beaches around the island. When you’ve had enough of the white sandy beaches you can venture off into one of the many old towns. The towns are made up of narrow cobbled streets, traditional cafes and friendly locals.

I visited Majorca about 5 years ago now. It was a blog trip for lunch in Palma – we were experiencing the new 787 Dreamliner. I can’t believe it was so long ago now. I’d love to go back again and stay in one of the luxury hotels overlooking the harbour.

Lake Garda beautiful virwe


I’m yet to visit a part of Italy I dislike. It really is one of my all-time favourite holiday destinations and a country that draws me back again and again. I even studied Italian for a year after uni because I visited so often.

Italian cities are some of the best. You won’t be disappointed with a long weekend in Rome or Florence. Then there are picturesque coastal towns like Sorrento and Amalfi which make for wonderfully relaxing breaks.

Foodies will love a trip to Italy. Each region has traditional specialities when it comes to food and of course, they have some of the best wine.

Crete Elounda Ilion Hotel


If you’re looking for somewhere with a mix of good weather, relaxing beaches and historic remains to explore then Greece should be at the top of your list. Greek food is also particularly delicious and I’d go back for sweet Kataifi alone.

One of the things that always sticks with me after a trip to Greece is just how friendly the people are. We often stay in independent hotels where the owners and staff are warm and welcoming.

Do you plan your holidays in advance or last-minute?

Thank you to Hoppa for collaborating with me on today’s post.