Moreover, the two Mediterranean destinations are undergoing a rapid rise in accommodation standards. Seriously smart five-star hotels and trendy boutique pads were rarities in
Providing you avoid the city in the peak summer months, when many shops and restaurants are closed and it's often unpleasantly hot,
Despite the mainland's plethora of classical sites and stunning scenery, tour operators generally give cursory details about fly-drive options.
Most of its tailor-made fly-drive business is to the
With the tragic deaths of two children from carbon monoxide poisoning in one of its hotels in October,
The scheduled services will suit one segment of the island's clientele to a T. While the far south is Club 18-30 territory, the mountainous north-east coast has become such a favoured destination for upmarket villa holidays it has been nicknamed Kensington-on-Sea. Many villas have quiet, private locations, stunning views across the narrow straits to
This Cycladic island will be a possible long-weekend destination this summer, thanks to new twice-weekly British Airways flights from Gatwick (see ''Getting there''. A magnet for party-till-dawn types, including lots of celebrities, Mykonos is
There are plenty of boutique hotels to choose from, such as the Mykonos Theoxenia.
This former leper colony, just off
You can visit the tiny and uninhabited islet while staying on the mainland opposite at the clifftop
To get to Istria cheaply, travel articles used to recommend flying with no-frills airlines to
Tourism is booming in Istria's interior which, with its wooded, fertile and undulating countryside punctuated by medieval hilltop towns, has been dubbed "the new
The coast, though mass-market in places, is a draw, too.