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Bahrain Confidential’s Travel Picks

Short of ideas on where to go for summer? We’ve got you covered!

Bali, Indonesia

Summer in Bali is always a good idea! Unless several tourist destinations, Bali has a tropical climate all throughout the year, making for a great option if you’re a beach person. Located east of Java and west of Lombok, this island is known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. Go beach hopping, enjoy some action-packed watersports, and admire the historical temples while you’re at it!

Koh Samui, Thailand

The Guanyin statue at Wat Plai Laem, Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is an island located northeast of the Khanom district in central Thailand. It is situated in the Gulf of Thailand on the east side of the peninsula. Exploring this island will make you feel a world away from the bustling streets of Bangkok. Take a trip to its fine white sand beaches or go on a history trip with its colorful Buddhist temples. In addition to soaking up the sun along the coastline, there are plenty of leisure activities to discover like waterfall chasing, diving and more.

Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

Rich culture, fantastic cuisine and wonderful year-round weather – Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. At Marbella, you can admire the historic and picturesque old town or ‘casco antiguo’ adorned with ancient architecture, boutique shops, art galleries and more. You can also bask on the sands of famous La Fontanilla beach or ricochet among the the city’s family-oriented water, wildlife and themed parks.

Greek Islands

Greece is an incredible country to explore. The climate, food, friendly people make it a perfect place for a summer holiday. If you’re looking for some beautiful spots to visit, take a pick from one of the Greek islands like: Crete, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu or Mykonos! Apart from the sun and sand, this place is filled with traditional tavernas, fresh local food, historical sites and nightlife. From under-appreciated gems to famous party spots, the Greek islands are a diverse and generally beautiful bunch.

Cappadocia, Turkey

As if plucked from a whimsical fairytale, Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of beauty. Lying in south central Turkey, the moonscaped region of Cappadocia, southeast of Ankara, is most famous for unique geological features called fairy chimneys. Whether you opt to visit its underground cities and admire the open museum, go on an exciting hot-air balloon ride, you’ll never run out of things to do in this place!

Zermatt, Switzerland

If it’s a little bit of luxury you’re after, then Zermatt is the place for you. Located in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, Zermatt is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. In the summer, Zermatt blooms into a green oasis perfect for hiking. Paragliding is also a year-round activity that will give you the best view of the entire Alps. With so many wonders in the vicinity don’t forget to spend some time on Zermatt’s car-free lanes!

Valleta, Malta

Valletta is the tiny capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. However small it may seem, Valleta is packed with tradition, gorgeous scenery and life! Take a pick from the sandy or rocky beaches, amazing museums, wild nightlife and traditional Maltese feasts. You can do something different and visit a couple of vineyards as well!

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