The Best Locations For a Relaxing Holiday in Europe

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One of the fantastic things about travelling and going on holiday, is that these trips can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Sometimes one may be in the mood for a shopping laden trip to Paris or Barcelona and the next, we might just want to kick back in one of Europe’s cultural hotspots like Rome or Porto.

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The latter is exactly what we are concerned with today in the latest instalment of the Avenue Property blog. With the amount of countries in Europe and therefore destinations for you to choose from, selecting the perfect one for a relaxing break can be a bit of a minefield at times. People can often end up opting for a destination that wasn’t quite what they were looking for.

So, without further ado, we have listed our recommendations for the most relaxing European destinations. As travel experts and of course, enthusiasts, there aren’t many places we haven’t been to, so you can rest assured that the choices below are some of the finest luxury European holidays available.

Spa Holidays In Europe

Of course, nothing says relaxation more than a spa. It makes sense then, that when looking for the best relaxing holidays, this should be towards the top of your agenda. Thankfully, there are a myriad of locations across the continent that offer luxury European holidays in spas or that have hotels with spas.

Here are some of the best holiday destinations in Europe for spas and pampering:

Lake Como – Italy

Gargnano – Italy

Andermatt – Switzerland

St. Gallen – Switzerland

Courchevel – France

Bordeaux – France

Bath – England

New Forest (Hampshire) – England

We have luxury villas in Lake Como for you to relax in and if Italy doesn’t take your fancy, why not have a look at our luxury villas in Bordeaux? We also have luxury villas in other areas of France and luxury villas in other areas of Italy as well.

As you will see, it isn’t always necessary to leave the UK to get the perfect spa day and if the weather is good, then the English countryside can be just as idyllic as the Alps or Tuscany.

Relaxing Islands In Europe

If luxury spa holidays aren’t really your thing then the next best thing is surely a relaxing island. There are all sorts of beautiful islands across Europe offering breath-taking scenery, amazing food and all of this is a far cry from the hustle and bustle you are most likely accustomed to through your job or family life.

So, which are the most relaxing luxury islands in Europe?


Sicily is a fascinating island which has been ruled by several nations over the last thousand years and its landscape and sights are as diverse as the people who live there.

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Sicily is dominated by Europe’s largest active volcano, Etna. She soars 3,300m high and is the feature of most of the scenery on Sicily, a destination which enjoys pretty much constant sunshine during the summer months. Simply perfect for a week of pure relaxation. You can check out our relaxing luxury villas in Sicily and see which ones meet your needs.


Mallorca used to be synonymous with cheap package holidays but that cliché has been all but dispelled over the past few years.

It is now known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. There is nightlife available if you so wish and the island also offers hiking, cycling and scuba diving. But if you just want to relax, then the beaches of this Balearic island are virtually unrivalled. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Mallorca and we have a range of luxury villas in Mallorca.


Lanzarote has an incredible 300 volcanic cones, which for a relatively small island is quite incredible. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it is just a lump of volcanic rock.

The island of Lanzarote has great beaches, interesting sights and plenty of restaurants and hotels; resulting in its popularity amongst those looking for a nice mix of socialising and relaxation.

Perhaps the best thing about this island is the fact that this is all juxtaposed with surreal, crinkly black lava fields, which in turn make Lanzarote a UNESCO biosphere reserve. An intriguing location for your luxury European holiday, that’s for sure.


You will have noticed a strong Spanish theme to our list of luxury and relaxing European islands but this has not been on purpose. Spain just seems to get it right in terms of blending amazing beaches, great food and an ambience that helps you to relax on holiday and return home feeling rejuvenated.

That is certainly the case with our last pick, Tenerife. The largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, this location gets sunshine pretty much all year round due to its proximity with Africa; so is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday any time.

Another island dominated by its volcanic rock, Tenerife attracts over 10 million visitors a year. White sandy beaches and the opportunity to venture into the island if one so desires and sample some of the best restaurants in the country, make it a versatile choice for many.

We have of course, not managed to squeeze every relaxing island in the entire continent of Europe into this guide, but we hope this gives you an idea of the kind of luxury locations available across Europe. If you’d like to hear about more relaxing locations or you’d like more info about some of our other properties, please do get in contact or call us on 020 3859 7763.