Think it’s too late to book a fabulous European summer break? Well, not so fast. We’ve found a clutch of gorgeous rural boltholes that still have availability, as well as some bargain flights to get you there!
No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing.
Casa Migdia, Spain – £307.56 per person (4 nights, 4-8 July)
In need of an extended Spanish siesta? Catalonia is perfect for a long weekend: cycle around medieval villages, stop for picnics in flower-filled fields, spend the odd day at the seaside, or just indulge in books, cards and all-out relaxation.
Stay: at hippy deluxe guesthouse Casa Migdia in the quiet village of Sant Jordi Desvalls. A 4-night accommodation-only stay in room 218 comes to just £122 per person.
Fly: from Bournemouth to Girona with Ryanair for £166 per person, departing Saturday 4 July and returning Wednesday 8 July.
From the airport: Car hire through Rhino starts from £39.12.
Lake Loft, France – £805.80 per person (7 nights, 13-20 July)
Endless sandy beaches, world-class surf breaks, shady forests – the Landes region of southwest France has everything you need to forget the daily grind. Plus you’re just a short drive from the Belle Epoque beach bling of Biarritz.
Stay: at Lake Loft, an intimate designer B&B with a decked pool and concierge-level service, tucked between the Atlantic dunes and pine forests. Take advantage of their 7-nights-for-6 offer and get a week-long B&B stay in Room 420 or 430 for £647 per person.
Fly: from London Stansted to Bordeaux with Ryanair for £71 per person, departing Monday 13 July and returning Monday 20 July.
From the airport: Car hire through Rhino starts from £175.59.
Borgo San Marco, Italy – £1002.77 per person (10 nights, 6-16 July)
Puglia (the heel of Italy) has, until recently, been overlooked by most visitors to the country – but its wealth of history, endless groves of chunky olive trees and distinct trulli buildings make it well worth exploring.
Stay: near the sea at 15th-century Borgo San Marco, an easy-going farmhouse hotel offering a warm welcome amid the olive groves. A 10-night B&B stay in a Standard Room comes to £719 per person.
Fly: from London Stansted to Bari with Ryanair for £195 per person, departing Monday 6 July and returning Thursday 16 July.
From the airport: Car hire through Rhino starts from £177.53.
*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through i-escape.com. The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. The per person prices are based on 2 people in a double/twin room or an apartment for 2. Published on 24 June 2015.