Top Holiday Destinations for History Fanatics

Top Holiday Destinations for History Fanatics

Traveling is a journey through time itself. Everywhere you go, you’ll encounter remnants of the past. From awe-inspiring architectural marvels to the stories etched in the hearts of the locals. For history fanatics, certain destinations stand out, beckoning with their rich historical tapestry. Experience the ultimate history holiday as you journey through centuries of captivating stories, ancient ruins, and architectural wonders. Here are our top picks of destinations for holidays with history!

Bask in the Architectural Flair of Croatia

Pula Arena

As you step into Croatia, you are transported back in time to an era of grandeur and elegance. The country’s rich history, influenced by diverse civilizations, is evident in its architecture. Discover the hidden treasures of Northern Croatia, a region steeped in history and adorned with breathtaking historic sites that will transport you back in time. From ancient Roman ruins to medieval fortresses and charming old towns, this enchanting part of Croatia offers a journey through centuries of cultural heritage. Among the must-visit sites is the iconic Pula Arena, an incredibly well-preserved Roman amphitheater dating back to the 1st century AD, where gladiators once battled for glory.

The medieval town of Rovinj, with its narrow cobblestone streets and colorful facades, exudes an irresistible charm that will leave you captivated. Explore the picturesque Trakošćan Castle, nestled on a hilltop with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, and immerse yourself in the rich history of Croatia’s noble families. Further north, the vibrant city of Zagreb, the nation’s capital, offers a blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy, with its historic Upper Town boasting impressive architecture, museums, and captivating folklore.

Make the most of your historical adventure by staying in the luxurious Villa Desiree! Or view all our villas in Croatia.

Villa Desiree, Pula, Croatia

Discover the Varied and Unique Quirks of Spain


Spain, a country that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, is an absolute delight for history buffs. One cannot help but be enamored by the grandeur of Alhambra in Granada, a breathtaking palace and fortress complex built during the Nasrid Dynasty. The intricate Islamic architecture with its delicate stucco work and serene gardens will leave you in awe.

Seville, the heart of Andalusia, boasts the awe-inspiring Alcázar of Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adorned with intricate Islamic architecture and lush gardens reminiscent of a fairy tale palace. In Córdoba, the mesmerizing Mezquita-Catedral, a mosque turned cathedral, showcases a seamless fusion of Islamic and Christian elements, leaving visitors in awe of its grandeur.

The historical richness of Southern Spain extends to charming towns like Ronda, with its iconic Puente Nuevo bridge spanning a deep gorge, and the picturesque white villages of Andalusia, where Moorish influences still linger. Each historic site in the South exudes a unique allure, making this region an absolute paradise for history enthusiasts and culture seekers. Embrace the warmth of Andalusian hospitality as you embark on an extraordinary adventure through the timeless beauty of Southern Spain’s past.

Make the most of your historical adventure by staying in the luxurious Villa Finca Camila! Or view all our villas in Spain.

Villa Finca Camila, Mijas, Costa del Sol

Combine Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Experiences in France

Palace of the Popes, Avignon

Prepare to be swept away by the allure of Southern France’s historic treasures, a region that effortlessly weaves together a tapestry of history, art, and culture. The magnificent Palace of the Popes in Avignon stands as a testament to the papal history of the region, showcasing grand architecture and opulent chambers that once housed medieval pontiffs.

The medieval city of Carcassonne, with its double ring of fortified walls and turrets, transports visitors to a fairy tale realm that seems to have sprung from the pages of history. The Roman amphitheater in Nîmes, known as the Arena of Nîmes, provides a window into ancient entertainment, while the Roman Theatre in Orange stands as a majestic symbol of Roman influence on the region. In Arles, you’ll find yourself walking in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, as he immortalized the town’s landscapes in his masterpieces.

Each historic site in Southern France exudes its own distinct charm, creating a mosaic of experiences that beckon travelers to immerse themselves in the past. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking to be captivated by the stories of old, Southern France’s historic sites offer an enriching journey through time that will linger in your heart long after you’ve returned home.

Make the most of your historical adventure by staying in the luxurious Villa Corbieres! Or view all our villas in France.

Villa Corbieres, Narbonne, Languedoc

Unravel Pockets of History in Sicily

Palermo Cathedral

Sicily, a treasure trove of history and culture nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, beckons travelers with its captivating array of historic sites. From ancient Greek temples to medieval Norman castles and Baroque masterpieces, this island is a living testament to the legacies of diverse civilizations. Explore the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, where majestic Doric temples stand against the backdrop of rolling hills, transporting you to the glory days of Greek antiquity. The Roman mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina offer a vivid glimpse into daily life during the Roman Empire.

The timeless city of Syracuse boasts the ancient Greek Theater, where performances have captivated audiences for over two millennia. As you wind through the enchanting streets of Palermo, the capital, the Palermo Cathedral and the Norman Palace reveal a blend of architectural styles reflecting the island’s historical evolution. Amidst the serene landscape of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, lies the Greek Theater of Taormina, combining natural beauty with ancient splendor.

Sicily’s historic sites offer more than just visual marvels; they tell the stories of conquerors and cultures, leaving visitors enchanted by the island’s rich and diverse heritage. Embark on an unforgettable journey through time, where every corner reveals a chapter of Sicily’s captivating history.

Make the most of your historical adventure by staying in the luxurious Villa Irene! Or view all our villas in Sicily.

Villa Irene, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

Get Your Dose of Sun and Culture in Cyprus

Kolossi Medieval Castle

Cyprus, an island with a history stretching back to antiquity, offers a unique blend of sun-soaked landscapes and historical wonders. The ancient city of Kourion features a well-preserved Greco-Roman amphitheater, where you can almost hear the echoes of ancient performances.

In Paphos, visit the Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Despite its name, the tombs are not just for kings; they represent a necropolis carved into the rock, where the elite of ancient Paphos are buried. The medieval Kolossi Castle, once a crusader stronghold, transports you to a time of knights and chivalry against the backdrop of Cyprus’ scenic landscapes. For an ethereal experience, venture to the ancient city of Salamis, where sprawling ruins of Roman baths, an amphitheater, and ancient villas evoke the splendor of antiquity. At the crossroads of cultures, the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque near Larnaca provides a serene retreat and a glimpse into Cyprus’ Ottoman heritage. Delve into the island’s Byzantine legacy at the Painted Churches of Troodos, where vibrant frescoes adorn humble mountain chapels, narrating biblical stories with vivid hues.

Cyprus offers an immersive journey through time. Embrace the island’s warm hospitality and embark on an exploration that unveils the captivating history that has shaped Cyprus into the remarkable destination it is today.

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Villa Andriana, Latchi, Cyprus

Immerse Yourself in Myths and Legends of the Past in Greece

Corfu Old Town

Greece’s captivating islands hold a wealth of history and charm, making them a dream destination for travelers seeking to uncover the past while basking in natural beauty. Corfu, known as the Emerald Isle, boasts the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Venetian, French, and British influences converge in a tapestry of narrow streets, historic fortresses, and elegant architecture. In Rhodes, the medieval Old Town transports visitors to the days of knights and crusaders, with its imposing Palace of the Grand Master and labyrinthine streets echoing tales of the past.

Zante offers a different historical facet, with the Byzantine Museum housing religious artifacts and the iconic Shipwreck Beach framed by dramatic cliffs, creating a scene worthy of exploration. Crete, Greece’s largest island, is a treasure trove of ancient history, boasting the Minoan Palace of Knossos, an archaeological marvel that speaks of a once-thriving civilization. Kefalonia, with its captivating landscapes, holds the Melissani Cave, where a sunlit underground lake enchants visitors and creates an ethereal experience.

Each of these Greek islands intertwines its stunning vistas with layers of history, inviting you to immerse yourself in the stories of centuries gone by while reveling in the splendor of the present. As you traverse these island gems, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the seamless blend of past and present, making for an unforgettable journey of exploration and discovery.

Make the most of your historical adventure by staying in the luxurious Villa Aurora Kerasia! Or view all our villas in Greece.

Villa Aurora Kerasia, Agios Stefanos, Corfu

Walk the Grounds of Some of the World’s First Explorers in Portugal


Embark on a captivating voyage through time as you explore the historic sites that grace the picturesque landscapes of Portugal. This region, known for its sun-kissed beaches and vibrant culture, also holds a treasure trove of historical gems waiting to be discovered. The ancient city of Évora beckons with its well-preserved Roman Temple and the hauntingly beautiful Chapel of Bones, a testament to the intricate fusion of architectural styles. The medieval town of Silves boasts the impressive red sandstone Silves Castle, offering panoramic views of the countryside and a glimpse into Portugal’s Moorish past.

Faro’s Old Town presents a charming labyrinth of cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings, showcasing the Arco da Vila and Faro Cathedral as enduring symbols of the city’s history. The rugged cliffs of Sagres host the Sagres Fortress, where Henry the Navigator once guided Portugal’s Age of Exploration. And no visit to Southern Portugal would be complete without experiencing the allure of the Algarve’s historic fishing villages like Lagos, where ancient walls and fortifications share stories of maritime adventures.

The allure of Southern Portugal’s historic sites is as irresistible as its stunning coastal vistas, offering a harmonious blend of past and present that will surely captivate the hearts of travelers seeking a truly enriching experience.

Make the most of your historical adventure by staying in the luxurious Villa Casa Magnolia! Or view all our villas in Portugal.

Villa Casa Magnolia, Gale, Algarve

For history fanatics, these top holiday destinations offer a feast for the senses. From the architectural wonders of Croatia to the myths of Greece, each place enriches your understanding of the past. Whether you’re walking the ancient walls of Dubrovnik or exploring the tombs of Paphos, these historical hotspots promise unforgettable experiences. So, pack your bags, and embark on a journey to witness the footprints of history across these mesmerizing destinations.

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