For us, there isn’t one best season to travel. Every month of the year brings a rare opportunity to see another facet of the world.
For those who can’t wait for springtime, the French Riviera’s garden festivals during the month of May will be sure to please. For those looking to relax after a busy summer season, Mykonos really comes alive with tranquility during the month of September.
We’ve carefully selected the destinations to watch this year.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s travel through the year.
In the desert of Marrakech in January
It may be a little chilly in mid-winter, so bundle up more than you would expect.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the desert landscape. Winter may even be the best season to star gaze under the infinite sky without the extreme heat to damper your experience.
In January Marrakech hosts an annual marathon. The course on foot begins near Djemma El Fna and extends out to the Palmeraie, returning back again into the city.
On the slopes of Verbier in February
In February, as it is the month of love, all we want to do is cozy up in a mountain lodge with our loved ones.
Join together with your near and dear ones near a fire on a snowy evening in Verbier. As the sun goes down, warm up with a raclette meal prepared by a chef accompanied by mulled wine.
Spend the entire evening playing board games and laughing until the sun comes up.
Under the sun of Saint-Barthélemy in March
In 2019, the islands are back to that care-free atmosphere that has become their trademark: clear water lagoons, a laid-back way of life and a new address to discover around every corner. We haven’t been able to find anything better to beat the winter blues.
Flower Power in Sicily in April
During the week of Easter (this year on April 21), the streets are filled with colorful festivals and events in Sicily.
Join in on the festivities along the palm tree-lined and winding streets of a town along the sea; simply overflowing with Italian charm.
In the gardens of the French Riviera in May
May is the ideal season to discover one of the most breathtaking facets of the French Riviera. During the Garden Festival, push open the doors to the most beautiful properties in the region.
Overflowing with exotic plants from around the world, these gardens were created in a way that only the French Riviera knows how to do.
You can even continue the experience at our Villa Grimaldi. Its Art Deco, colorful architecture is buried in a luscious garden perched above Cannes. The sunsets, seen from its gazebo hanging onto the hillside, are un-matched.
Read more: French Riviera Spring Road-trip 1/2
Biking adventure in Corsica in June
On the 8th of June a cycling race starts and does the circuit of Corsica. Over three days and 700 kilometres, the race passes through the streets of Bonifacio, Solenzara, Corte, Bastia, St Florent, Calvi, Porto and Piana before returning to the starting point in Ajaccio.
The race tours the most astonishing landscapes in Corsica: from turquoise bays to phenomenal mountains to rushing rivers in mysterious prairies. Following the race is the perfect occasion to discover Corsica off the beaten path.
After having encouraged the cyclists, end the day in front of the sunset on the terrace of our Villa Colomba.
Read more here: Explore Corsica’s Wild Side
Read more: Explore Corsica’s wild side
July in the secret caves of Ibiza
If you’re looking to visit Ibiza during its peak season, July is the month for you. This year, secret cave parties are all the rage. Somewhere along the western coast of the island there lies a beautiful sheltered bay hidden from the public eye with rocks, cliffs, and pines. Will you be able to find it?
And to see the quiet and wild side of the island, all you have to do is drive north. Along the paths we pass cactuses, carob trees, almond trees in bloom and hundred-year-old olive trees. Next, all that is left to do is to choose a deserted beach and a chiringuito for lunch with your feet in the water.
August on the waves of Comporta
Comporta is a paradise for bohemian summers: meadows brimming with wild flowers, golden sand dunes and beach huts where you can eat freshly-caught fish. Here, we live barefoot with a surfboard under the arm.
As night falls, go horseback riding along the immense beaches to discover the hidden corners of this untamed region.
Authentic Mykonos in September
September in Mykonos is our favorite. Off season but not too much, the island becomes calm again and most of the restaurants and beach bars are still open. Long gone are the crowds of summer tourists, and all that remains is you and the sea.
We recommend getting a table at Scorpios for lunch, a unique restaurant built around the mediterranean way of eating, boasting numerous cozy terraces and stylish lounge spots right on the beach.
End the day on the terrace of our Villa Pyrrhus with an impeccable front row seat of the sunset just in front of you.
Music in Marseille in October
The South of France is still alive and well in the early autumn months.
Autumn sunshine bakes the terraccota rooftops that rise above us and the sea is still warm enough for a quick swim.
During the month of October, the Fiesta des suds music festival parties on from the 11-13th of October.
Dance all night long to the sounds from world-renowned DJs next to the docks of Marseille.
Read more here: French Riviera Spring Road-trip 1/2
Read more: French Riviera Spring Road-trip 1/2
In the breeze of Essaouira in November
A quieter side of Morrocan lifestyle reveals itself to us in Essaouira. Because of Essaouira‘s unique position in the desert, and close to the sea, you can enjoy a unique mix of both yoga and surfing.
Essaouira is quickly becoming a leading haven for wellness retreats.
It’s this peaceful facet of the moroccan art of living that influences our Villa Oranger.
And it does help that the bustling souks of Marrakech are only a hop, skip and a jump away, if you’re looking for a little excitement.
Paris, the city of lights, in December
During the month of December, the city of lights really takes on it’s name. The streets illuminate and Paris is wrapped in a festive atmosphere. Dive into a magical experience at the exposition Van Gogh- The Starry Night at L’Atelier des Lumières just until the 31st of December.
Then, go to dinner in a bouillon, a huge brewery inspired by the canteens of workers, that brings back the taste of the day. Finish the evening with a cocktail in one of the creative bars that abound in the city.
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