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A dream holiday in Europe this summer

Written on : 15 May 2019 by

Looking for a getaway and a change of scenery? Travel to Europe! Known as the "Old Continent", this destination continues to attract many travellers from all over the world every year. Europe, the cradle of Western civilisation, has seen the birth of many historical movements and upheavals. From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution, from the great discoveries to the Age of Enlightenment, the continent has an extremely rich heritage that has been preserved over the years. A continent that brings together an extraordinary mix of cultures, populations, languages, landscapes and climates. This is your opportunity to explore the many wonders that Europe has to offer and to discover the cities and villages and their traditions. Discover our most beautiful villas in Italy, Portugal, Greece and France and enjoy a dream holiday this summer!

Portugal, France, Italy and Greece: a unique cultural and natural wealth

Portugal, France, Italy and Greece: a unique cultural and natural wealth

Characterized by their liveliness and incomparable beauty, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece are territories with a rich history. Destinations that will undoubtedly appeal to young and old, whether you are with family or friends.


Portugal, a land of contrasts

Beneath its Mediterranean destination, Portugal is located in the Atlantic Ocean at the confluence of land and ocean. A territory that has been very popular with tourists for several years, this country enchants and offers a true journey back in time. Let yourself be captivated by the natural beauty of the country's landscape and by the breathtaking historical heritage that Portugal has preserved and integrated into its contemporary buildings. Do not miss the fine sandy beaches of the Algarve, the cobbled and colourful streets of Lisbon and its famous tramway "Elétrico n°28", the buildings of Porto and their famous small blue ceramic tiles, or the many small fishing villages throughout the country including Comporta, the most authentic and preserved of the Portuguese villages. From the north to the south of the country, take a look and leave with memories in your head! If you like large expanses of nature and mountains, choose the north of Portugal and its many natural parks or the Alentejo and its endless expanses of plains. For lovers of idleness and water sports, we recommend the Algarve for its idyllic climate and vast beaches of fine sand. This southern region is one of Europe's leading destinations for its wild coves and cliffs, its many water and land activities, and its gentle lifestyle all year round.

You may also enjoy the famous Portuguese cuisine and its typical dish, cod. A fish that the Portuguese cook in 365 different ways and that you never get tired of. So for fish lovers, you will be served! Finish your meal with a Pasteis de Nata, a delicious pastry that is highly popular with locals and travellers alike. And finally, the famous Porto! A very exquisite wine renowned and appreciated all over the world.


Provence, a sweet fragrance of lavender in the South of France

Between mountainous massifs, large stretches of plains, lakes, waterfalls and wild coasts, France conceals landscapes each more breathtaking than the next, all waiting to be discovered. Hidden treasures and unusual places that delight millions of travellers every year. France's success is due in particular to its strong regions, each with its own identity, traditions and gastronomic specialities. From the famous Parisian capital and its many monuments to the sunny Mediterranean coast, passing by the island of Corsican beauty, France has an absolutely extraordinary and unique cultural, natural and gastronomic heritage. An unparalleled diversity that will charm the whole family and satisfy all your desires.

However, let us focus on one of the most beautiful regions in France, Provence. Nestled between mountains and sea, Provence attracts travellers from all over the world thanks to its gentle lifestyle and colourful landscapes. The villages perched in the stone farmhouse, the markets with their unique scents and colours, the singing of cicadas, the fields of vines and lavender... Provence has so much to offer! Then let yourself be tempted by the idleness and beauty of the famous beaches of the South of France or set off to conquer the Alps of Haute-Provence and enjoy thrills during a paragliding or rafting session. You can also discover the authentic plains of the Camargue and their vineyards, the Gorges du Verdon and its sumptuous cliffs, as well as the famous lavender fields of Valensole and their sweet scent. Postcard landscapes and a most welcoming people that will never leave you in the dark. A small Mediterranean jewel of undeniable beauty that also delights with its culinary and craft treasures such as olive oil, tapenade, tasty calissons or the famous Marseille soap. So don't leave Provence without taking these internationally renowned specialities with you in your suitcase to please your family and friends!


Exceptional landscapes in Italy

Another Mediterranean destination that has successfully maintained its memories and charm of years past. Renowned for its mythical enterprises, its fascinating past, its gastronomy and its way of life, Italy pleases and delights thanks to its authenticity and the diversity of its landscapes. Each region is different and has its own characteristics. Umbria, the green capital of the country, Tuscany and its hills as far as the eye can see, Lombardy and its absolutely breathtaking mountain landscapes or Piedmont with its picturesque villages and mountain sites. Italy is also famous for its islands: Sardinia, where yachts blend together with the most exceptional beaches and cliffs, and Sicily, where charming villages, historical monuments and exceptional beaches are to be found. From coastal landscapes to land, the ancient and medieval architectural heritage of Italy and the wild nature of Italy enchant young and old alike.

Passionate about art and culture, Italy is waiting for you! Discover the Cinque Terre, five fascinating and colourful cities bursting with life, let yourself be lulled by the charm and romance of Venice on a gondola ride, visit the superb ruins of Pompeii, make a wish for the Trevi Fountain or strike a pose in front of the Pisa Tower. Lovers of wide open spaces will also be delighted because Italy is also a country of breathtaking natural landscapes. Thus, recharge your batteries on the shores of Lake Como, one of the most beautiful Italian lakes, venture out on a hike to discover the volcanoes of Sicily or enjoy moments of peace and tranquillity in the green spaces of Umbria. However, a trip to Italy would not be perfect without enjoying the delicious local cuisine, one of the best in the world. So enjoy yourself and taste Italian pizza and pasta, not to mention the delicious gelato, a famous Italian ice cream. You will not be disappointed!


Greece, a fragmented territory with a thousand and one splendours

Greece, a fragmented territory with a thousand and one splendours. Though celebrated for its rich heritage from the ancient times, Greece is not only about its ruins and has some absolutely exceptional sites that are worth a visit. This country is divided on all sides by mountains and sea. There are about 6,000 Greek islands in the Mediterranean basin, symbolized mainly by Corfu, Crete and the Cyclades. So many miniature territories, each with its own identity and traditions. Not to mention philoxenia, the traditional Greek hospitality that makes this country so endearing!

Known for its oldest and most legendary myths, Greece has many museums and archaeological sites to visit. Amateurs and lovers of ancient Greece, this is your moment! Discover the rock of the Acropolis of Athens, the Olympia stadium, the Mycenaean fortress or the Epidaurus theatre, the masterpieces of Greek architecture. In the Cyclades, Peloponnese or Olympia, don't forget your camera because you will be amazed! Greece is also a natural site of extreme beauty, 18 of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So don't miss Santorini's volcanic landscapes during a boat trip on the Aegean Sea, observe from the Acropolis of Athens the many hills and mountains covered with lush nature or venture into the Perama caves dating back over a million years. For a relaxing and invigorating break, enjoy the many heavenly beaches that Greece has to offer. What could be better than relaxing on the fine Greek sand and its changing colours a few steps from the turquoise and warm water? The Super Paradise beach of Mykonos is considered the most beautiful in the Aegean Sea for its azure water and golden sand.

A dream holiday in Europe

A dream holiday in Europe

Villanovo's teams do their utmost to offer you the most beautiful stay in our luxury villas in the destination of your choice. We have a wide range of carefully selected high-end properties that will meet your every expectation. From the ultra-modern villa with its state-of-the-art facilities and large living spaces to the more traditional villa with stone walls and exotic gardens, there is something for everyone! Take advantage of exclusive services and do not hesitate to use house staff to maximize time with your loved ones during your stay. So spend a relaxing and unforgettable holiday in Europe and come back countless memories!

Head for Portugal and its magnificent landscapes, both wild and ancient. Located in the south of the country in one of the most beautiful resorts of the Algarve, Villa Orelio. Both modern and very refined, this little jewel is the ideal villa for a stay with your family or a reunion with friends. Located in the heart of the seaside resort of Quinta do Lago, you will have access to many luxury amenities such as golf courses and country clubs. Villa Orelio offers large, bright and comfortable living spaces to enjoy moments of intimacy and fun with others. With seven bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, you can enjoy a beautiful private swimming pool, a sauna, a hammam, a cinema room and a magnificent garden with a dining and lounge area. Numerous amenities that will entertain young and old alike.   

Also in the Algarve, in the seaside resort of Albufeira, is Villa Nemesia. Located in a quiet area with various activities in the surroundings, this luxurious villa has a very favourable and unique location. Find yourself only a hundred meters from the city' s bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Albufeira's famous resort. Far from the hustle and bustle, Villa Nemesia is a true haven of peace and serenity in which to enjoy a holiday in complete privacy. Enjoy a beautiful property superbly decorated and furnished with six bedrooms and large living rooms overlooking the sea and the superb beach of Dos Bicos. Relax by your private pool or take a well-deserved nap at the beach just a few steps from the comfort of your villa.

We now head to France and the beautiful region of Provence to discover Villa Cigalea, a small jewel located in Saint-Rémy de Provence, in the heart of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park. This pretty country house has a charming setting in a quiet and soothing environment. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle life and enjoy a little privacy and tranquility with your loved ones! With five bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, pleasant and warm living rooms, a huge garden with terraces and a private swimming pool, Villa Cigalea will offer you the rest and relaxation you need. Recharge your batteries and enjoy the wide open spaces of greenery!

Also in Saint-Rémy de Provence, is the magnificent Villa L'Eternelle. This home will offer you serenity and peacefulness just a few kilometres from the region's tourist activities. The property is divided into two parts: a main building and a pool house annex with large interior spaces. You will have three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a heated swimming pool and a superb garden with exotic plants. Villa L'Eternelle will allow you to disconnect from everyday life and enjoy one of the most beautiful regions in France.

Let us now journey along the Mediterranean to reach Tuscany. Nestled on the green hills just a few kilometres from the beautiful Italian city of Lucca, is Villa Melodia. This superb villa with its typical Tuscan architecture and red brick walls has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and spacious and bright living rooms with high ceilings and exposed beams. Enjoy a superb view of the Apuan Alps from your private swimming pool or from the many outdoor facilities. Panoramic views that span the Mediterranean Sea.

Further south, in the west of Sicily, lies the wonderful Villa Mazara. Located near superb nature reserves and famous resorts, this luxurious four-bedroom property is ideally located for a wide range of activities and enjoyment for the whole family. So enjoy the large outdoor spaces with private swimming pool, solarium, orchard and jacuzzi. The interior of the villa is also full of charm with its large bright rooms and antique furniture. By staying in Villa Mazara, Sicily will win you over!

Still in Sicily, on the island of Pantelleria, discover Villa Dammuso, a true Sicilian architectural masterpiece. Entirely covered in volcanic stone and surrounded by a huge Mediterranean garden, this superb four-bedroom house exudes an incomparable charm. This oasis of tranquility and privacy is ideally positioned for you to visit all the wonders of the island and is just a few metres from the beach. Villa Dammuso combines the comfort of the modern with the charm of the old to offer you the most immersive and exceptional stay possible. A holiday you won't forget!

End your journey in the Cyclades, Greece with the fabulous Villa Ari. Located in the heights of the island of Sifnos, this luxurious property has seven bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, large living rooms and various outdoor relaxation areas to offer you the most relaxing holidays. So, enjoy a superb private infinity pool with jacuzzi, a yoga and meditation area and water sports equipment. In the middle of century-old pines, wild flowers and aromatic herbs, admire the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and the neighbouring islands. A true haven of peace in a paradisiacal setting, any need for more?