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OUR TOP EUROPEAN HOLIDAY (AND HONEYMOON) PICKS!

Engaged Bachelor couple Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich are already getting beach ready for their honeymoon, showing off with their Hammamas on the beaches of Sydney recently.

Rumour has it that their upcoming nuptials are due to take place this summer in Italy and other reports tell us that Anna has found her dream wedding dress. But have they found their perfect honeymoon destination? The Hammamas team thought we’d take a few guesses at where they might go after their wedding in Italy and give you all some inspiration about where to spend your European summer holidays this year.

Choose your mood

First thing’s first – what kind of summer break do you want this year? Are you an ‘off the beaten track explorer’, a beach babe (or bum!), seeking sporty activities or just want to meander the streets of a new city on your travels and get a little lost?

If you like a stat, you’ll be interested to know that in the 10 years leading up to 2015 the number of Australians holidaying abroad surged by 145% to 5.4 million (thanks Tourism Research Australia). That’s an average of 31 out of 100 Australian residents leaving our shores to travel overseas this summer. The average length of holidays is around 14 days and we all know that time flies when you’re having fun! So we’ve rustled up some ideas for you (and our friends Tim and Anna!) so that you can Insta-spam your friends this Australian winter with a European summer getaway!

Stay a while in Italy

If Anna and Tim are getting wed in Italy and don’t want to travel further, then Sicily could be a winner. They could simply hop on over to what is apparently the most Instagrammable island on earth and absorb the island’s gorgeous hilltop towns, cobblestone streets and rugged coastline.

Not convinced by a new photo opportunity around every corner?

Of all the reasons to visit Sicily, Mount Etna is top of the list. Yes it’s a volcano, yes it still erupts and yes it’s the second tallest in the world which makes it even more scary; however, it’s an incredibly popular sightseeing location offering a-maz-ing views whilst you walk around the old crater.

The capital Palermo, on the north coast, has museums, chapels, cathedrals and churches if you want to absorb some culture and history; then reward yourself by hiring a car and spending a couple of days on the northwest corner of the island exploring the beaches.

Pack your travel towel and tick these off your list: Taormina and Catania, San Vito lo Capo, Mondello Beach in Palermo, Calamosche Beach, Isola Bella, Scala dei Turchi! Phew! You’re welcome.

Mix Eastern tradition with Western glamour in Marrakech

Colour and contrasts go perfectly with the Hammamas clash range (sorry – we couldn’t resist name dropping one of our favourite collections!) This North African city is all about Souks, Bazaars and rooftops.

Often called the red city, it’s sun-soaked all year long so in another shameless plug, here’s how to wear your Hammamas Turkish beach towel to protect your head from the sun and heat!

Go to a traditional hammam during your stay. Not to be confused with our cotton travel towels (Hammamas), the Hammam is a place where the Moroccans go regularly to bathe. If you enjoy steam bath or sauna, you should head to the Hammam. Stay until your skin glows!

Get up close and personal with Moroccan culture and stay in a luxury Riad. We bet Anna and Tim will be having their own Riad at Royal Mansour Marrakech – the most fancy pants of luxury hotels in Marrakech. The newlyweds will likely have one of the 53 private riads commissioned by King Mohammed VI and built in four hectares of Moorish gardens.

Back to reality for the rest of us – spend your daytimes wandering the Souks inside the Medina walls of old Marrakech then at night, get your fortune told at Djemma el Fna but watch out for the snake charmers!

Our home away from home – Turkey

Made near Pamukkale, if you’ve started the list of things you need to pack then your Hammamas beach towels should be one of them.

Also called Cotton Castle, you could think you’re in a fantasy movie if you visit Pamukkale with it’s snow-white petrified waterfall.

The white travertine pools of Pamukkale are famous for their healing thermal mineral waters and the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis with it’s ruins is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – add it to your bucket list please!

If you’re more into sand and sea then Patara, Turkey’s longest beach, is a worthy choice.

We know Tim Robards is all about fitness so maybe they’ll include some outdoor activities on their honeymoon and visit Olu Deniz for a spot of paragliding; Antalya for white water rafting; Kas for scuba diving, sea kayaking and canyoning and then top it off with some mountain biking in Cappadocia.

Iceland – the Wildcard

Glaciers, Fjords, National Parks, Geothermal Pools…I know, we had you at ‘hello’ right. We had to throw something random into the mix and for us it’s Iceland. Not the typical Aussie getaway we’ll admit, but a very cool place to visit.

Mix it up with relaxation in the natural hot springs and then some off-road driving on a tour across the Vatnajokull Glacier. From the famous black beaches in the south to the Northern lights, Iceland might just be that little gem you’ve been searching for. Need we say more?

Why choose one destination when you can have your cake and eat it too. The combination holiday is apparently now a ‘real big thing’ where you visit more than one destination during that same very trip.  So let’s not forget to pack your perfect travel towels – compact and lightweight. So, just like one destination, you don’t have to pick which one you want to take with you!

A perfect travel companion for any holiday. Have fun!

With love from the Hammamas team x

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