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Europe’s Hidden Gems


If you and your friends and family are planning your next European holiday together, and you’re looking to try something a little different, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re sharing our insider knowledge here at James Villas, giving you the scoop on some of the best secret destinations and hidden gems for a villa holiday to Europe that’s off the beaten track.

Menorca, Spain

For the perfect family holiday, there are few better destinations than the Spanish island of Menorca. If you want the best of both worlds, with activities to keep the kids happy, and the peace and quiet for you to unwind, then head to Santo Tomas.

Happily situated between Ciutadella de Menorca and Mahón, you will find yourself within easy reach of all the fun attractions of these locations, with the luxury of being able to retire to your private villa to relax away from the crowds. Or why not head down to the stunning beach with its white sands and clear, shallow waters, which are perfect for kids to enjoy.

From our Luxury Villas portfolio, you will find the perfect base for your family villa holiday with villa Binigaus Nou. With enough room to accommodate up to 12 guests in its six bedrooms, the whole family can come along to join in the fun. Gather round the barbecue at meal times, take a dip in your private infinity pool or simply explore the 120 hectares of beautiful, private grounds!

Villa Holidays in Santo Tomas

Santo Tomas

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Located on the southern coast of Italy, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful corners of the world. With steep cliffs falling away into azure seas, studded with brightly coloured houses that are offset against vast blue skies, it’s not hard to lose yourself in the romance of the area.

For a glimpse of the old Amalfi Coast, head to the charming town of Marina del Cantone. Relatively unknown, yet home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, this tranquil spot attracts the likes of Bill Gates, Elton John and Michael Caine, who visit when they’re looking to escape the crowds elsewhere.

For holidays with friends, when you’re looking for somewhere special to relax, there’s nowhere better than Villa Marina. From our Best of James range, you will find everything you need and more to unwind in comfort. Alternatively, for fun with the whole family, Villa La Granseola has space for up to 12 guests, a large roof terrace and a private pool, making it the perfect setting for barbecues and big group activities.

Villa Holidays La Granseola

La Granseola

Douro Valley, Portugal

The Douro Valley, with its deep blue river winding languidly through the Portuguese countryside, is renowned for its production of wine and port. Set against a backdrop of rolling green hills, a private villa holiday in this scenic region is the perfect way to escape it all.

Explore quaint little historic villages, take a stroll through the lush landscapes, or go on a wine tasting tour of the local area. Alternatively, perhaps a river cruise of the region will take your fancy or a shopping trip to the beautiful, colourful city of Porto.

If it’s a real sense of seclusion and tranquillity that you’re after, there are few better locations to enjoy with friends than Villa Casa S’Markinhas. Set high in the Douro Valley, admire the stunning panoramic views from your private pool or sun lounger on the patio. For the perfect family holiday, discover the Villa Quinta Vale Dona Maria, with its warm, welcoming atmosphere and family-friendly pool area.

Villa Holiday in Douro Valley

Douro Valley

For more inspiration for your next holiday with James Villas, browse our destinations page.


Amanda is a Marketing Assistant at James Villa Holidays.

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