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11 reasons this will be the best summer ever

June 2014

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Seeking adventure or just want to kick back? We have lots of ideas to make this your perfect summer. And get snap happy to win a holiday with #bestsummerever
Discover Croatia or Greece via yacht this summer
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Pick up a VW campervan in Barcelona and drop it off in the vineyards of southwest France

1. Get knotted 
Yachts and Friends supplies both boats and skippers to sail you into the turquoise coves of Croatia and Greece. Or opt for The Yacht Week, where you'll join a flotilla of yachts cruising from island to island.

2. Stay in paradise
Be first to savour the stunning Aegean views when Mandarin Oriental opens its Paradise Bay resort on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula. From £660 per night.

3. Street dance
Porto's São João Festival is one of Europe's biggest street parties, with crowds of 200,000 for fireworks, barbecues and live music in the old town's labyrinthine streets. Stay at The Yeatman.
The Yeatman offers a three-day festival programme during 22-24 June. A superior room based on two sharing, costs from £280 per night.

4. Art in the Aegean
In hotels, houses, restaurants and many other sites around this pretty Greek Island, the second Santorini Biennale takes place from July to October with the title of Peace Mechanisms.

Dance until dawn in Marbella


5. Light up your life
See a different side to colour at Amsterdam's Electric Ladyland, a museum dedicated to fluorescence. From its naturally occurring mineral state to UV-lit artworks, it's a very bright idea.

6. Up, up and away
Make the 1,055m ascent in Gstaad's Zweisimmen Rinderberg Cable Car and as you dine you'll be serenaded by horn music from the mountainside performed by traditionally clad musicians.
Open for selected dates during June to September.

7. Dance til dawn
Nikki Beach, Marbella's go-to hotspot, reopens this summer after an extensive renovation. Its signature white sunbeds and teepees are in place, as well as a new pool, restaurant and elevated VIP area. 

8. Classic dub
WeDubYou's package allows you to pick up a classic VW campervan near the beaches of Barcelona and drop it off in the vineyards of southwest France. Each van has an iPad with route maps.

Embark on a modern hippy adventure with WeDubYou


9. Island hop
Get into the flow of the Faroe Islands by following a guide's route to hop between 18 volcanic islands by walking, hiking and going on a boat trip, discovering lagoons, mountains and fjords. (Seven days, costs from £860 based on two sharing, see inntravel.co.uk.)

10. A roof with a view
Pop-up cinema comes to London's Peckham and Shoreditch, thanks to British Airways and the Rooftop Film Club. Sit under the stars with a wireless headset, re-creating the in-flight entertainment experience.

11. Live la dolce vita
Cinema-inspired theme park Cinecittà World, due to open this month, is bringing the glamour of the 1960s back to Rome. It will include 38 rides and attractions, each area illustrating a different film genre from western to sci-fi.

SHARE YOUR PICTURES AND WIN
We want to know what you're planning to do and where you're going to be this summer. Share your photographs on Instagram using the hashtag #bestsummerever and tagging @British_Airways to be in with a chance of winning a pair of return flights to one of BA's favourite sunshine destinations. ba.com/bestsummerever 

More summer spirit: London's best rooftop bars and pop ups and Carl Cox's ultimate guide to Ibiza, plus seven reasons to visit Porto.

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Posted by Delia Piccinini and Ianthe Butt

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