Provence is basking in full 30 degree sunshine, the skies of the Aegean are vibrant blue, days are long, nights are warm and drawing in late.

Bodrum’s tourism has resumed, with little matching those carefree days sailing the Turkish Riviera on a gulet, perhaps crossing to the nearby island of Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece.

We are spoiled for choice in July. American Independence Day lunch parties on the Pampelonne beaches of St Tropez, late alfresco breakfasts on Pantelleria, the passeggiata on Capri, and elegant soirées on the Costa Smeralda…

Our thoughts turn to simple trattorie on the Amalfi Coast where the lemons and tomatoes taste like nowhere else. Or seafood paella at a fashionable Formentera beach restaurant where the white sands and pale turquoise waters are as close as it gets in Europe to the Caribbean.

We think of summer wines: a Pigato in Portofino, the palest of rosés on the Porquerolles, dry Assyrtiko white from Santorini, our favourite Verdicchio from Italy’s Marche region.

July means endless summer days, beautiful villas, world-class hotels, white yachts set against blue skies, and time to do little but relax and rejuvenate.

There are many choices. The art is making the right ones. With time a precious commodity let the experts take the strain.

Over these past months we have explored all the above destinations, and many more, critiquing and comparing so our private clients can reap the rewards.

Come talk to us. We really do live up to our strapline: we know where.

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