The Woodhouse Late-Summer Travel Guide – Where To Go And What To Wear
As time goes on we’re gradually seeing a decrease in certain country’s coronavirus restrictions. This means many places are already beginning to open back up for new tourism, making summer sun a realistic possibility for a lot of us. Here at Woodhouse, we’re fond of traveling so we’ve put together a few of our favourite locations and what we think you should wear when you’re out and about.
Bruges, Belgium –
Located in northwest Belgium and laced with canals and striking architecture, Bruges is one of the best persevered medieval towns in Europe. With numerous amounts of landmarks including The Church of Our Lady (second tallest brick tower building worldwide), it’s 13th-century belfry, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and enough relics of the past to satisfy the needs of any budding historian. If history isn’t your thing, Bruges has 3 award-winning breweries and even an underground pipeline that runs from the Half-Moon brewery to an out of town bottling plant, so beer won’t be a problem.
Bruges’s weather can be pretty similar to the UK, so for the summertime, we’d suggest packing ready with some light removable layers. Try layering a coloured sweat with a slightly longer fresh white t-shirt underneath for details. Partner this alongside a pair of selvage denim and a clean sneaker for a stylish but functional city look.
Nice, France –
Located on the French riviera on the south-east coast of France, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. Famous for its exceptional climate and beauty, Nice is a perfect destination for those that are after a laid back trip full of local culture and history. If you’re feeling active can take a walk down the iconic Promenade Des Anglais, checkout the hilltop castle, or have a browse around one of the many museums. If you’re after chilled day Nice has many cafes and restaurants to sample the famous local cuisine as well as stunning beaches to catch some rays on.
Between August and September, Nice’s temperature reaches an average daily high of around 25-27 degrees Celsius, so dressing light is essential. For a french inspired look try pairing a Bretagne striped t-shirt upper along with a pair of slim-fitting shorts. Keep your colour palette light by embracing white, soft blues, and pastel notes. Finish the look with a pair of Birkenstock sandals and a much-needed pair of sunglasses.
Dubrovnik, Croatia –
Sitting on the beautiful Dalmatian coast lies the city of Dubrovnik. Coming to recent fame after being the primary location for ‘Kings Landing’ in ‘Game of Thrones’, Dubrovnik is known for its mesmerising architecture, terracotta rooftops, and medieval history. Perfect for an active getaway, Dubrovnik has a variety of attractions including the famous old town, ancient city walls, Game of Thrones filming locations, and even Lokrum island, a lush green escape from the city only 10 minutes away by water taxi.
During summer season Dubrovnik’s temperatures can soar past a whopping 40 °C. so it’s important to wear lightweight clothes with plenty of breathability. For a weather-friendly look keep your colours light and your clothes loose. We recommend a short-sleeved shirt made of either light cotton or nylon with a pair of shorts and a stylish cap to keep the sun from beating down on you. As most of the streets are cobbled, we’d recommend a pair of trainers over sandals.
Santorini, Greece –
Shaped by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, Santorini today is a picturesque Greek island you’re probably familiar with after seeing it on everyone’s Instagram feed, and for good reason. Santorini is the perfect getaway for those wanting to relax and take in the local culture. At only 30 miles long, the best way to see the sights of the island is to hire a car or a quad bike and get exploring. You can visit a number of wineries, go for a long walk overlooking the caldera or even see the ruins of Ancient Thera.
With Santorini’s temperature in late summer reaching highs of around 30 °C. during the day it would be best to opt for a for the standard t-shirt and shorts combo. In the evening you may want to get out and sample one of Santorini’s hundreds of fancy restaurants and tavernas available for your meal. For evening-wear, we recommend a smart open collar shirt paired with a contrasting slim fitted chino. Complete the look with a smart white leather sneaker alongside a belt to accessorise and bring the whole look together.
So get out there, be safe, and enjoy yourself! Just don’t forget travel essentials (or your passport for that matter).
Words by Jack Strong