Staycation time: EU leaders keep it low-key
Italian Prime Minister
Vacation location: Pisa
Italy's beleaguered Prime Minister Enrico Letta has only been in the job a few months and already he could be forgiven for yearning for a holiday. Infighting within his own center-left party and growing tensions with its coalition partner, Silvio Berlusconi's party, have dogged his government.
Not much progress seems to have been made on the political or economic front. So, eager to appear dedicated to the job, Letta announced he would not go on holiday this August because of the need to resolve a dispute over taxes among his coalition members, according to the Italian newspaper Il Sole.
In June, the Italian Minister of Defense, Mario Mauro, announced that the entire government would not go on holiday until economic reforms had been put in place, the newspaper La Stampa reported.
However, CNBC was told by the Italian government's press office that the prime minister, once he had returned from an official visit to Azerbaijan and Afghanistan, would try to take a few days rest in his native city of Pisa.
One veteran politician who is not about to renounce his well-deserved holiday is Giorgio Napolitano. The 88-year old Italian president reluctantly agreed to stay in the post earlier this year, forfeiting his planned retirement. He's currently away on holiday at a hotel in Val Fiscalina, in the mountainous region of Alto Adige in Italy's north, Il Sole reported.
U.K. Prime Minister
Vacation Location: Portugal and UK
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has often tried to set an example by taking annual vacations within British shores. This year, however, the Conservative leader has already been to the party island of Ibiza (although he stayed on the quieter part of the island) and he is now on holiday in the Algarve in Portugal.
The prime minister and his wife, Samantha traveled abroad on budget airline Easyjet to the south-western Portuguese region, renowned for its mostly unspoiled beaches and relaxed atmosphere. They were pictured on a visit to the Aljezur fish market.
The Mirror newspaper reported that the prime minister is also set to spend time this summer in Cornwall, in the south west of the U.K., and in Scotland, before parliament reconvenes on September 2.
Spanish Prime Minister
Vacation Location: Galicia and Donana, Spain