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Going on holiday on your own can be liberating. Plan your entire trip just the way you like it, without worrying about anyone else's allergies or whether they snore. And you might well make some new friends while you're there. Here are some of the best countries for singles holidays:
A huge number of UK holidaymakers visit Spain every year. It's a holiday destination that really does cater to everyone. You're likely to see plenty of other people travelling solo, and arranging airport transfers from cities like Alicante, Barcelona and Madrid is simple. Places such as the Costa del Sol offer familiar sights, such as chip shops and British food in local supermarkets.
In Spain, you can have whatever type of holiday you like. Sign up for tours and excursions, have a go at watersports, diving and snorkelling, or spend every afternoon by the pool. It's up to you.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca's a hotspot for summer holidays and winter sun. An attractive variety of hotels and apartments on the island makes it simpler to book a single room. Taxis are generally easy to find and represent good value in comparison to average UK taxi prices.
Majorca's capital is Palma, which has a cathedral, castle and fortress to explore. Palma airport is around ten minutes away by bus. The city centre is easy to get around on foot, with cafés and restaurants to stop at along the way. It's the ideal destination for a European city break.
There are ruins and historic monuments throughout Greece, and being able to visit and explore them at your own pace is always a pleasure. The flexibility of singles holidays gives you the opportunity to hop around the Ionian and Aegean islands. In mainland Greece, hiring a car for sightseeing is another alternative.
Strike up a conversation at a traditional Greek taverna. You'll typically get a warm and friendly welcome wherever you go, from Athens to Kalamaria and Patras. The views from these little restaurants are often spectacular, especially at night.
Standards of dress and conduct are a little different in Turkey. Solo travellers in particular are advised to take note of the country's customs and act accordingly. As long as you're respectful of Turkish culture, holidays for one are exciting and enjoyable.
There are international airports in Dalaman, Antalya, Istanbul and Bodrum.
When shopping in Turkey's bazaars and street markets, haggling is the done thing. Barter to your heart's content without anyone pushing you to go higher.