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Top 10 Summer Holiday Destinations 2019

If there’s one thing we all look forward too every year, it’s our summer holidays.  We’re looking for some epic experiences to take us away from our normal day-to-day activities and transport us to some sunshine. So it’s not a case of if we go, it’s where we’ll go. So if you’re looking for a little inspiration we’ve pulled together our list of the Top 10 Summer Holiday Destinations this year:

        1. Majorca
        2. Croatia
        3. Fuerteventura
        4. Antalya
        5. Menorca 
        6. Greek Islands
        7. Ibiza
        8. Dominican Republic
        9. Tunisia   
        10. Malta

We’re hoping this blend of sand, sea and sunshine will get you eagerly looking forward to June, July and August and your crucial summer getaway. Now read on to find out why we think these are the best places on the planet to spend the summer months, and some cracking deals to get you there. What's more, book your summer holiday today and you can take advantage of our low deposit offer, with only 25% of the cost due upfront (and the rest due 30 days before departure). 

1. Majorca

If you ask anyone what the most famous summer holiday island was in the world, we’re betting Majorca would be high up on that list. Everyone’s in love with this island because it can be anything to everyone. Perfect for a family beach holiday but equally lively if dancing on tables and partying into the night is your thing. The biggest of the Balearic Islands has a whopping 262 beaches to make the most of on your Majorca holidays. So you combine that with awesome weather, waterparks and boat tours - you’ve got the complete package for a super summer break.

  • Average temperature: 25C
  • Average hours of sunshine:11
  • Places to visit: Alcudia Old Town for sightseeing by day and the markets at night
  • Things to do: The Coves del Drac near Porto Cristo. Tours of the underwater caves are offered all year round,
  • What to eat and drink: Try bar hopping to taste the different tapas. You’ll find all the spanish classics here. And vermouth and sangria are some of the best holiday drinks going.

2. Croatia

Croatia’s coastline is one of the best in the world so explore it along with the Dalmatian islands this summer. The second largest city of Split is a cool option for those looking for some great restaurants, bars and a some UNESCO World Heritage sites. Hvar, Brac and Bol are idyllic islands to explore from here. But if you want a beautiful beach break then we recommend dreamy Dubrovnik - it’s called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” for a good reason. Hit the beach and then in the evening check out all the palaces, churches and other wonderful buildings within the city walls. Charming Cavtat is also a pretty little city just south of Dubrovnik, with wonderful beaches and loads of cultural stuff to do, from museums to ancient ruins.

  • Average temperature: 25C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 13
  • Places to visit: Game of Thrones fans should head to Dubrovnik's Old Town for some familiar sights from the TV show
  • Things to do: Take the cable car to the top of Mount Srd for epic views of Dubrovnik
  • What to eat and drink: The black risotto (crni rižot) is famous here as their roast lamb (Janjetina) and green stew (Zelena Menestra). Local craft beers are on trend now here

3. Fuerteventura

Now the darling of the winter sun crowd, the second biggest Canary Island is still a winner if you’re looking for a cheap summer holiday. If you love sandy beaches, Fuerteventura's got 30 miles to explore, sunbathe and generally chill out on. But get into the water too, as along with swimming watersports are huge here - mainly because it’s a bit breezy. Which also comes in handy for hiking and biking round the island - it’s an UNESCO designated Biosphere so you really want to visit the mountains and (dormant) volcanoes. Take a boat trip this summer and see dolphins and other fish from the comfort of a catamaran (or pop in the water for a snorkel).

  • Average temperature: 25C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 10
  • Places to visit: Corralejo Natural Park. You just need to know it has one of the largest sand dunes in the world.
  • Things to do: Got to be windsurfing - this is one of the best places in the world to try it.
  • What to eat and drink: Papas Arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes). They go great with dips and the local stews. And the local goats cheese is really tasty, Queso Fuerteventura.

4. Antalya

Some like it hot, and if you’re one of those people it’s hard to look further than Antalya - it’s scorching in the summer. This southern Turkish resort is a playground for holidaymakers, packed full of all-inclusive hotels and resorts right on the beach. Belek and Lara Beach has some great five star resorts to relax in. But it’s all about the pools, beaches and waterparks - Antalya has the warmest water in the Mediterranean, so perfect for a family beach holiday. Kaleiçi (the old town) is worth dragging yourself away from your hotel as it dates back to Roman times and has some authentic Turkish restaurants to try the local food.

  • Average temperature: 28C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 10
  • Places to visit:The Temple of Apollo at Side and the Manavgat Waterfalls are great day trips.
  • Things to do: HIt the waterparks - the water’s always warm here, then take a gulet (boat) for a cruise down the coast.
  • What to eat and drink:The gigantic traditional Turkish breakfast - eggs, pastries, cheese, honey - talk about setting yourself up for the day.

5. Menorca

While it might be little compared to Majorca, in fact Menorca means smaller island, it uses this to its advantage by being very unspoilt. You’ll find it a great place for a cheap family holiday, as it’s quieter and it’s all about the beaches, blue water and chilling out. If you’re on the south of the island try Cala Macarella, Cala Mitjana or Cala Turgeta, to the north, Playa de Cavalleria and Cala Pilar are great choices. A UNESCO natural biosphere, you'll find plenty of places to explore and find some peace and quiet on its nature trails. Watersports are huge here, so hire kayaks or paddle boards to take to the sea - you’ll want to cool down in that heat.

  • Average temperature: 25C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 11
  • Places to visit: Mahon, its natural harbour is one of the largest in the world.
  • Things to do: The Cami de Cavalls (Path of Horses) - this is 185 miles of coastal path to explore
  • What to eat and drink:Caldereta de langosta is a really rich seafood dish for a treat. And the mayonnaise (mahonesa) - legend has it, it was invented here. Drink the Pomeda - their version of Pimms.

6. Greek Islands

Like the Mamma Mia film says in its title, we’ll think you’ll be saying “here we go again” when it comes to your summer holidays in Greece. While Skopelos grabs the headlines - we love a bit of Crete, Corfu and Santorini. Crete’s the largest of the Greek Islands, and is one of the best family-friendly destinations in the world.The warm waters, off some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean, mean it’ll be a summer of swimming. Corfu is one of the greenest islands, making it a pretty backdrop to the sun-drenched beaches. In the north you’ll find a cliff landscape packed with caves and coves. The north east is peaceful, with classic sleepy places like Agni and Agios Stefanos. If you’re wanting to party on your summer trip then of course there’s the southern party town of Kavos. Don't forget to check out holidays in Santorini - you'll find the white-washed houses and wonderful beaches here.

  • Average temperature: 29C
  • Average sunshine houts: 12
  • Places to visit: Corfu’s Old Town is well worth a stroll around - it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Things to do: Waterparks - cool off from the heat in Crete - they’ve got ten to choose from.
  • What to eat and drink: Oh the food. Gyros and saganaki will make your mouth water. Quench that thirst with some ouzo or Metaxa.

7. Ibiza

The second largest of the Balearic Islands started off as a sleepy place to visit before the clubbers arrived and it became a party paradise. Ibiza has now found a lovely balance for those looking to dance til dawn and families looking for a chilled out summer break. The big superclubs in Ibiza Old Town and San Antonio like Amnesia and Pacha are huge draws for the younger crowd. Or look for packages to Playa d’En Bossa for some great beaches and bars. For families, try the waterpark Aguamar or hire some bikes from San Antonio if you want a break from the beach. If you want to get away from it all, take a day trip by Ferry from Ibiza Town to tiny Formentera. You can stroll around the rugged coastline and take some time out.

  • Average temperature: 26C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 13
  • Places to visit: Ibiza Old Town - such a pretty place to stroll round and make plans
  • Things to do: The sunsets are ace here - enjoy a sundowner (drink) at Cafe del Mar or Mambo for example and get your camera ready.
  • What to eat and drink: Got to be tapas - Ibiza is great for grazing and checking out the bars and restaurants

8. Dominican Republic

Stunning beaches and wonderful hotels make the second largest of the Caribbean islands a super long-haul holiday option for the summer. Stay near Santo Domingo, this can lay claim to being one of the prettiest cities in the Caribbean. It’s certainly one of the oldest, and you can discover more in the Zona Colonial (the historic city centre). There’s loads of cool beaches here, you’ve got the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the island and the Caribbean Sea in the south. Do try and tear yourself away from the beach and explore the jungle interior. The lush countryside has some fantastic national parks - like the Los Haitises Natural Park. This is a great place to take a boat trip (keep an eye out for dolphins). They also love to party in the Dom Rep so head to Punta Cana to check out the clubs.

  • Average temperature: 28C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 10
  • Places to visit: Get great views of the island from the Altos de Chavon in La Romana - it’s a recreation of a typical Mediterranean village.
  • Things to do: Hike to the Los 27 charcos (27 waterfalls) and then do a tour scrambling through the pools via ladders and shutes.
  • What to eat and drink: Arroz con habichuelas y carne (rice, beans and meat) is the countries tasty main dish. Try a rum-based cocktail like Cuba Libra while you’re there.

9. Tunisia

If you’re looking for an affordable summer holiday then you can find luxury for less in Tunisia. There’s super five star hotels and resorts built for tourists which won’t break the bank. Relax on the beaches and swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea, but you should also consider a trip out to the Sahara Desert. Sidi Bou Said is a good place to stay, Just 30 minutes from Tunis and you’re in a lovely blue and white town with cobbled streets and pretty buildings. If you’ve been to Greece, you’ll feel at home here. Also nearby is the Roman remains at Carthage if you want to do some sightseeing. Port El Kantaoui is another good option. This purpose-built tourist complex is close to Sousse and along with the beaches, the harbour is a great hangout.

  • Average temperature: 27C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 11
  • Places to visit: Take a trip to historic Tunis and the Old Medina - it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Things to do: Jump on the 19th Century Lezard Rouge (Red Lizard Train) and head out to the Saharan Atlas mountains to explore more of the country.
  • What to eat and drink: You’ll find a mixture of French, Italian and African food here - and the bread here (Khobz Tabouna or Mella) is divine.

10. Malta

If you want a summer holiday that will feel like a home from home, but with a lot of sunshine, then go to Malta. A former British colony (until 1964) means English is an official language and they also drive on the left - very helpful if you want to do a road-trip round the island. Go swimming or snorkelling - the Blue Lagoon near Comino is a must for this and Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa are popular beaches. Hiking and mountain biking are great activities to be found near Gozo particularly - which has nature trails and super views to enjoy as you stroll or cycle. If you want a big night out then look no further than Paceville for a party. There’s a whole strip of bars and clubs to visit. For food and drink with a view, visit Cafe del Mar.

  • Average temperature: 27C
  • Average hours of sunshine: 12
  • Places to visit: Visit their version of Stonehenge - the Megalithic Temples of Malta
  • Things to do: Diving is huge here, as there’s lots of wrecks and fish to see, so book yourself in at a dive school.
  • What to eat and drink: Stuffat tal-fenek (rabbit stew) is the national dish but the seafood is also exceptional here.