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:
We’re hoping this blend of sand, sea and sunshine will get you eagerly looking forward to 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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.