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Top 10 Holiday Destinations

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 Best Holiday Destinations this year:

        1. Egypt
        2. Algarve
        3. Fuerteventura
        4. Jersey
        5. Turkey
        6. Greek Islands
        7. Ibiza
        8. Italy
        9. Majorca 
      10. Montenegro

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 best 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). 

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1. Egypt

Egypt is world renowned for its diverse natural beauty, whether in-land, or along its golden sandy shores. Hurghada is a beach resort town on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, which is known for its scuba diving and vibrant atmosphere of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you feel like escaping the beaches at peak sunshine hours, you’ll find shade and tradition in the old part of town, El Dahar, which is home to the old Egyptian coffee shops and the colourful North African markets, called “souks”. Sharm el-Sheikh is another resort town that lies between the Sinai Peninsula desert and the Red Sea. It’s known to be an incredible scuba diving location due to its stunning coral reefs and extensive marine biodiversity, all of which can be seen feeding around the Thistlegorm wreck, a 1940s British ship. The town also has an enjoyable promenade lined with palm trees and filled with bars and restaurants.

  • Average temperature: 38°
  • Average hours of sunshine:12
  • Places to visit: Na'ama Bay, St Catherine’s Monastery, The Coloured Canyon, Giftun Island, El-Dahar Square
  • Things to do: Diving, Snorkelling, Desert Safari Tours
  • What to eat and drink: Egyptian buffets and mezze, grilled Lamb, fresh Seafood

2. Algarve

The Algarve is a rural area that was once only lined with little fishing villages and little known to the outsider. This coastal region in southern Portugal is now a popular alternative for those wishing to avoid the more overcrowded beach equivalents in Spain. The rocky cliff shores and sandy coves, define the Algarve’s beautiful scenery. It’s large and quiet villa neighbourhoods make it perfect for younger families, whilst night owlers can easily find the party-joints along Albufeira’s strip of bars and clubs in the centre.

  • Average temperature: 24°
  • Average hours of sunshine: 12
  • Places to visit: Faro, Lagos, Albufeira, Portimao
  • Things to do: Dolphin watching, Kayaking to the Caves of Lagos
  • What to eat and drink: “Conquilhas à Algarvia,“ better known as succulent Clams, “Feijoada”, or ‘bean stew’, Wine and Port

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 holiday destination. 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: 25°
  • 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. Jersey

Jersey is the largest Channel Island out of the archipelago between England and France. It’s known for its sandy beaches, dramatic cliffside walking trails, romantic valleys, castles and medieval ruins. Jersey has a rich and vibrant history, most of it ancient, but some of it 20th century, including remnants and memorials of the 5-year German occupation during WWII. The island has an important food culture and is famed for its seafood dishes, from grilled lobster and crab specialities, to oysters and mussels.

  • Average temperature: 20°
  • Average hours of sunshine: 14
  • Places to visit: Saint Helier, Saint Aubin, Gorey
  • Things to do: Jersey Wall Tunnels, beaches, Elisabeth Castle, Mont Orgueil Castle
  • What to eat and drink: Seafood, wine at La Mare Wine Estate

5. Turkey

Turkey is bursting with gorgeous coasts, ancient cities, spices, colours and foods. The resort city Antalya is a popular seaside destination due to its sandy beaches and ocean-view hotels. Every corner of Turkey echoes a different period of history: in its southern regions you’ll find traces of the Roman Empire, including sites like Hadrian’s Gate, and the 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower. Turkey’s southern region also boasts a cornucopia of flavours for the food-keen tourist, from mezze to scrumptious seafood dishes and savory crepes.

  • Average temperature: 29°
  • Average hours of sunshine: 8.8
  • Places to visit: Antalya, Dalaman, Bodrum
  • Things to do: Konyaalti beach, Hadrian’s Gate, Düden waterfalls, Lissai, Kalynda, Bodrum Castle, Bodum Museum of Underwater Archeology
  • What to eat and drink: mezze, seafood, Turkish “gözleme” crepes, and apple tea

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: 29°
  • 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: 26°
  • 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. Italy

It can’t get more magnificent than Italy’s food, culture, and natural beauty. Each region in Italy is unique and boasts its own food, culture and dialects. The architectural landscape and history throughout the country is unparalleled, from the beautiful Arabic architecture in parts of southern Italy, following the Moor invasion, to the ancient Roman ruins and underground cities in the capital. See some of Europe’s most stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters in Sardinia and Puglia, and eat some of the world’s best food in Sicily, from seafood pasta dishes to mouth watering buffalo mozzarella pizza.

  • Average temperature: 27°
  • Average hours of sunshine: 8.2
  • Places to visit: Taranto, Siracusa, Palermo, Catania
  • Things to do: Stroll around the beaches, admire the stunning architecture and fill up on the divine food
  • What to eat and drink: Spaghetti alle vongole, cannoli, arancini, gelato, sgagliozze, vermout, limoncello, negroni

9. Majorca

If you ask anyone what the most famous 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: 25°
  • 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

10. Montenegro

From its mountains and beaches, to medieval villages, Montenegro’s Adriatic coast makes for a stunning holiday destination, packed with things to see and do. The ancient town of Kotor has a gorgeous bay, and the more active types can enjoy an afternoon sightseeing the various coastal churches and fortified towns. But Montenegro is equally famous for its splendid sandy beaches and restaurants: from beef dishes to fresh seafood platters, you’ll feel totally spoilt by the end.

  • Average temperature: 17°
  • Average hours of sunshine: 12
  • Places to visit: Kotor, Lake Skadar, Budva riviera, Perast, Podgorica, Sveti Stefan
  • Things to do: Ostrog Monastery, hiking Lovćen mountain and Crno Jezero lake and canyon
  • What to eat and drink: fish soup, seafood risotto, lemon, parsley and garlic fish dishes, squid-ink-coloured black risotto, polenta, Vranac red wine, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc

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