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:
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.