Summer’s within touching distance and after all your long, tiring shifts, you’re probably more than ready for a holiday.
If you’ve got a cheeky week or two’s worth of holidays just sat there waiting to be used, now’s the time to book yourself a fabulous summer holiday.
Not sure where to go? To give you some inspiration, we’ve picked our favourite destinations for every type of holiday, so all you have to do is relax and pick out a new swimsuit.
Favourite holiday for… Beaches
The lure of the Arabian Gulf’s crystal clear waters and white sand beaches attracts holiday-makers in their thousands every year. Head to Sunset Beach to soak up the sun and see the iconic Burj Al Arab. Hit the trendy JBR Beach which runs along The Walk promenade and stop at one of its many delicious eateries for some lunch. If you’re looking for a party, head to one of the many glamourous Beach Clubs.
If you get start to get a bit tired of beach life, then the luxury shopping, fountain shows, ultramodern architecture, and buzzing nightlife are sure to keep you occupied.
Favourite holiday for… Adventure
For adventure and something a bit different this summer, choose Bali. Dubbed the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali’s popularity as a holiday destination has soared in recent years. If you’re in search of paradise – tropical weather, rich culture, long white sand beaches, volcanos, mountains, temples and much more – Bali is the answer.
Favourite holiday for… Romance
Whisk your partner off their feet with a summer holiday to the Greek island of Santorini – the perfect place for romance. Rising high above the Agean Sea, Santorini is probably most famous for its blue rooftops and white-washed walls that create a picturesque setting for love. Enjoy a candlelit dinner overlooking a volcano; visit the hot springs and take a mud bath; go to an open-air cinema; or cosy up to watch the incredible Santorini sunset.
Favourite holiday for… Sightseeing
Barcelona is a magical city with something exciting and beautiful on every corner. Take a stroll down Las Ramblas to check out the street performers and take in the vibrant atmosphere. Marvel at some of Antonio Gaudi’s most famous work: the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and La Pedrera. Hop on a cable car for panoramic views of the city, before finishing your evening off at the enchanting Magic Fountains of Montjuic.
Favourite holiday for… History
Sitting 50 miles south of Sicily, this stunning Mediterranean island is will blow you away. Malta is a small island steeped in history and tradition. The Maltese are English-speaking and extremely welcoming (not to mention, amazing cooks!)
Admire the stunning architecture in the walled capital, Valetta, and ‘The Silent City’ of Medieval Mdina. Explore some of the 365 Roman Catholic Churches, making sure you visit St. John’s Co Cathedral which was built in the 16th century by the knights of Malta. Jump on a traditional island boat across to the breath-taking island of Gozo, where Game of Thrones has been filmed, to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.
Favourite holiday for… Nightlife
For decades, Ibiza has held the ultimate party island crown and 2017 is no different. The ‘White Isle’ hosts some of the biggest clubs and best DJs in the world, beautiful beaches, sun and plenty of fun.
If you like the sound of chilling out with a cocktail through the day at Bora Bora beach, followed by a crazy night out at the likes of Amnesia, Es Paradis, Space and DC10, then Ibiza is the place to be this summer.
Favourite holiday for… Family fun
Costa Del Sol
For a perfect, fun family holiday, Costa Del Sol is the destination for you. Sun, sea and plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied while you enjoy some well-earned chill time.
Have a splash at one of the water parks in Torremolinos or Mijas. Take a trip to Benalmedena to visit the aquarium or see the beautiful Butterfly Park. Take the kids to one of the seven beaches in Fuengirola and teach them how to snorkel.
Favourite holiday for… Bit of everything
If you’re looking for a place that has a bit of everything, then Majorca has got to be up there. The largest of the Balearic Islands is packed with exciting activities, sightseeing, nightlife, golden beaches and much more.
Explore the beautiful capital, Palma, to enjoy plenty of shopping, tapas, cafes, or explore the Gothic Cathedral. Take in some local tradition and visit a winery in the centre of the island.
Later, head out to one of the many cool bars or clubs in Palma, Santa Catalina district, or head to the infamous Magaluf strip for a night you won’t forget.
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