Christmas is over. We’re all back to work, and it always seems to be dark. So what better time to plan your summer holidays. Travel companies are falling all over us to offer great deals. So, why not make 2019 the year that you go on the adventure that you deserve. We take a look at the best places to visit in 2019, from beautiful sandy beaches to shopping capitals.
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A sun-seeker’s paradise
For more than four decades, visitors from all over the world have flocked to the Algarve, Portugal in search of sun, fun and adventure. Golf courses, marinas, lush sandy beaches and coves are all dotted around the shore, while historic towns offer you chances to immerse yourself in local culture.
In the swing of things
Towards the coast, water sports are a big deal, particularly around Lagos, where kite surfing and water-skiing are popular with everyone. In Vilamoura, you’ll find some tours offering lessons in sailing and surfing, so you might have conquered the waves of the Algarve by tea time.
The biggest city in the Algarve is Faro, which has a charming Old Town district. The city’s cathedral and museums are among its highlights, while it’s a good place to shop. History buffs will also like to visit all kinds of exhibits around this visually pleasing Portuguese part.
Most popular resorts in the Algarve
Majorca has a whole host of wonders ready to entice you. There’s electric nightlife and a culture-rich capital, lush countryside and towering mountains, as well as friendly resorts and peaceful coves. Everything’s encircled by gorgeous beaches, too. On top of that, you’ll have a huge range of activities to choose from, including theme parks, waterparks and stunning cycling routes.
Majorca is most famous for its beaches. You’ll have over 100 to choose from, spanning lovely little coves in Cala d’Or to long sandy stretches in Alcudia. Handily, we’ve picked out many beaches on the island so you can find the best ones for you and even discover how near they are to our resorts.
There are so many things to do and see in Majorca. Explore historic towns, enjoy fun in the sun with family activities or marvel at some amazing natural wonders. Whether you’re into culture, sport or simply relaxing, you’re bound to find lots that’ll take your fancy.
Majorca is bursting with activities to keep everyone entertained. Families will love the variety of theme parks to choose from, while grown-ups can enjoy everything from fun-packed dinner shows to all sorts of sports.
Eating and drinking
You’ll find a flavour to match your tastes in Majorca. Its tapas bars serve up Spanish favourites and Majorcan delicacies, but you’ll also easily find more familiar comfort food such as Sunday roasts or pies. You can try some authentic drinks here too – look out for the crisp wines of regional vineyards as well as locally made herb-infused liquors.
The shops in Majorca span the full range from souvenir-heavy stalls and handy supermarkets to designer boutiques and modern shopping centres. If you’re in town at the right time, it’s also well worth checking out the authentic markets that are scattered across the island.
This Balearic island is a brilliant place for nights out. You’ve got the lively clubs of the south stretching from Magalluf to Playa de Palma. Fancy a stylish evening? There’s always a chance for cocktails around cosmopolitan marinas, while you’ll also find authentic bars dotted around the countryside.
Majorca Holiday Resorts
- Santa Ponsa
- Palma Nova
- Puerto Pollensa
- Cala Bona
- Cala D’Or
- Sa Coma
- Cala Millor
- Portals Nous
- C’an Pastilla
- Puerto Soller
- Porto Cristo
- C’an Picafort
- Camp De Mar
Staring across at the glamorous Italian coast, Croatia is a hit with nature-seekers, sun-worshippers and city-breakers – its list of top picks are staggering. UNESCO World Heritage Sites dominate the skyline, while beaches entice you to the shore. Festivals and buzzing nightlife bring out the best of the evenings, too.
Get the flavour
Croatia is a rising star on the holiday scene. It delivers knockout beaches with a generous side order of history and culture, making it a solid favourite for ticking those bucket list boxes. Away from the coast, its pine-clad mountains are perfect for hiking and drinking in unbeatable panoramic views.
The country has over 1,700km of spectacular coastline across its sun-blessed islands. When it comes to beaches, you can take your pick between sweeps of golden sand, pretty pebbled coves and bar-backed city beaches built for sunbathing. Keep your camera to hand, too – it’s a real winner for photo album entries.
Resorts for all sorts
Pula is packed with resorts all ready for fun in the sun. Further south you’ll find Split, a cosmopolitan harbour city surrounded by ancient Roman ruins and pristine beaches. And at Croatia’s southernmost tip lies the medieval city of Dubrovnik, dubbed the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron.
Destinations in Croatia
Cyprus serves up the perfect combination of fun, sun and culture. It has a record-breaking number of Blue Flag-awarded beaches, oodles of ancient ruins and a party town to rival Ibiza in Ayia Napa. It’s also said to be the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
Cyprus has more Blue Flag status beaches per stretch of shore than anywhere else in the world. West Coast Cyprus is home to some of the most stunning swathes of sand in the Med, while East Coast Cyprus offers both family-friendly bays and pumping beach parties.
History buffs will be in heaven. The island is peppered with ancient ruins, from the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos to the remains of the ancient cities of Amathus and Kition. And then there’s the island’s capital, Nicosia, with its cobbled old town and 16th-century city walls.
Party-lovers flock to Ayia Napa every year for its legendary foam parties and international DJ sets. But besides the mega clubs you’ll also find plenty of family-friendly bars with karaoke, live music and shows. Limassol also has an incredible selection of bars and clubs – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Popular Cyprus Holiday Resorts
Lanzarote offers up dozens of beaches and otherworldly volcanic scenery, not to mention international cuisine in all of the resorts. Seafood’s the real draw, so be prepared to dine like royalty before hitting local clubs, pubs and bars. It’s all go around here.
Lanzarote is flush with beaches, from the clear waters of the seaside spots in the north, to the serene bronze stretches on the southern tip of the island. Resort towns all boast their own beaches. If you’re after the best waves on the island, head to the north-west.
Take a tour of the world-famous volcanoes at Timanfaya National Park. A bus through the Mars-like terrain takes you along the craters’ edges. Look across the island of La Graciosa from the vast lookout point, or drive up the verdant valleys to get a feel for rural life in Lanzarote.
See the work of the island’s most famous artist, César Manrique, and other various museums and galleries of pure inspiration scattered all around. For something a little livelier, head to Costa Teguise – there’s a waterpark on the outskirts of town, plus windsurfing, snorkelling and diving at the beach.
Eating and drinking
Try out Canarian cuisine at authentic local restaurants, both in rural towns and resort hotspots. Seafood is often on the menu, as well as staples like papas arrugadas with mojo sauce. Otherwise you’ve got a choice of international cuisine, plus home favourites served in Brit bars around the island.
Make your way to the capital, Arrecife, for full-throttle high-street shopping. There are pedestrian-only streets fully lined with boutiques, tech stores and duty-free shops. You can fill your suitcases with household brands like Zara, Bershka and Timberland too, so make sure you set aside some time at the mall.
Whether you’re after a quiet drink or clubbing till dawn, Lanzarote has got you covered. Puerto del Carmen is the nightlife centre, with a main strip boasting family-friendly bars plus bass-filled clubs. But across the smaller resorts, you can keep things simple with a couple of cold ones in the pubs.
Lanzarote Holiday Resorts
- Playa Blanca
- Costa Teguise
- Puerto Del Carmen
- Puerto Calero
- Playa De Los Pocillos
- Playa del Cable
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