When looking for next year’s holiday, I know it can be hard to decide where to go, especially if you feel you’re lacking a bit of inspiration. Luckily, there are lots of new destinations to choose from, which range from sunny family favourites to the far flung and exotic. There’s something for everyone in this new line-up for 2018, and whether it’s sand and sea or culture and history you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice with what next summer has to offer.
Costa Brava, Spain
Costa Brava’s weather has always been a favourite with British holidaymakers, and if you’re a fan of some Spanish sun, this may be the perfect place for you. Making its comeback next summer, Costa Brava’s beaches are some of the best in the world. With miles of golden sand and Blue Flag beaches, this spot on the coast is perfect for paddling with the kids or snoozing on a sunbed.
Although we all love a relaxing holiday, it’s nice to explore some culture too, and just a short drive to Barcelona will see you enjoying an afternoon soaking up the sights of the Catalan city. I’ll tell you from personal experience that the colourful fountain show is not to be missed, and after some traditional tapas and a glass of wine,
it’s the perfect way to round off an evening.
Madeira is definitely one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets. I love that it has a bit of everything. From rocky landscapes and unusual beaches to botanical beauty, there’s something stunning around every corner. The Madeira weather is best between May and September, but the incredible black sand beaches are amazing to visit any time of the year.
To explore the best of Madeira’s sights, head to Funchal for a boat trip or cable car journey. Although maybe not for the faint-hearted, you’ll come away with some great snaps and an experience to remember. There are lots of things to do in Madeira, and for nature lovers it’s a paradise of waterfalls, towering cliffs and lush, green forests. Personally, I’m more of a foodie, and Madeira’s farmers’ markets are the ideal spot to pick up a few local delicacies and haggle with the locals.
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
If the Med is your usual holiday territory, and you fancy something a little more tropical, head to the Cuban resort of Cayo Santa Maria. You’ll love the sparkling turquoise seas and soft, white sand. The clear waters make it a prime spot for snorkelling, and I love that the Caribbean culture means there’s always a party going on somewhere. The weather in Cayo Santa Maria is best between June and September, which can make it the perfect family getaway, and just as good for couples, if you prefer to go out of term time.
You can’t visit Cuba without delving into a bit of its mainland history, and fret not; you can get from A to B in no time at all thanks to the road that runs between the island and mainland. Spend an afternoon exploring cathedrals and culture in Santa Clara, before nipping into a bar for a refreshing Cuba Libre cocktail or two.
Olympus Riviera, Greece
If you’re yearning for some Greek charm, the Olympus Riviera is the place for you to be next summer. With views of Mount Olympus, acres of forests and beautiful beaches, you can’t go wrong spending a week or two here. Olympus Riviera has some amazing restaurants on offer thanks to fresh seafood and locally-grown veg. And who doesn’t love to spend an hour or two in a traditional taverna?
There are lots of things to do in the Olympus Riviera, such as hiking, water sports and day trips. Travel to nearby Thessaloniki for some Greek culture and to explore Roman ruins, historic sites and modern architecture. Somehow, the city manages to find the perfect balance between old and new. And with dozens of festivals throughout the year, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the people and atmosphere of this amazing destination.
Golden Sands, Bulgaria
Bulgaria is growing in popularity every year, and it’s not hard to see why. Golden Sands is one of the emerging favourite resorts, with postcard perfect coastlines, stunning weather and bags of culture. I have to admit, I’m a real sun-seeker, and Bulgaria’s ten hours of sunshine a day sounds like something I could get used to.
Bulgaria’s nightlife extends far beyond Sunny Beach, and if you feel like trading noisy clubs for sunset bars, Golden Sands has everything you could possibly want. Don’t underestimate Bulgaria’s culture either, as the Aladzha Monastery offers rich history and fantastic scenery from the hilltop it sits on. For families, the endless stretch of coastline means hours of fun splashing about in the shallow waters, or if you’re more adventurous, the waterparks are ideal if you want to cool off with the little ones.
Have you been to any of these places before? What do you think sets them apart as a summer getaway? Let me know in the comments below.