Where to go on Holiday with Friends

Some of the best holidays you can have are those spent with your mates. It’s the perfect time for everyone to escape the busy nine to five and catch up in the sunshine. So as we recently marked International Friendship Day, here’s our list of the best holiday destinations to go to with friends.

For friends on a budget: Majorca

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Holiday of a lifetime without the big budget? Visit stunning Spain for sun, sea and sand. Majorca is one of the country's most popular hotspots for its great nightlife, low-cost accommodation and beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Spend your days by the pool or on the sandy shores where you and your friends can experience the thrills of paragliding, jet skiing and paddle boarding.

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For friends who love to explore: Turkey

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With hot weather, azure seas and great things to do, Turkey (aka Turkiye) is an incredible country to explore with friends. Discover the ancient site of Ephesus, wander around the enchanting ‘fairy-chimneys’ of Cappadocia or just relax on one of many picture-perfect beaches. With delicious local food and drink too, there’s plenty to experience in Turkey.

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For friends who love to relax: Crete

View of Agios Nikolaos harbour in Crete, with blue water and colourful buildings of all shapes and sizes. Glimpse of the sea and shadowy hills in the background.

Unwind surrounded by Crete’s stunning scenery as you relax on some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece. Explore the traditional mountain villages. Sample delicious, locally produced cuisine. Walk through the beautiful countryside. And discover Crete’s interesting culture.

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For active friends: Portugal

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With its alluring views, pretty beaches and mouthwatering food and drink, Portugal puts adventure high on its priority list. Visit the Algarve for views of its dramatic, rocky coast; walk or cycle through Madeira’s lush countryside or throw yourself into city life in Insta-friendly Lisbon. There are loads of things to do, so you can be as active or relaxed as you like.

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For friends who want to party: Ibiza

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For the friends who love to dance the night away, one of the best places in the world is the gorgeous island of Ibiza. Enjoy music from world-class DJs in famous clubs such as Pacha, Amnesia and Ushuaia. Not just about incredible nightlife, Ibiza also has exceptional diving, water sports and traditional villages like San Agustin to explore.

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For friends who want it all: Cook’s Club

DJ at the decks in the poolside DJ booth at Cook's Club El Gouna hotel in Egypt. View of sunloungers, beanbags and thatched parasols by the pool.

DJs performing your summer soundtrack, a pool area perfect for socialising, amazing cocktails and delicious, world-inspired street food… if that sounds like your gang’s idea of heaven, get yourselves to a Cook’s Club hotel! With an atmosphere that builds from day to night, the adventure’s all yours, from snorkelling over Red Sea corals to stargazing after a beach party by the Med.

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Whether you and the crew are planning a fun sunshine break, a total chill-out or some of the best sightseeing around, we’d love to see your pics! Tag @thomascook on Instagram and @thomascooktourism on Facebook.

Written by Carris Boast, 2016. Revised and republished by Lucy Roberts, 2022

Lucy Roberts

About the author

Lucy Roberts blogs about all things holiday, with tons of Thomas Cook knowledge. And as a mum of two, she's always looking for ways to help you have family holidays that are memorable for all the right reasons!