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From beach fun to discovering the rich local culture, Larnaca holidays have it all. Situated on the south-eastern edge of Cyprus, the coastline around the city boasts some of the country’s best beaches and diving sites, perfect if you’re a bit of a water baby! There are plenty of family-friendly attractions to keep little ones happy, too.
And there are lots of archaeological sites to explore if you love a bit of history. When it comes to food, you’ll find a cosmopolitan choice of restaurants, cafés and bars catering to every taste, from sampling the delicious local wines and Cypriot cuisine, to enjoying fish and chips or pizza.
Things to do
From exploring the antique shops of the old town to hitting the water on a banana boat, there’s something for everyone on your Larnaca holiday. The soft golden sands and shallow waters of Nissi Beach are a short bus ride away, putting you within easy reach of one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean.
The thrilling complex of slides and pools at Water World, Cyprus’ largest water park, are at nearby Ayia Napa, and are a must-visit for families.
Fancy something more laid back? Simply stay and enjoy a leisurely lunch along Larnaca’s bustling palm-lined seafront promenade. In the evening enjoy your meal like a local at a quiet taverna, or head to the bright lights of nearby party-capital Ayia Napa to dance the night away.
History and culture
Being the oldest city in Cyprus, it’s no surprise that Larnaca has so much history to explore. The historical centre offers visitors a whole host of museums and ancient sites to visit, such as the famous Saint Lazarus Church and Larnaca Fort. And what’s more, the size of the city means that you can easily make your way around the most popular hotspots by foot.
Night life and dining
Larnaca’s modern city was built on top of the ruins of the ancient city of Kition. In its place, you will now find a huge selection of bars, restaurants and cafés where you can indulge in all the local food and drink. You’ll find plenty of places along the seafront promenade where you can take a seat and watch the world go buy whilst enjoying a drink or two. Or, if you prefer things a little more fast paced, there is a good selection of clubs and discos too.
Choice of beaches
Larnaca has a wealth of sandy beaches stretching along its coastline. Two of the most famous beaches in the Larnaca area are McKenzie Beach and also Phinikoudes Beach, boasting blue flag status. Phinikoudes is situated just north of the city and is lined with countless palm trees. It’s the main tourist area of Larnaca and is surrounded by a huge choice of shops, bars and restaurants. Venture further afield and you’ll find no less than 14 blue flag beaches in the Ayia Napa area.
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Ayia Napa holidays have a reputation as being a non-stop fun in the sun. Here you can dance 24 hours a day at a wide choice of bars and nightclubs, soak up the sun on one of the many Blue Flag beaches, hit the waterpark, or enjoy water sports from banana boat rides to scuba diving. Popular with a young crowd looking to make the most of their week or two in the sunshine, there’s a buzzing atmosphere that has earned the town the title of Cyprus’ party capital.
Things to do
The nightlife here may be legendary, but there is lots to keep you busy during the daytime too. Let your toes sink into the soft golden sand on one of the town’s numerous beaches, or hire a sun lounger to sleep off the excesses of the night before. The water is crystal clear and very inviting so if you’re feeling adventurous, choose from the range of water sports on offer, like jet skiing or water skiing.
If you’re dreaming of a yachting lifestyle, sign up for a sailing trip to discover hidden coves. Got the kids with you? Head to the nearby Water World waterpark where you’ll find slides and a lazy river for more family fun.
Explore the stunning coastline
Ayia Napa’s coastline is a stunning mix of rocky headlands and beautiful beaches. If you fancy a little break from the hustle and bustle of Ayia Napa, a visit to the sea caves at Cape Greco is a must. You can hop aboard a boat and enter the caves from the sea or go via car or bus. No matter how you get there, make sure you stick around to watch the incredible sunset.
A family day out
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful dip in the pool or want to have fun racing down water slides, there’s plenty of fun for everyone at Water World Water Park.
Then there are the beautiful stretches of golden sands where the kids can build sandcastles and you can relax and unwind. Take to the water for a fun catamaran trip or explore life below the sea and climb into an underwater scooter. No matter what sort of things you love to do, you’ll have a great day out in Ayia Napa.
When the sun goes down in Ayia Napa the party really begins. Every night the numerous bars and clubs play a great mix of music and plays host to many top DJs. Twice a week the popular Senior Frog’s bar swaps its normal location for the beach, for a party that will go on until the early hours.
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Mix up sun-drenched beaches with a cosmopolitan town bursting with restaurants, bars, and historic attractions to explore and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fun-filled Limassol holidays. Located on the south coast of Cyprus, it’s ideal if you want to do a bit of sightseeing alongside your classic beach holiday. It’s also a family-friendly place with lots on offer to keep the kids entertained.
Things to do
Limassol is a great destination for shopping. Head to Agiou Andreou Street and you’ll find loads of local crafts on sale, as well as My Mall (the biggest in Cyprus), where you’ll find hundreds of shops under one roof including big-name brands like Adidas and Calvin Klein alongside highstreet favourites such as M&S.
After a bit of retail therapy, make sure you delve deeper into the history of Limassol by wandering the maze of cobbled streets that run behind the Old Town. Start by admiring the Byzantine architecture around Agiou Andreou and make your way towards the Medieval castle, which sits near the Old Harbour.
If everyone’s getting a bit hot and bothered, cool them down and take the kids to Fasouri Watermania Waterpark, with a range of slides and wave pools for a day of fun. Hit the beach and try one of the many water sports on offer. If you’re a more experienced diver, the MS Zenobia wreck, which is home to a rich and varied marine life, is close by.
There are plenty of restaurants in Limassol alongside cafés and bars, which is where most people head once the sun goes down. If you’re looking for a light bite, you’ll find a dozen places selling Cyprus’ answer to the doner kebab - gyros. Those craving something more substantial should hit Meze Taverna, whose chefs have 30 years’ experience. Do not leave here without trying the beef stifado, it’s delicious.
Added to all that, there’s a reason that holidaymakers flock to Limassol year after year - it’s cheap! You can grab a pint of beer for around 3 euro, while a three-course set menu will cost as little as 20 euro, not to mention many of its top-rated attractions are free to enter.
A wide range of beaches cover the sun-drenched coast, so finding the right one for you is easy enough to do. You’ll be able to relax on soft, golden sand in Governor’s Beach, or for water sports, the Akti Olympion Blue Flag beach is perfect. Its clear, calm waters are great for activities such as learning to windsurfing or diving. But no matter which one you choose, all of the beautiful shores that line Limassol offer a relaxing setting with excellent views of the glistening, turquoise sea.
As well as the beautiful beaches, Limassol is popular for its fantastic shopping opportunities. Only a short distance from the city centre is My Mall, the largest shopping mall in Cyprus. Browse in hundreds of boutiques, both designer and high street brands. If shopping isn’t for you, there’s lots of other entertainment to get involved with, including bowling and ice skating, plus plenty of restaurants to grab a bite to eat in.
History and culture
Limassol is an important city for Cyprus, as it’s the country’s main industrial port along the large Mediterranean trade route. This is what first made it such a popular holiday destination, well, that and the beautiful climate. There are lots of archaeological sites to see around the city including the ruined city of Kourion. Sticking to traditions of Cypriot life, the city hosts religious festivals throughout the year too.
The variety of bars and clubs that line the streets in the bustling city of Limassol will not disappoint. Head down to Limassol marina where you’ll find well-known places to enjoy a bite to eat at the start of your evening, such as Wagamama and TGI Fridays. There’s also a choice of traditional wine bars and restaurants here such as The Yacht Club, Crystal and Derlicious.
Dance under the stars along the beach in Guaba Beach Bar, where partygoers can dance all day and night to the latest summer music that’s playing from the sound system. For something fruity, make your way to one of the many cocktail bars to watch the bar staff flaunt their skills and enjoy a Mojito or two. Be entertained at a cabaret show, or take to the mic for karaoke; the nightlife is notoriously vibrant with something to suit all tastes. With the large amount of places open until the early hours, your hardest decision will be where to go first.
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The family-friendly, fun-packed Nissi Bay has the best white sand beach in the area leading down into a beautifully clear turquoise sea. Unsurprisingly, this makes it very popular with beach lovers and families, but this resort on the edge of Ayia Napa on the south coast of Cyprus still has a laid-back, relaxed vibe, rather than the usual crowded chaos!
The party town of Ayia Napa is within walking distance, perfect if you want to dip into and out of its vibrant nightlife on your Nissi Bay holiday. There are also plenty of activities for the kids nearby, from go-karting and mini-golf to the multitude of slides and pools at Water World, Cyprus’ biggest waterpark.
Things to do
The soft white sand of Nissi beach is the perfect place to play games or hire a sun lounger to relax. The vibrant blue sea beyond will tempt you in for a refreshing dip or to try out one of the many water sports on offer, from jet skiing to banana boat rides. This is also a great place to explore under the water, scuba diving on the famous MS Zenobia wreck.
Away from the water’s edge there’s also lots to keep everyone entertained on holidays in Nissi Bay. From sampling delicious local or international cuisine in the cafés and restaurants of Nissi Avenue or in neighbouring Ayia Napa, to the exhilarating thrills of the waterpark, there’s plenty to see and do on a holiday to Nissi.
Diving and snorkelling
The beaches of Nissi bay are some of the best in the Mediterranean and like all good beaches, there are a number of great spots for diving and snorkelling along the coastline. One in particular, the Zenobia Shipwreck in Larnaca is a popular diving spot and has been ever since the large cruise vessel first sank in 1980. As it rests in shallow waters it’s easily accessible to divers and is rated as one of the best shipwrecks to explore in the world.
Fantastic boat trips
The long beaches of Nissi Bay have a number of excursions to suit all groups of people whether you’re into diving, water sports, fishing, or even just relaxing on a catamaran cruise. Perhaps the most exciting boat trip you can take is to hop on board the yellow submarine in Ayia Napa for an underwater adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. The day begins with a dive down to the ocean floor and finishes with a visit to the crystal blue waters of a stunning sea cave. The glass bottom of the submarine offers the opportunity for some amazing views of the marine life.
Festivals and nightlife
Nissi Bay is near to the legendary nightlife of Ayia Napa town but the resort itself features a great combination of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops along its main street. Why not join in the celebrations at the Ayia Napa Festival in September and Children’s Festival in June? While July plays host to both the Paralimni and Larnaca Summer Festivals.
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Protaras is a purpose-built, family-friendly resort located on Cyprus’ south east coast. Located near one of the island’s best beaches, Fig Tree Bay, you’ll find soft, golden sand that’s ideal for beach games or relaxing in the sun. There’s also a wide choice of water sports available if you’re feeling active, as well as a water park and aquarium to keep the kids occupied.
As you’d expect from a modern resort, there are plenty of excellent restaurants, bars and cafés serving up a range of local and international cuisine. Whether you’re heading out for a meal or looking for an exciting activity, this laid-back coast is easy on the wallet with tons of budget fun to be had for those looking for those looking for cheap holidays. If you’re planning a trip with friends and looking for something even wilder, your trip wouldn’t be complete without hitting the party town Ayia Napa, which is just around the headland.
Things to do
Picture-perfect Blue Flag beaches, like Fig Tree Bay, draw beach lovers in droves to this corner of Cyprus. Picture-perfect Blue Flag beaches, like Fig Tree Bay, draw in sun worshippers and water sports lovers in droves. For an exciting day trip, you can sail out to the nearby Cape Greco, a protected nature park, and spend the day exploring its natural beauty via its hiking trails.
Back on (almost)-dry land, you’ll find Water World, considered by many to be the island’s best waterpark. It’s just a short 15-minute bus trip from the town and always a big hit with kids of all ages.
Feeling brave? On Protaras holidays you can get up close and personal with crocodiles, penguins, and exotic fish at the Ocean Aquarium. If you prefer your nature even wilder, there’s a network of trails for cyclists and walkers taking in dramatic views and unspoiled terrain.
A shopping trip is another must during your time in Cyprus. You’ll find a good selection of items on sale here, all with that special local touch. But if you’re thinking of buying anything, the area is known for its hand-made lace and leather handbags. Cheaper than back home, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself.
In between all that retail therapy you’re bound to work up an appetite, and thankfully there’s a good selection of restaurants in Protaras which are ideal for a pit-stop. Alongside famous fast food chains such as McDonald's and Pizza Hut, you’ll find a long list of places specialising in traditional Cypriot cuisine. It doesn’t get much more authentic than Kafkaros Tavern, whose fish and meat mezzes are testament to its excellent TripAdvisor reviews.
Visit beautiful Fig Tree Bay Beach
No visit to Protaras is complete without a visit to Fig Tree Bay, which is the most popular beach in the area. The sparkling turquoise waters are ideal for kids to splash about in and perfect if you’d like a paddle too. If you’re feeling adventurous why don’t you have a go at some water sports? From parasailing to banana boats and jet skiing, Fig Tree Bay is a thrill seeker’s paradise. You can also try the fun new activity of Flyboarding, where you can experience sea views while defying gravity.
Challenge yourself at the Escape Rooms
Visit the Escape Rooms in Protaras where you have an hour to see if you can solve all the puzzles in time. This great experience gives you three exciting rooms to choose from, including the Prison Room, The Zombie Lab and The Cold War Bunker. Follow the clues to find your way out – it’s amazing fun for the whole family.
Experience the culture of Cyprus
Nicknamed ‘the island of the Saints’, Cyprus is filled with churches and monasteries, many of which are found locally to Protaras. One of the National Forest Parks of Cyprus is located on the outskirts of the resort which is a perfect alternative to a day at the beach. There’s no shortage of scenery to enjoy in Protaras and its educational side is great for kids and adults alike.
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Paphos has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Once considered as the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite, the remains of her temple in nearby Kouklia are just one of many world-class archaeological sites you’ll find dotted in and around the town.
However, visitors don’t just come here for the history or the romance. Its location on the rockier south west coast of Cyprus means you’ll find secluded coves for swimming, and fragrant pine forests all within easy reach. And there’s plenty of fun for all the family at the Aphrodite Waterpark, the biggest waterpark on the island. Paphos holidays offer the perfect combination of laid-back and lively, from days spent along the easy-going coastline to party nights on Bar Street.
Things to do
Whether you’re here to party or to take in some sights, Paphos holidays don’t disappoint. Plus trips here won’t break the bank either! There are plenty of ways to keep the cost down, head for popular sites such as Aphrodite’s Rock and the Ancient Fabrica Hill, which are both free to visit.
The same goes for eating out, if you’re prepared to wander away from the tourist trail, you’ll find cheap eateries serving local dishes at affordable prices. Or, you can always tuck into a chicken souvlaki for as little as 3€.
During the evening, the clubs keep everyone dancing until dawn, and for something more laid-back you can head out to some of the region’s most important archaeological sites, or take in the sheer natural beauty of Cyprus. Trying the local food should also be high on your agenda. Although it’s hard to narrow down the best restaurants in Paphos (there’s a lot of them), Kiniras Traditional Restaurant comes highly recommended for its traditional flavours with recipes being handed down through the generations.
But nothing beats an afternoon spent shopping in Paphos, and this resort is packed with choices. For local one-off items, head to the Old Town’s market. Here, you’ll find stalls selling everything from ornamental pottery right down to the finest Cypriot wine. If big designer stores are more your thing, Kings Avenue Mall has over 100 shops - and it’s open until 8pm!
History and culture
When it comes to cultural holiday destinations, Paphos is about as good as it gets. The whole resort is an ancient wonder that draws thousands of holidaymakers year after year. The famous castle on the harbour, the Tombs of the Kings and the breathtaking birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite are just some of the places that everyone should take the opportunity to see. Not to mention the vast archaeological park, brimming with prehistoric remains.
Nightlife and dining
Paphos is definitely not lacking in bars and restaurants. You’ll find an excellent selection of places to eat and drink around the harbour. Enjoy a walk along the promenade and take your pick out of the many waterfront cafés and bars where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a refreshing KEO.
But if you’re looking for a big night out, head to Agiou Antoniou Street, otherwise known as ‘Nightlife Street’ or ‘Bar Street’. It’s here that you’ll find the highest concentration of bars in the city.
There’s more to Paphos than just history and nightlife. It’s also a great holiday destination for families, as there’s plenty around to keep everyone entertained. Make your way to Coral Bay to enjoy its excellent beach and water sport activities or check out the Paphos Karting Centre for a fast paced thrill ride. Or for the ultimate action packed day, head to the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark and be prepared for non-stop family fun.
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Places similar to Cyprus to visit
Greek island holidays remain the top choice for sun lovers, foodies and adventure seekers. With balmy sunshine, ancient sites and harbourside tavernas, these rugged beauties know just how to reel you in.
And when you’re not lapping up blue skies on sandy coastlines, or trekking through whitewashed mountain villages, you’ve got the best nightlife in the Mediterranean at your feet. From their stunning good looks to the endless things to do, it’s no wonder Greek island holidays are a summertime favourite.
Greek islands at a glance
• Watch the sunset over the blue domes in Santorini
• Rub shoulders with A-listers in party hub Mykonos
• See loggerhead turtles in under-the-radar Kefalonia
• Uncover the medieval city of Rhodes
All the Greek islands have their own unique charm, but which is right for you? Let's dive in...
Best Greek island holidays for hopping
Always fancied island hopping? Why not pack multiple destinations into your Greek island holiday? Touch down in Crete and board the direct ferries for a day trip to Santorini, or from Kos to Rhodes. Or stay in Kavos and springboard to the tiny islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
Best Greek island holidays for peace and quiet
In search of less touristy Greek island holidays? Step away from it all with a peaceful stay in Kefalonia. You can spot sea turtles in Katelios Bay, ride horses through the Sami mountains and descend into the Drogarati caves, 60 metres below ground.
Laid-back Lefkas (or Lefkada) is another under-the-radar destination for those seeking quieter holidays to the Greek islands. This rugged beauty boasts pastel-coloured boulevards, fringed by wild waterfalls and striking natural caverns.
Best Greek island holidays for romance
For first-timers and romantics, Santorini is a must. All blue-dome chapels and whitewashed walkways, this has to be one of the most magical Greek island holidays for couples. Take the 300-step descent down to Amoudi Bay for a swoon-worthy sunset stroll.
Best Greek island holidays for party animals
Holidays to the Greek islands aren’t limited to sun lounging and feta-eating. If you’re looking for a party scene to rival Ibiza, Mykonos is it! Behind its pretty facade, this island is host to the wildest celeb hotspot in the Med.
Best Greek island holidays for families with kids
Rhodes is one of the best Greek islands to explore with the kids. Alongside its sheltered beaches and shallow waters, its Old Town feels like an endless museum, with knights and ancient relics galore.
Away from party-central Laganas, Zante is another one of the best Greek islands for a family holiday. Watch turtles nesting on Kalamaki Beach, find thrills at Water Village and take in the sights from the Trainaki train. Why not make the most of your trip with a Greek island holiday package.
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Greece holidays are a must for the sunseekers, the foodies, the history buffs and the ramblers.
Why go to Greece on holiday?
Holidays to Greece and its islands are nothing short of dreamy. With glittering coves, sun-bleached ruins and those postcard-worthy sugar-cube towns. And when you’re done admiring the country’s good looks, you’ve got historical sights at every turn. So you’ll always find things to do.
Greece holiday highlights
• Climb the Acropolis in Rhodes
• Visit the abandoned shipwreck in Zante
• Sunbathe on the pink sands in Crete
• Swim through the tunnel of love in Corfu
Where to holiday in Greece?
To the mythic mainland or the idyllic Greek islands? Holidays to Greece will tick endless swimming spots, historic trails and instagram-worthy beaches off your checklist. With crowd-free spots in Skopelos to big-name party destinations like Zante. Greece holidays can be as high-octane or secluded as you want them to be.
Best for couples: While Santorini holidays are the honeymoon favourite, the Greek islands are brimming with romantic sights. From the pink sands in Crete to the Canal D’Amour in Corfu. For some 5 star Adults Only Greece luxury, check out the Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa.
Best for families: Hersonissos, Corfu and Crete are a must for classic family holidays in Greece. Check out 5 star Corfu Holiday Palace, with its child-friendly waterparks, or the Mitsis Blue Domes with its 10 pools! Bonus points if you visit the Star Beach water park, it’s voted one of the best in Europe.
Best for beaches: Crete is the most popular spot for beach holidays in Greece, with 650 miles of turquoise coastline. From golden stretches to rocky coves. Find genuine paradise on the white sands of Balos Beach Lagoon.
Best for party-goers: Energetic Mykonos, Crete and Kos are known for their vibrant nightlife, with world-class beach parties, A-list revellers and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Malia, Stalis, Faliraki, Kardamena and Laganas are all lively hotspots.
Best for sights: Historic Rhodes is home to a medieval Old Town, impressive fortresses and archaeological ruins. Be close to the sights with a stay at The Ixian Grand. Athens’ ancient history also makes for a bucket-list worthy Greek getaway.
Best for adventures: Corfu’s olive groves and pine-clad forests are a must for avid hikers. For secluded bliss, head to the pocket-sized hideaways in Skiathos and Kefalonia, or under-the-radar Lefkas and Thassos .
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Greece to see which month is right for you.
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We also have travel guides available for destinations, including Athens | Corfu | Crete | Halkidiki | Kalamata | Kefalonia | Kos | Lefkas | Lesbos | Mykonos | Olympius Riviera | Parga | Rhodes | Santorini | Skiathos | Skopelos | Thassos | Zante
Turkey holidays are full of delights, from serene, golden beaches to a history spanning thousands of years and mouth-watering cuisine. There’s no shortage of bucket list-worthy attractions either, whether you’ve come here to paraglide over those famous Blue Lagoon waters or enjoy a soak in Pamukkale's hot springs.
And with a foot in both Asia and Europe, Turkiye holidays bring you the best of both continents. Swap Istanbul’s trendy neighbourhoods and modern museums for a glimpse into the mystic Sufi culture in Konya.
Things to do
There are endless things to do in Turkiye, whether you book a short city break or settle in one of its sundrenched beach resorts.
If you’re staying in Istanbul, you shouldn't miss a chance to tick off the city's impressive mosques such as Sultanahmet (aka Blue Mosque ) or Hagia Sophia with its stunning Byzantine beauty. Those keen to shop will also appreciate the bustling Grand Bazaar for its handcrafted items and unique atmosphere. Meanwhile, did you know Istanbul is one of the world’s only transcontinental cities? Part lies in Asia and the other sits in Europe, giving it two very two different sides.
Other must-see attractions in Turkey include the ancient city of Ephesus and the breathtaking 'fairy chimney' rock formations of Cappadocia. Alternatively, see the enormous Roman Theatre of Aspendos in the Antalya region, or visit the equally astounding Greco-Roman ruins of Pergamum (or Pergamon) in Bergama, Izmir.
At Turkiye’s modern beach resorts, you can enjoy days on the picturesque coast before tucking into a meal at a family-run restaurant. When night falls, sip on a freshly-made cocktail while watching live music, or dance the night away at one of its late-closing clubs.
The Turquoise Coast
Many of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey can be found on the Turquoise Coast (in the southwest), which is recognised for its stunning pine-covered scenery. With over 400 miles of coastline in Antalya alone, it’s a big hit with beach lovers. It’s also home to Olu Deniz’s breathtaking Blue Lagoon, one of Turkiye’s most photographed shores for its bright blue waters and beautiful milky sands.
Another popular Turquoise Coast resort is the lively seaside town of Marmaris, where a traditional Old Town meets a smart marina. This idyllic area is also perfect for honeymooners, particularly Bodrum, where couples can step away from its beautiful bays and discover amazing antique wonders.
Places to stay
Wherever you stay, you’re never far from a sun-drenched sand spot or a dose of culture. Only a short 20-minute drive from Ephesus, Kusadasi is a great pick for visiting one of Turkey’s best-preserved cities. For a mix of family fun, history and lively nights, look no further than bustling Marmaris with a stay at the Grand Yazici Club Turban Thermal Hotel.
Or if you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, the Antalya region is full of luxury hotels and Long Beach Resort Hotel & Spa Deluxe is as fancy as it gets! For the beach at your feet, Delphin Be Grand Resort has its own private stretch, while adrenaline junkies will appreciate the easy access to Wet & Wild waterpark from Aska Lara Resort & Spa.
Hoping to delve into the country’s past? Base yourself in beautiful Bodrum! This historical hotspot is like stepping foot inside an open-air museum with its amphitheatre, 300-year-old village and ancient city of Halicarnassus – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! And you won’t have to wander far for a day on the sand thanks to its stunning peninsular beaches. If that hasn’t tempted you, a stay at the adult-only Marmara hotel will, with its panoramic views of Bodrum Castle.
If you want to truly get away from it all on your holiday to Turkey, you can always retreat to Club Tuana Fethiye. Situated in the under-the-radar city of Fethiye, it’s perfect for couples seeking a slower pace. Lose yourself among the streets of the Old Town and haggle your way around traditional markets before sipping cocktails in one of Fethiye's swanky marina setups.
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Holidays to Spain bring you to some of Europe’s most vibrant cities, 3,000 miles of soft sandy beaches, and fun-filled waterparks galore. Whether you’re heading for the bustling mainland or the gorgeous islands off the coast, you’ve always got year-round balmy weather, just a short flight away from the UK. Discover a country full of charm, from the mountain villages and Moorish castles to the bustling resorts and delightful tapas restaurants.
There are so many incredible destinations to explore with a holiday to Spain. You could relax on the powdery white sands of Marbella, soak up the party atmosphere in Ibiza, venture through the coves of Costa Brava or seek out the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands. So whether you want to flop on the beach, hit the world-famous after-dark scene, or set off on an adventure, Spain holidays are for you.
Things to do
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do on a holiday to Spain. From lounging on the golden sands to picking up the pace with watersports in bustling resorts like Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Costa Almeria on the mainland. But a holiday to Spain has so much to offer beyond the coastline. It’s brimming with incredible landscapes, from Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks to Menorca’s lush wetlands.
You could make a splash together at the famous Siam Park. Build sandcastles on the pristine soft sands of Playa de Alcudia. And if you're seeking a day of sightseeing, hop aboard the Cap Salou Tourist Train. Your little ones will love discovering the hidden corners of this spectacular city.
Couples have so much culture and romance to soak up together in Spain. Whether you want to step under the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Go on a horse riding tour through the valleys of Ibiza. Or set sail with a sunset catamaran trip in Malaga. And if it's foodie hotspots you're both after, follow your taste buds around the pavement tables of Alcudia for the traditional paella.
Places to stay
With a fantastic range of Blue Flag beaches, it's no wonder Spain attracts so many to its shoreline. Holidays on the mainland are about the Costas, aka the ‘Golden Coast’, a stretch of soft sand drenched in sunshine. In the Canaries, you'll find black volcanic sands in Lanzarote and Saharan shores in Gran Canaria. While in the Balearics, Menorca and Majorca boast secluded coves and sweeping bays. In Ibiza, it's become a tradition to watch the spectacular sunsets. The rich hues of reds, oranges, and pinks set the Mediterranean waters on fire.
Canary Islands in Spain
With golden beaches, volcanoes and lush forests, holidays to the Canary Islands are all about diverse landscapes. There's so much to explore, from the fire mountains in Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote to the nature reserve on Lobos Island in Fuerteventura. The weather is also warm all year round, with excellent conditions for watersports and long days under the African sun. With all this and more, Canary Islands holidays have got everything you could ask for. All within a reasonably short flight.
From the whitewashed buildings of Mojácar to the traditional culture of Roquetas de Mar, holidays to Costa de Almeria are great for peaceful breaks in idyllic settings. You can head out on scenic walks in the hills or stroll along golden beaches. Bars and restaurants can be found in the eco-resort of El Toyo, where you can fill your Costa de Almeria holidays with new Spanish flavours.
Translating to the "White Coast", Costa Blanca holidays are popular with beach lovers. Stunning white sands stretch for miles, making it perfect for those long, lazy days soaking up the sun. It's more than just beaches, though. Holidays to Costa Blanca can take you up into the hills, where the countryside is rich with colour, charming vineyards and the smell of citrus and almond groves. In the evenings, Costa Blanca nightlife is not to be missed.
Costa Del Sol
Spanish for "Coast of the Sun", Costa del Sol holidays offer 325 days of warm weather and 95 miles of coastline. But there's plenty more to the sun coast than soft sands and blue waters. On holidays to Costa del Sol, you'll find sleepy villages amongst the hills and mountains that are beautiful to drive through, vibrant nightlife, and rich history and culture.
Costa Dorada holidays boast pristine sands, pretty ports, towering mountain trails, pine forests, the region's largest wetlands and medieval villages. Salou is great for kids. With shallow waters, playgrounds and historic towns. And family holidays to Costa Brava aren't complete without a visit to PortAventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, with themed rides and brilliant entertainment.
What should I pack?
Pack your sunscreen if you're booking your holidays to Spain in the summer months. Aside from that, a few other bits and bobs will help make your break easier. If you can't live without your gadgets, you might want to bring an adaptor to charge them back in your hotel. A portable power pack is also a good idea for gizmo addicts.
When it comes to clothing, keep it light and airy, with outfits made from linen and cotton.
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Spain to see which month is right for you.
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