Summer is soon approaching, which means holidays, and I don’t know about you but I’m sick of this ‘Beast from the East’ weather we have going on at the moment. Whether you’re looking for a mini break or a two week holiday, finding the perfect destination can be hard. For me, I sift through so many websites trying to find the perfect place that ‘ticks all the boxes.’ Things such as not too quiet, but lively enough, not too ‘touristy’ but enough to do and see. Travel companies can’t win can they? We’re always looking for something in between to get a good mix of the country we’re visiting, but we end up spending a long time trawling through tripadvisor and travel brochures to find the perfect ‘in between’ place, that when you come to landing nothing is a surprise. Which, I think takes the fun out of it all!
I’ve compiled a list of places that are perfect for young couples and groups of friends that ‘tick all the boxes,’ and that won’t break the bank!
This is the largest of the Canary Islands and the most populated, meaning you will never be short of things to do here. Playa De Las Americas is a popular resort for Brits, with streets lined with Irish bars galore, all you can eat buffets and a rip off Nandos, which is called Fernando’s. Original eh? This part of the island comes alive in the evening with the famous Americas strip, with clubs and bars that open to the early hours and offering seriously cheap drink deals. The beaches of Americas are the most lively, with soft sweeping sands and calm seas, and lots of burnt Brits roaming about. Nearby you’ll find the famous Siam Park, which has become the best water park in the world, and it’s not wrong. If you’re not much of a thrill seeker and don’t fancy taking on the insane water slides, then I’d recommend the lazy river, perfect for curing a hangover after a night on the strip. If you’re looking for something a bit more ‘upmarket’ and quieter, then head for a bit of shopping to nearby Los Cristianos which boasts lots of designer outlets and pricier restaurants. If you don’t want to be centred in the hustle and bustle of Americas, then staying in Los Cristianos will be the better option, even so, they’re just a short stroll away from each other. In the peak of Summer temperatures average around 29 degrees, but as Canary Islands are known for their high winds, you’ll get a nice breeze if you’re ever too hot! The best of both worlds!
The Greek Islands can be an absolute minefield when trying to decide where to go on holiday. In total there are 6000 island that are scattered all around the Aegean and Ionian Seas! Wow! The largest Greek island is Crete which has a diverse mix of culture and tourist hot spots. If you want endless sandy beaches then Rethymno beach stretches 20 kilometres and is filled with buzzing beach bars and eateries, with lots of watersports to try your hand at. You will also find here cobbled streets and a cultural character of the town with beautiful buildings and history. Not to mention, Turtles are regular visitors to the beach and lay their eggs between June and August, so you may be able to catch a glimpse! Towards the East of the island you’ll find the popular and most visited Hersonissos, which neighbours Malia, we all remember the Inbetweener films don’t we? There’s nightlife galore and luxury hotels, that will make you have an action packed holiday and not to mention, a terrible hangover. Temperatures in Crete average between 27 to 29 degrees in the peak of Summer. Due to it’s Mediterranean climate the atmosphere can feel quite humid compared to the Canary Islands, so finding shade is a must.
The Lake District
Okay, so this might not sound the most appealing as when we think of the Lake District, we think soggy fields and high hills. Not the most relaxing and beach holiday we imagine. However, the Lake District is beautiful, rain or shine. If you want to go somewhere closer to home, then the Lake District is great. Who knew we had such a beautiful place here in England? There are many places to rest your legs here after a long day walking, if you want a luxury hotel then The Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere is simply stunning. With a thermal spa and spa treatments galore, its the perfect indulgence with your better half. The rooms are stylish and contemporary and will offer comfort after a long day. If you want a more home from home, then Air BnB do such a wide selection of houses, from cottages to barns to glamping pods, there will be something to suit all budgets and your required tastes. I love Grasmere in the Lake District, it offers pleasant scenery, boutique shops and the most amazing food on offer. It’s also close to nearby Windermere if you fancy trying your hand at some watersports. You’ll never be short of things to do here, why not set off on a walk and take a picnic and admire the breathtaking views? Weather dependent of course!
This is actually where we’ve booked our holiday for this year, so I feel like I must include this! Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic’s and offers a lot of beautiful beach resorts across the island. We’re going to Palma Nova which is a popular seaside resort in the south west of the island. The resorts lies in the heart of it all, so various excursions will be easily accessible. We were also attracted to it as it’s near to the lively Magaluf. I’ve never been on a ‘party’ holiday before and I’ve always wanted to go and experience it, so I’m intrigued as to what that will hold. Is that strange? Maybe I’ll come back with a Magaluf 2k18 matching tattoo with my boyfriend?! Who knows. Palma Nova itself is not too noisy compared to it’s neighbours, which means there’s a great combination of the ‘not too lively but not too quiet,’ which we always look for. The city of Palma is also 15 minutes away, with an excellent range of shopping and culture if you fancy stepping away from the action. We have no idea what to expect with this one, the cost of the holiday was far more attractive to us than anything else, so if you’re looking for a beach holiday on a budget then I’d recommend checking out some of the latest deals.