With the school holidays upon us and almost everyone we know heading off somewhere sunny at the moment, we’ve rounded up 10 of the top holiday picks for August.
Whether you tend to stick to the same timeshare destination every year or prefer exploring somewhere a little more off the tourist track, here are five of the top most popular spots plus five different escapes we think you’ll love.
The 5 classics:
1. Majorca and the Balearic Islands
The family-friendly Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza are perfectly-placed for serving up a classic summer holiday experience with maximum enjoyment. Head to Menorca for a laid-back break beach break, or Ibiza if you want to combine serious nightlife with quiet, hidden coves. However, for all-round holiday value, try Majorca, which has buzzing party spots, secluded beaches, stunning scenery and a pretty, walkable capital with a yacht harbour – Palma.
2. The Spanish Costas
From budget to blowing-the-budget, Spain has a holiday to suit everyone. The Costas – Costa Blanca, del Sol, Dorada or Brava – are among Europe’s most popular coastal areas, and for good reason. Here you’ll find great value self-catering options, high-end luxury hotels with spas, villas and all-inclusive properties, meaning you can tailor your holiday to your budget and needs.
3. The Algarve
Brits have a long-standing love affair with the South coast of Portugal, thanks to its friendly locals, great food and drink, and huge range of hotels and spa destinations. There are also some stunning beaches set in coves, each lined with dramatic cliffs.
The Sunshine State is one of the most popular destinations for Brits and a fun winter sun timeshare choice for families, thanks to Orlando’s theme parks and huge shopping malls. There are also some spectacular beaches in St Petersburg or Clearwater, meaning you can mix and match your break to suit you.
Mediterranean resorts in Turkey have become huge favourites for family summer holidays. Take your pick from all-inclusive breaks to simple stays in family-run pensions. You can even hop on to a gulet and cruise the beautiful coastline for a week or two.
Five different destinations:
The beautiful coastal resort of Agadir and the mysterious, magical draw of Marrakech mean many families are starting to head to Morocco in the summer, while as a winter sun destination it beats southern Europe hands down weather-wise. Agadir combines French and Moroccan influences with mouthwatering food, watersports and a relaxed family atmosphere. Meanwhile, explore the magical souks of Marrakech or take an excursion into the Atlas Mountains for scenic adventure.
It may not seem like the traditional family break, but this Indian Ocean island offers breathtaking snowy white beaches, safe bathing, coral sands and reefs, amazing scenery and lots to see and do.
Head to Croatia’s Dalmatian Riviera and its many islands to enjoy pine-clad hills, a mix of sand and shingle beaches, and a combination of Greek, Italian and Eastern European food along with cultural highlights such as Dubrovnik. This is one for all the family.
4. Cape Verde islands
Just a five and a half hours’ flight away from the UK are these beautiful, tropical-looking islands. With their heavy Portuguese, African and Brazilian influences, there’s plenty of atmosphere to soak up, while the glorious white-sand beaches look almost tropical.
5. Costa de la Luz
Based between the Portuguese border and the southern tip of Spain, this destination is gaining popularity as a sports holiday favourite. Costa de la Luz is ideal for sun seekers, windsurfers and kite surfers (who flock to Tarifa for those Atlantic waves) as well as those who love big seas and blue skies. You can visit the nearby sherry capital of the world Jerez, or take an excursion up to stunning Seville, home of the famous marmalade orange and flamenco.