Where’s Going to be
Popular in 2017
If you're wondering where's going to be popular in 2017, you've come to the right place. Whether you fancy a hassle-free, all-inclusive hols in the sunshine or a quick last-minute getaway, spend your pennies wisely and head for the newest, coolest hotspots! We've been making a list filled with the dreamiest destinations, so your next beach holiday will be nothing less than the best!
Ideal for: Families, Beach Lovers and Party Animals
Greece and its islands are so diverse that there’s bound to be something on offer to suit all interests. Take your pick from resorts like mainland Halkidiki and the cultural capital of Athens, or opt instead for one of the smattering of islands in both the Ionian and Aegean Seas. From the traditional whitewashed buildings, lush olive groves and sweeping sandy beaches that look like they’ve been picked straight from a postcard, to the lively island resorts of Rhodes and Crete (home to Faliraki and Malia) and the tranquillity of Ithaca, Santorini and Skiathos, the appeal is never-ending. Choose wisely and you will no doubt find a new favourite when it comes to summer holidays. Opting for just one resort can be a tough call to make though, so it’s no wonder people fall in love with Greece and visit time and time again – you certainly can’t see it all in one go!
Take a look at our pocket guide to Greece for more about the weather, when to travel and, of course, the wonderful beaches.
Ideal for: Beach Lovers, Families, Couples and Golfers
Sitting pretty to the west of Spain, Portugal is a magnet for anyone wishing to enjoy some summer sunshine in a destination that is diverse and beautiful. The Algarve, situated on the south coast of the country, is the main tourist hub, with popular resorts like Albufeira and Vilamoura leading the way with their amenities and attractions, which range from world-class diving and golf, to Blue Flag beaches and charming villages. Alternatively, visitors may enjoy the city life that Lisbon has to offer, or could venture over to Porto on the west coast, famous for its UNESCO-recognised Ribeira district and nearby Cais de Gaia’s most famous export, port. Plus, if that lot’s not enough, the gorgeous, unspoilt island of Madeira is a mere boat ride away, home to rugged natural beauty and known for its delicious dessert wine. Take a look at our gorgeous 5 star hotels in Portugal and start packing for pure bliss!
We've highlighted the top 8 things to do in the Algarve, so you can start planning your itinerary today!
Ideal for: Families, Couples, Culture Lovers, Foodies and Watersports Fanatics
As a jewel in the Med’s dazzling holiday destination crown, Malta has managed to retain its traditional, charming vibes that can so often disappear in some of the more popular, tourist-centred Mediterranean islands. While plenty of Brits appreciate the beauty of Malta, it hasn’t given in to tourism as much as it could have done, and because of this, Malta and its neighbouring islands Comino and Gozo, remain unspoilt and authentic. Malta’s capital, Valletta, is a great place to start if you’re in search of culture and history, and the Neolithic Ggantija temple on Gozo is awe-inspiring. From the modern, cosmopolitan hotspots of Sliema and Bugibba, and the purpose-built resort of Qawra, to the sleepy villages of Gozo and the world-class dive spots that Comino has to offer, the Maltese archipelago has much more than just one string to its bow.
Make the most of this idyllic destination and take a look at the top 8 things to do in Malta.
Ideal for: Families, Sun Worshippers, Culture and History Buffs
With influences coming from every direction, Turkey is a true fusion country, and it has the historical sites a-plenty to prove it. Perfect for history fans, this vast country is home to numerous UNESCO-recognised wonders, including the renowned Ephesus, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Xanthos and the historic parts of Istanbul, which will keep your days as busy as you want them to be. If you’re looking to relax and unwind though, let’s not forget the beaches – the Dalaman region, AKA the Turquoise Coast, offers resorts including Olu Deniz and its blue lagoon, and is one of the fundamental reasons why Turkey is so popular. Welcoming and warm, it’s a wonderful East meets West destination that millions of holidaymakers flock to year after year.
Planning a holiday to the Turqouise Coast? We've got everything you need to know about Turkey's resorts so you can have a hassle-free holiday.
Ideal for: Culture Buffs, Beach Lovers, Foodies and Bargain Hunters
This North African country has it all, really. From its glorious sandy beaches and its desert dunes, to the culture-rich cities of Marrakech and Rabat, adventurous holidaymakers will be in their element here. Check out our all inclusive cheap holidays in Morocco and ride a camel through the desert and appreciate the way Berber tribes live, or soak up the sun in premier locations like purpose-built Agadir, with its six-miles of sands, or the authentic fishing village of Taghazout, just north of its lively cousin. Take a trip to a hilltop Kasbah and admire the unobstructed views, shop for a bargain at one of Marrakech’s souks, or spend some time relaxing at an authentic hammam spa. The cuisine isn’t to be missed either, with couscous, tagines and lamb dishes all being mouth-wateringly good.
Ideal for: Families, Nature Lovers and Watersports Fanatics
This beautiful volcanic Canary Island continues to stay under the radar a little in comparison with its more popular sisters like Gran Canaria and Tenerife, but in many ways, this is a good thing. Chic and stylish, with an upmarket feel to many of the resorts, Lanzarote boasts the best of everything that the Canaries have to offer, including top-notch dive sites, classy resorts, pristine beaches and year-round sunshine. For nightlife, look at Puerto del Carmen – the island’s liveliest resort. But if you just want to kick off the flip-flops and chill out, charming Playa Blanca or purpose-built Costa Teguise would be the perfect choice. The island is also famous for its volcanic landscapes, including awe-inspiring Timanfaya National Park – a perfect day trip if you’re the outdoorsy type.
Ideal for: Families, Party Animals and Couples
Despite being a fairly small island, Majorca can really pack a holiday punch and is a versatile spot for some summer sun. Set in the Med, Majorca is the most popular of the Balearic Islands and offers a varied range of resorts around its scenic coastline. From the clubbers mecca of Magaluf and its quieter-but-within-partying-distance Palma Nova, to the low-key resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Calas de Mallorca, there’s a resort for everyone on this sunkissed island. Take your pick from the many Blue Flag beaches, take a trip to a waterpark, or treat the kids to a day out at one of the awesome family-friendly attractions such as Marineland, Katmandu or Jumaica Tropical Park – the options are endless. Culture buffs will appreciate a visit to the island’s capital, Palma, too – they’ll be in their element in the Barri Gothic district or admiring the city’s famous cathedral.
Ideal for: Beach Lovers, Families and Culture Vultures
Spain has been popular with British holidaymakers for decades, and for very good reason – which is why our love for this beautiful country doesn’t falter! The choice of resorts is huge and can cater for all preferences, from the romance, architecture, shopping and culture of cities like Barcelona and Madrid, to the family-friendly Costa Dorada, complete with its own PortAventura theme park. The Costas, also including the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, are the main magnet for holidaymakers who are looking for sizzling sunshine, Blue Flag beaches, golden sands and ample amenities; popular resorts include Benidorm, Alicante, Marbella, Salou and Malaga, but if you’re looking for a sleepy spot where you can unwind and forget all of the stresses of home, Spain has plenty of those too.
Ideal for: Families, Couples, Beach Lovers, Party Animals and History Buffs
This well-rounded Mediterranean island appeals to a variety of audiences, and thanks to the gorgeous sunshine and scorching temperatures, it’s a fantastic island to retreat to from spring to autumn. Situated off the coast of Turkey, Cyprus has had to deal with its fair share of troubles in the past, and the Green Line that runs through the city of Nicosia is testament to that. Nowadays, you can expect blue skies, miles of beaches and crystal clear waters, as well as plenty of resorts that are centred on tourism. For history, consider staying close to Paphos or Larnaca, which both have historic and cultural centres (the ancient cities of Kourion and Amathus aren’t far away, either!), while Ayia Napa is a hub for late night revellers. Families would enjoy quieter resorts like Protaras or the versatility of Limassol, which is one of the tourist favourites.