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Whether it’s an active city break or a relaxing beach getaway, there are loads of 2018 short haul holidays and hotspots to check out. Discover the Greek islands, known for their sunshine and beautiful beaches, the lively resorts of the Canary Islands and the family friendly beaches of Menorca and Majorca or pack in the sun and fun in Barcelona, Palma, Dubrovnik and our top European cities. Whether it's a half term beach break or cracking summer holiday, thes short haul shores await you...
2018's Short Haul Holiday Hotspots
Greece, with over 6,000 isles, promises an idyllic Mediterranean holiday in the sun. You can count on warm summers and mild winters wherever you are on the Greek islands, whether it’s in the shadow of Santorini’s clifftop villages, on Crete’s fine sandy beaches or Zante’s dazzling white sands and spectacular caves, around Corfu’s charming villages and beaches or amidst the buzz of Mykonos, Kefalonia and Kos. Turkey is also among our 2018 short haul holiday hotspots thanks to its 300 Blue Flag beaches, Turkish baths, spice markets and lively nightlife. Thrill-seekers can go paragliding over the blue lagoon or you can simply laze on the golden sands of Ölüdeniz.
Where To Go For Short Haul Family Holidays
For perfect 2018 short haul family holidays, how about jetting away to sunny Cyprus, where you can relax on the beach with the family? For a budget family holiday, check out child-friendly resorts in the Algarve, Spain and Greece where the weather is warm even out of high season and skies are blue. On Portugal's beach-laden Algarve coast, the kids will love making sandcastles or spending a day at Aqualand, one of the largest waterparks in Europe.
For island fun, Menorca and Mallorca in Spain's Balearic islands are great for short haul family holidays. Menorca is quieter than neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca - kids can paddle at the small beach of Binibeca Nou or play on the beautiful sands of Cala Macarelleta.
Spain's Top Resorts for 2018
If you’re looking for amazing resorts, Blue Flag beaches and glamorous city breaks, Spain is a must on your holiday wishlist. Whether it’s dancing to flamenco beats, sampling treats at tapas bars, shopping in Barcelona, getting tanned on the golden sands of Costa Dorada or the white sandy beaches of Costa Blanca, there’s nowhere like Spain.
A vacation in the Canary Islands is perfect anytime of the year, with the promise of sunny weather and great resorts. The biggest island of Tenerife is home to Mount Teide and buzzing resorts that include Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas, while Gran Canaria, a little ahead, offers lively Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico. For a slower pace, visit Fuerteventura, which boasts some of the longest beaches on resorts like Corralejo and Jandia. Lanzarote is a favourite for its Blue Flag beaches and beautiful resorts of Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca, Playa de los Pocillos and others. For isolated coves and quaint cobbled streets, check out the island of La Palma in the Canaries. For fun in the sun, Majorca is a hot favourite in the Balearics, with fantastic beaches and watersports. Check out the 2 km stretch of Cala Millor and the beautiful coves of Cala D’or.
Why not plan a short haul holiday to the beautiful coast of Spain's Costa Brava, where you can enjoy adventure sports and nightlife in Lloret de Mar and a quieter pace at Pineda de Mar or Santa Susanna. Costa Brava is also popular for watersports, including windsurfing, parasailing and scuba diving - and Spain tops the charts when it comes to great deals and year-round sunshine.
Bright and beautiful Ibiza is endlessly popular with its vibrant resorts of Playa D'En Bossa, Playa Es Cana, San Antonio Bay and Santa Eulalia. A two-hour flight brings you to the party destination that has some of the hottest clubs, but is also home to laidback beaches.
Amazing Winter Sun Holidays 2018
If you're looking for short haul winter sun, Cape Verde is another great destination, with over 50 kilometres of stunning beaches. Work on your tan on the white sands of Boa Vista island, with glittering turquoise waters. There’s also the charming beach town of Santa Maria, with cobbled streets, painted houses and vibrant cafes. The volcanic island of Santo Antao is also home to fragrant pine forests and great for hiking and scuba diving.
Adult Only Short Haul Holidays
Looking for an adult only short haul holiday with a partner or friends? Dance the night away at chic clubs on the beachfront or lounge on the sands, the choice is yours. The Balearic Islands offer sandy beaches and fantastic nightlife, while the Canary Islands tempt you with its warm waters and guaranteed sunshine.
The island of Hvar in Croatia also offers gorgeous beaches and glamorous hotels while romantics favour the Grek islands of Crete, Santorini and Corfu, for perfect weather and glorious sands.
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