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Get set for Summer 21

 

Good times and sunshine are on the agenda next year and your Summer 21 holiday could be the best one yet! Get ahead of the crowd and find yours now…

Needing a little pick-me-up in the form of sunshine? Starting your summer holiday countdown early could be just the remedy. Think golden sands, glowing tans and plenty of you time!

We’ve got the lowdown on the top destinations for Summer 21, so if you’re not 100% sure on where to go, this guide will come in handy. Choose one of these big holiday hitters and you’re guaranteed fun in the sun!

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Tenerife

A holiday to Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, can be as action-packed or chilled-out as you like. It boasts stunning volcanic landscapes and unique sandy beaches as well as buzzy resorts where the nightlife’s top notch! Let’s explore…

BEST BEACHES

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Playa de Los Cristianos

This huge stretch of sand is one of Tenerife’s most popular, thanks to calm turquoise waters and plenty of seafront bars and restaurants. It’s also framed by volcanic Mount Gauza, so the views are pretty spectacular. And if one wasn’t enough, there are two other beaches just a stone’s throw away in Los Cristianos.

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Playa Jardin
This gorgeous garden beach is the brainchild of local Canarian artist, Cesar Manrique. Its ash-black sands are truly unique and the botanical gardens and swaying palm trees along its each edge complete the picture. You’ll find it in Puerto de la Cruz, on the island’s north coast.

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Discover Mount Teide

Mount Teide is Spain’s highest peak and the third tallest volcano in the world! It last erupted back in 1909 and is a real must-see for anyone visiting the island. The Teide National Park that surrounds the summit is also a sight to behold. The diverse landscape is filled with various shapes and colours thanks to the craters and lava flows that have formed here.

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Visit Siam Park

Whether it’s an action-packed family day out or you just fancy whizzing down some slides with your mates, this huge water park has something for all ages. The Thai-inspired complex is home to more than 15 rides and slides, alongside a floating market selling drinks and snacks and a beach club where you can laze on a Bali bed. Plus, it’s been named Tripadvisor’s number one waterpark in the world for the seventh year in a row!

FOOD AND DRINK

Mojo sauce

Can’t eat a meal without a tangy dip? Then you’ll love mojo! It comes in a red and green variety, one flavoured with red peppers and the other with parsley. Other additions can include, olive oil, garlic, paprika, cumin and chilli. It’s a real taste sensation.

Papas Arrugadas

Also known as ‘wrinkled potatoes’, this traditional dish is basically the Canarian version of our much-loved roast potatoes. Potatoes are boiled in salty seawater before being roasted in an oven until the skin is crisp and wrinkled. Serve with a generous helping of mojo sauce and it makes for the perfect snack!

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Majorca

This sun-kissed Balearic beauty has all the ingredients to make your summer holiday one to remember. The cool capital is packed full of charm and culture, while quaint towns give you a traditional taste of Spain. Check it out…

BEST BEACHES

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Es Trenc

Looking for Caribbean vibes while you holiday on this beautiful Balearic isle? Make a beeline for this idyllic stretch of fine white sand and bright aquamarine water. Es Trenc is more than two kilometres long and has an unspoilt feel to it despite it being one of the island’s most-loved beaches!

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Playa de Muro

This sandy spot is the largest on the island, so if you’re looking for lively days out with plenty of water sports and loungers to choose from, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Al fresco bars and restaurants line the water’s edge too, so even on an evening, it’s just as vibrant.

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Hit the capital

Just a 20-minute drive from Palma Nova, you’ll find yourself in Palma, Majorca’s capital city. Shopping, sightseeing and sunbathing, it’s all on offer here. And if you visit after dark, you’ve got a whole host of traditional tapas restaurants and lively cocktail bars at your fingertips! Don’t miss the staggering Gothic cathedral which dominates the harbour area.

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Marvel at Pirates Adventure

A swashbuckling night out is on the cards at the one and only Pirates Adventure! For more than 30 years, pirates have taken to the stage with acrobatics, fire breathing, comedy performances and much, much more. There’s even an adults-only version of the show which features everything from the original performance but with a risqué twist. Expect live DJs, amazing drinks deals and out-of-this-world dance routines.

FOOD AND DRINK

Ensaimada

This spiral-shaped pastry has been made on the island since the 17th century. Traditionally, it includes flour, eggs, water and sugar to make the perfect sweet treat to accompany a fresh coffee with breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Orange juice

Towns along the north coast have the perfect climate for growing oranges, so why not grab yourself a freshly-squeezed glass of the good stuff and watch the world go by from a pavement café?

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Dalaman Area

This part of Turkey is famed for its sizzling hot summers, golden beaches and lively resorts. It’s also packed full of fascinating history and traditional Turkish bazaars, so whatever you’re looking to get up to on holiday, you’re bound to find something here. Ready to dive into the Dalaman Area?

BEST BEACHES

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Olu Deniz beach

This Blue Flag beauty is as pretty as a picture with its golden shore and shining sea framed by pine-topped mountains. The huge stretch of sand has plenty of loungers to hire but if you’re hoping to relax somewhere a little quieter, there’s a hidden lagoon to explore too.

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Marmaris Beach

Want water sports and seafront café-bars on hand when you head for a beach day? This pebble shore is the ultimate choice. Take in stunning views of the mountains as you bob in the crystalline water or soak up the rays on a lounger as you get stuck into a good book.

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Shop at Icmeler Market

See locals going about their day at this traditional market and grab a bargain on everything from handmade leather goods to locally-grown fruit and vegetables. The fragrant spice stalls will draw you in with just their scent alone!

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Admire the Amyntas Rock Tombs

You’ll be in total awe when you clap eyes on these incredible rock carvings high above your head in the cliff-face. Dating back around 2,500 years ago, these impressive tombs were the final resting place of local Lycians. You can hike up to view them or see them as part of a boat trip.

FOOD AND DRINK

Döner kebap

It’s the one and only kebab, a takeaway favourite that needs no introduction. But here in Turkey, it’s a little different to the ones you get back home. Spiced lamb gets slowly grilled then stuffed into a flatbread with garlic flavoured yoghurt and plenty of crunchy salad. Delicious!

Raki

This milky-coloured alcoholic drink packs a real punch when it comes to strength and flavour. It’s made from twice-distilled grapes and aniseed, so it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Locals drink this on special occasions or when they’re celebrating. Why not give it a go?

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Benidorm

Buzzy Benidorm has a little bit of everything, from its award-winning beach and varied restaurants to its little pockets of history and world-renowned nightlife. Take a look…

BEST BEACHES

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Levante Beach

One of the most popular spots on the Costa Blanca, Levante Beach is an all-round winner when it comes to beach days. Backed by the resort’s famous skyscrapers, it’s the perfect setting to while away the days and soak up the Spanish sunshine. It’s long, lively and jam-packed full of water sports and activities.

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Mal Pas

Right next door to Levante, you’ll find the quieter and more secluded cove of Mal Pas. Its earned Blue Flag status which means its known for its cleanliness and great facilities. If you want a chilled-out day on the sand, this is the one for you.

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Visit Aqualandia

Want thrills and spills on a family-friendly day out? This action-packed waterpark has everything you need to keep the whole gang entertained. There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping rides and slides on-site alongside splash parks and relaxing pools for the little ones.

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Spend an evening at Benidorm Palace

It’s cabaret night every night at the dazzling Benidorm Palace! Think showstopping costumes, daring dance routines, comedians and singers with all the glitz and glamour you could ever imagine. Not forgetting gymnasts, trapeze artists and fabulous flamenco dancers!

FOOD AND DRINK

Traditional tapas dishes

Between the English-style cafés, you’ll find a teeny cobbled street serving some of the best traditional Spanish tapas across the whole of the region. ‘Tapas Alley’ is famed for its local flavours and welcoming charm. Pull up a chair and join the locals!

Sangria

Sangria is known the world over but sipping on a glass of it in its home country makes it taste just that little bit more delicious. Spanish red wine is teamed with fruit juice and slices of orange, lemon and apple, so you get a real fruity mix in just one glass. Recipes vary from bar to bar, so why not try the different versions and see which is your favourite?

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Lanzarote

This captivating Canary Island boasts diverse landscapes and a huge choice of thriving beach resorts that keeps visitors coming back year after year. Interested? Let’s explore…

BEST BEACHES

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Playa Dorada

Translating as ‘golden beach’ in Spanish, Playa Dorada is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s just minutes from the centre of Playa Blanca on the south coast and its clean, calm waters make it a top spot for families.

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Playa del Papagayo

Backed by rugged cliffs and stunning ochre landscapes, you’ll soon see why Playa del Papagayo is one of the island’s top beach spots. It’s a relatively untouched part of Lanzarote, so if you’re heading here for the day, it’s best to pack plenty of drinks and snacks.

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Head to the Timanfaya National Park

Want to explore a Mars-like landscape while you’re holidaying? Look no further than this spectacular national park that covers nearly a quarter of the island! The temperature below ground reaches around 600C, so if you’re lucky, you might get to see a natural geyser shooting up into the sky.

Spend a day at Rancho Texas Park

Animal lovers or cowboy wannabes in tow? They’ll love a day out at this Wild West-themed activity park. You can swim with sealions, see majestic birds of prey swoop through the air and even learn those all-important lasso skills from a real-life cowboy. Fancy it? You’ll find it in Puerto del Carmen on the south of the island.

FOOD AND DRINK

Estofado

Love a hearty meal that’s packed full of goodness? This Canarian staple stew will be right up your street! It’s traditionally made with pork or beef and features chorizo, chickpeas, plenty of vegetables and a dash of strong Spanish red wine for good measure.

Ron Miel

Translating as ‘honey rum’, this punchy drink is the perfect treat after a big meal. You might receive a shot or two as a freebie or gesture of thanks from restaurant owners after you have dined with them!

Has all that got you thinking about next year’s getaway?

Posted: 10th Nov 2020.

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