Picking the perfect place for your next vacation
With so many fantastic holiday destinations on offer the choice can sometimes be a little overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 must-visit places for 2015.
Everybody loves going on holiday, but with so many options to choose from, selecting your next holiday destination can be difficult. We’ve put together some of the top holiday destinations in 2015 to help you plan your perfect trip.
Spain has long been a firm favourite with British tourists and this doesn’t look set to change anytime soon. This year, instead of heading the Balearic Islands or the sunny beaches of the Costa del Sol, check out the often overlooked northern regions of Spain. The area combines stunning beaches, medieval towns, vibrant cities and fantastic food – and best of all, you’ll avoid the crowds that you get in the more popular tourist resorts.
Despite recent economic and political upheavals, Greece remains a firm favourite with holiday-makers – and with its cerulean blue seas, sunny climate and tasty cuisine, it’s easy to see why. For a truly memorable holiday, head to the scenic Cyclades Islands, situated between Crete and the mainland. Each of the six main islands offers something different – from sunset views in romantic Santorini, to the hip restaurants of Mykonos, and kayaking around the coastline of Paros. You could even try ‘island hopping’ and experience several holidays in one.
2015 marks 50 years of independence for Singapore, and this small island city-state has a year of celebrations planned. Aside from the celebratory atmosphere, Singapore has plenty to offer holiday-makers, including great shopping, fantastic food, lively entertainment and plenty of cultural interest. If this all gets a bit much, you can also head to the nearby island of Bintan for some well deserved relaxation on the stunning white sand beaches.
Sometimes overlooked in favour of its larger neighbours, this small South American country has lots to offer travellers. To the east, you’ll find long sandy beaches and opportunities to watch the annual whale migration between July and November. Alternatively, the wine buffs among you can head inland to sample delicious local wines at some of Uruguay’s small, independent vineyards.
If you’re looking for a holiday that combines breathtaking scenery, a Mediterranean climate, and a fascinating history, then Croatia is the place to go. The picturesque city of Dubrovnik is perfect for a city break, with a beautiful old town that offers baroque buildings, marble streets and stunning sea views. For a relaxing beach holiday, head to one of the scenic coastal resorts, or venture out to one of the islands dotted off the coast. Hvar in particular has stunning beaches and is easily accessible by ferry.
Can’t decide between a city trip, beach holiday or activity break? Head to Vancouver on the west coast of Canada where you can experience all three, plus lots more. Regularly rated amongst the world’s ‘most liveable cities’ Vancouver has something to satisfy everyone whether you prefer soaking up the rays on one of its beautiful beaches, hiking or cycling in the mountains, or sampling the art, culture and nightlife of downtown Vancouver.
Officially part of France, and with historic ties to Italy, this fascinating island offers its own unique culture, attracting over 3 million visitors each year. With over 1,000km of beautiful coastline, the island’s beaches, resorts and Mediterranean climate are undoubtedly the main draw for many tourists. However, for a taste of the ‘real Corsica’ head inland, away from the crowds, where you will find quiet traditional villages, olive groves and mountainous hiking trails.
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba offers something for everyone. Sun worshippers can enjoy the white sand beaches and crystal clear seas of the country’s seaside resorts, while culture vultures can experience the faded colonial architecture and burgeoning arts and nightlife scene of its vibrant cities. America has started re-establishing relations with Cuba, so visit now before the inevitable Americanisation begins to take place.
If Mexico is on your holiday radar, eschew the honeymoon resorts on the Caribbean Sea in favour of the hipper more laid-back Riviera Nayarit, a 192 mile stretch of coastline on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Specifically, head to Sayulita – a small seaside surfing town which offers beautiful beaches, colourful hotels, independent boutiques and eco-tourist resorts. Sayulita is just 45 minutes up the coast from Puerto Vallarta which now runs direct flights to and from London.
With beautiful white beaches, great diving, bustling cities and friendly locals, The Philippines is a holiday destination not to be missed – and with direct flights from Europe, America and Australia, it’s easier to get there than ever before. What’s more, in 2015, visitors to the archipelago can enjoy festivals, street parades and tournaments, as the government is laying on an array of events to raise the country’s profile.
With so many destinations to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on just one.
What are your favorite Holiday destinations?