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Spain has long been a favourite of British holidaymakers, and it remains the UK’s number one holiday destination. In particular, the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca are perennial big-hitters, along with Canary Islands such as Tenerife and the beautiful lesser-known La Gomera and La Palma. Other great beach destinations on the mainland include the Costa de la Luz and Catalonia.
Northern Spain is overlooked by most tourists, even though it combines magnificent empty beaches with rolling countryside, mountains, medieval towns and buzzing cities. It’s authentic, great value and the food is superb.
There’s a lot more to Spain than beaches. There are great walking holidays and cycling in Catalonia. The rise of low-cost airlines has made it easy to enjoy city breaks in the likes of Palma and Seville – both of which are rich in culture.
Find more holiday ideas in Spain, and an extensive guide to the best family holidays in Spain.
2. Greek Island
Gorgeous beaches and clear blue seas tempt thousands of British families to the Greek islands every year.
These are not the islands’ only selling points, though.
There is also something for everyone, with Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos offering plenty to see and do and quieter islands such as Zante and Kefalonia providing a beautiful backdrop for more relaxing getaways.
With the Greek economy suffering, families on a budget should also be able to take advantage of some great discounts and special offers.
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If budget is an issue, then a cottage break in north Devon is the perfect getaway for a young couple looking for some fun and relaxation. The north coast of Devon boasts some of the best surf spots and beaches in the country and is a great place to go for a short or long beach break. Prices are reasonable, and you can stay in a cost cottage with a warm fire.
The relationship between the British and French has had its ups and downs over the years, but our love of all things French shows no sign of abating. From the Channel ports to the islands of the Mediterranean, Francophiles are never short of new destinations to discover.Among our favourite holidays in France are the beaches of Corsica and Ile de Ré. You can go cycling in the French countryside, take a cooking course or spend a few days in Paris.
If you’re looking for an excuse to crack open a few bottles, take a wine tour or a champagne weekend. Or relax and watch the countryside roll by on a luxury hotel barge with gourmet meals, fine wines and excursions all included. Destinations include Burgundy, Provence and Gascony.There are few better ways to enjoy the French countryside than in your own villa with private pool – our favourite spots include the Vendée, the Dordogne and Provence.In the French Alps you can ski on a budget, or with the family, and the mountains also make a great destination in summer. You can rent a French chateau and even in winter you’ll find long days of sunshine on the Cote d’Azur, where you can enjoy the timeless beauty of Nice.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and SeaWorld make Orlando the first port of call for many families heading to Florida.
There is much more to the Sunshine State than theme parks, though.
Once the kids have raced, laughed and shrieked their way around the main attractions, there are clean, sandy beaches, buzzing cities such as Miami and wildlife parks to explore too.
Getting around is easy in a hired car, and a multi-base trip is a great way to see a lot in a short time.
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Rome remains one of the most exciting cities in the world and is perfect for a city break for a couple. There’s the beautiful Vatican City to explore, the ancient remains of Roman civilisation, food to die for, and a relaxed laid-back atmosphere. The nightlife is exciting and diverse, and the city just oozes romance with its fountains, architecture, and stunning art and parks.
7. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the ideal choice for families seeking a taste of the exotic – especially with British Airways launching new flights via Male.
The stunning island, famous for its palm-lined beaches, also offers great value for money.
Cheapand tasty food is readily available, kids will love visits to tea plantations and mystical temples, and mementoes such as textiles and hand carvings are well priced.
For a family holiday of a lifetime, why not split your time between Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean atolls of the Maldives?
8. Cape Verde
Breaks for couples to Cape Verde give you sun, subtropical weather, and lovely warm waters lapping gently on sprawling sandy beaches. The islands have a wonderful landscape and a culture much less party oriented than the Balearic Islands. Cape Verde gives a couple a real escape from reality and the perfect chance to indulge yourself in pampering and luxury.
No city break in the world is as romantic and exciting for young couples as Paris. If you’ve never been before, it’s the best romantic destination in the world with the Eiffel Tower, the beautiful Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame, the luxurious Seine, world-famous cuisine, and incredible art museums.
Direct charter flights that make short work of the long-haul trip have made Mexico increasingly popular with British families over the last few years.
The American influence in the resort of Cancun means great service and lots of child-friendly food options, while the Caribbean location provides picture-postcard beaches and deliciously warm water.
There is also no shortage of activities, with historic Aztec sites such as Chichen Itza nearby and a Wet ‘n Wild park in Cancun itself.
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