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The Costas in Spain have been a hit with holidaymakers for decades, and Costa Dorada, in particular, really knows how to serve up a great summer break. The region’s got attractions for families, couples and culture vultures alike. There’s a long sandy beach in Salou backed by a bustling promenade, shops and restaurants, plus the huge PortAventura theme park is right next door. There’s also the Aquopolis Waterpark and Bonavista Market, where shoppers can snap up bargains. Want to be in the middle of all the action? Stay at the Hotel H10 Salou Princess, which is close to both the beach and PortAventura theme park. And, with Barcelona within daytripping distance, you can explore historic sights like Gaudi’s legendary Sagrada Familia.
If you’re looking for the ultimate couples’ getaway in Europe, look no further than Santorini. Dial up the romance by admiring the island’s sugar-cube towns and iconic blue-domed churches, and heading to the top of capital, Thira, to watch the sunset. If you’re into beaches, Santorini also delivers. Find a spot for your towel on the volcanic sands of Kamari, a Blue Flag beach framed by dramatic cliffs. Or, try Perissa – a seven-kilometre stretch that’s known for its huge watersports offering. When it comes to choosing where to stay, the TUI BLUE Meltemi has an al fresco yoga space, wellness classes and is right by the beach. Or there's Meltemi Excelsior Suites and Spa, which is perfect for a five-star romantic hideaway. Some rooms offer up private outdoor whirlpools and Perissa Beach is just a five-minute walk away.
Ibiza might be a haven for clubbers, but there's loads more of this Balearic beauty to explore, with hotels and attractions catering to every holidaymaker. Stick to San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa if you want to party all night. You’ve got your pick of hotels, too, from budget spots like the Hotel Brisa in San Antonio, to glam resorts like the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza. Head north if you’ve got little ones in tow. The TUI MAGIC LIFE Cala Pada lines up tonnes of activities for families, with everything from archery and beach volleyball to Nordic walking and mini-football on the agenda. Or, if you’re looking for a chilled, grown-up escape, this part of the island’s got wellness retreats and secluded coves to explore – like Portinatx, a tiny village on the island’s northern tip. Craving a luxury escape? Try the beachfront TUI SENSATORI Resort Ibiza. This place boasts six pools and restaurants and it’s in a prime spot for enjoying Ibiza’s famous sunsets.
High summer is the best time to enjoy the picture-perfect landscape on this Greek island, with everything from Cypress trees and olive groves to wild flowers and secret beaches to explore. When it comes to where to stay, Corfu is an island of two halves. The north, home to the resorts of Gouvia and San Stefanos, is a little more low-key, with secluded white-sand beaches, nature trails and family-run candlelit tavernas. Head south, meanwhile, to enjoy party town Kavos, which is packed with bars, restaurants and activities, or the resorts of Sidari and Roda, which have a few lively nightlife options of their own. There’s also Corfu Town, which lines up fortresses, ancient churches and museums. If you’re visiting the island in a big group, stay in one of the villas in our handpicked Villas Collection. Set in peaceful locations and nestled in the countryside, most of them have their own pools and sun-facing terraces for you to enjoy. And, you can take your pick from rustic retreats like Eleni Villa or big mansion-style lodges like Villa Scheria.
Croatia offers up everything from ancient sights and famous filming spots to secluded islands and an entire national park full of lakes and waterfalls. Game of Thrones fans should head to Dubrovnik to explore the walls of King’s Landing, plus visit ancient palaces and Baroque-style churches. Or, make tracks for the Istrian Riviera in the north of the country, which boasts the famous lakes and mountains of Plitvice National Park and an unspoilt shoreline. Over on the Dalmatian Coast, you can do a spot of island hopping and tick off A-list hangout Hvar, beach-filled Brac, and the old town of Makarska. Want to explore further? It’s easy to take a daytrip between the islands if you’re staying on one. When it comes to where to stay, Croatia’s got a mix of boutique hideaways and big resorts to choose from. If you’re Dubrovnik-bound, Magnolia Cottage from our Small and Friendly collection is a cosy, russet-coloured home, which boasts a near-the-beach setting, shaded terrace and traditional décor. Over on the Istrian Riviera, there's the sprawling Valamar Isabella Island Resort, which is set on a private island and features two sea-view pools, a spa and wellness centre, and four restaurants – including an à la carte number. Setting up camp in Kvarner Bay? Plump for the TUI BLUE Carolina, with its secluded location overlooking the sea.
Budget-friendly Bulgaria is fast becoming a popular UK tourist hotspot, and with its big resorts and white-sand beaches, it’s not hard to see why. The Sunny Beach region combines an eight-kilometre Blue Flag number with a lively promenade and plenty of shops and bars. Or, book a culture-packed escape to Varna, if you prefer city sights. Here you’ll find archaeological museums, monasteries, cathedrals and unique sights like a man-made cave complex built into a rock, and Ancient Roman baths dating back to the 2nd century. You can even see the oldest recorded gold treasures in the world at Varna’s Archaeological Museum. And, when it comes to places to stay, there’s a hotel for everyone. The TUI BLUE Nevis, in Sunny Beach, features a kids’ splash zone, a beachfront location and family-sized suites. Or, if you’re Varna-bound, the Lti Dolce Vita Sunshine Resort has three restaurants and three pools, plus is just a 10-minute walk from the beach.
This family-friendly hotel has had a complete makeover for 2019, so you can expect a state-of-the-art waterpark, freshly refurbished rooms and a big kids' club.
This adults-only hotel flaunts a large pool, a gourmet restaurant and sea views that are made for Instagram.
Stylish interiors, a massive sports line-up, and family-focused activities are just some of the high points at the TUI MAGIC LIFE Cala Pada.
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