You probably don’t need another excuse to jet off on holiday, but here’s a really good one – the pound is at a seven-year high against euro. It means your hard-earned cash goes further. Here’s where we’d spend it…
There’s been a real slump in the pound to euro conversion rate over the last few years – meaning we didn’t get as much holiday spending money as we’d like. But the good news is, £1 now gets you 1.40 in euros for the first time since December 2007. It means £100 buys an extra 22 euros, compared with this time last year. Basically, there’s never been a better time to jet off for a short-haul sunshine break in the euro-zone. Here’s where we recommend you splash the extra cash…
Famed for its dramatic coastline and secluded bays, now’s the ideal time to go beach-hopping in the Algarve. Whether you want a quiet getaway with oodles of freshly-caught seafood for supper, or to sample the Portuguese nightlife, there’s a resort to suit all tastes. Albufeira is the most popular holiday hotspot – with its enticing mix of cobbled streets, powdery beaches and lively bars.
With 320 days of sunshine – it’s no wonder millions of holidaymakers flock to the Costa Del Sol each year. Book a trip now, before the peak holiday season, and you’ll not only be able to spend your extra euros on sangria, you can beat the crowds, too. Head to Marbella for the TOWIE treatment – think swanky beach clubs and magnums of Champagne. After something more low key? Benalmadena, with its whitewashed old town, is perfect for a romantic retreat.
The largest of the Greek islands has tonnes to offer – Blue Flag beaches, charming fishing villages and miles of unspoilt scenery. The cosmopolitan towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda are heaven for shoppers and sunbathers, while history-buffs can head to the Heraklion and explore the crumbling palace of Knossos. Wherever you end up, with extra cash to splash, you’ll enjoy a never ending spread of falafel, ouzo and tzatziki.
If you’re running low on Camembert and Champagne – now’s the best time to skip across the pond and replenish your dwindling stocks. And while you’re there, you might as well make a weekend break of it and pack in some sights. Go to those Parisian galleries you missed the first time around, or head further south to St Tropez for a sunshine break with the celebs. Don’t forget your shades.
Families, couples and clubbers – Cyprus has something for everyone. If you’re a sun-worshipper, you’ll find beaches littered with fig-trees and seafront bars to duck into, or head inland to the Troodos Mountains to explore sleepy, picturesque towns. After dark, the island comes to life, and Ayia Napa is the place to be for beach parties, superclubs and dancing till dawn. And the best bit? Those fruity cocktails are, effectively, cheaper than ever.
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Author: Selina Akhtar
Published: March 11, 2015
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