Spain has swathes of beaches on offer. Whether you opt for the Costas or the Canary Islands, you won’t be short on sunbathing spots. Benidorm in the Costa Blanca has three Blue Flag beaches to choose from, each offering something different. Meanwhile, Balearic Island Ibiza has sandy spots like Cala Llonga beach, where you can rent pedalos and go diving. Or, if city living is more your style, in the Costa Brava you get access to both beautiful beaches and to Barcelona, which shows off Spain’s traditional side – from tapas bars to swanky boutiques.
There are plenty of holiday spots in Portugal, but the Floating Garden, otherwise known as the island of Madeira, is one of the prettiest. This slice of tranquillity off the mainland is a mixture of old town charm and rural beauty. Capital Funchal offers up Colonial buildings, winding cobblestone streets filled with family-run shops, and a pretty marina. Expect villages lined with brightly-coloured flowers, and some of the best surfing opportunities around.
The Acropolis in Athens might be the most famous ancient monument around, but the Greek islands are overflowing with historic landmarks, too. The Palace of Knossos in Crete was the home of King Minos, who features in the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, while Rhodes is home to The Temple of Apollo. Back on the mainland in the Peloponnese region you can visit Olympia, where the first ever Olympic Games was held in 776 BC. There are temples dedicated to Zeus and his wife Hera here, too.
If you enjoy keeping active on holiday, consider Croatia. This spot on the Adriatic is full of cobbled seaside towns and pebbled beaches, as well as Medieval cities like Dubrovnik. But away from the picturesque coastline, Croatia’s mountainous interior has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. At Plitvice Lakes National Park you’ll find sixteen lakes connected by waterfalls, and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife including wild cats. Meanwhile, the Istrian Riviera has some of the best cycling in the country, and keen climbers can test their skills in Paklenica National Park.
The TUI SENSATORI Atlantica Caldera Palace is well-versed in the art of indulgence. Everything from meals to spa treatments are served with a touch of classic, Greek style.
The stylish Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve's set on the peaceful outskirts of town, and comes with panoramic views of a sandy 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.
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