top 10 holiday destinations

By Mark Hodson

What are the preferred vacation locations and the place will folks be travelling in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic? Our workforce of editors decide the nations that can bounce again first and be hottest for British travellers. We additionally embody the newest Authorities knowledge on the numbers of UK guests travelling overseas.

In case you are travelling with kids, see the High 10 household locations.

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    1. 1. Spain

Spain has lengthy been a favorite of British holidaymakers, and it stays the UK’s primary vacation vacation spot. Specifically, the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca are perennial big-hitters, together with Canary Islands equivalent to Tenerife and the lesser-known La Gomera and La Palma. Different nice seaside locations on the mainland embody the Costa de la Luz and Catalonia.

Northern Spain is missed by many vacationers, though it combines magnificent empty seashores with rolling countryside, mountains, medieval cities and buzzing cities. It’s genuine, nice worth and the meals is great. See the very best locations to remain.

There’s much more to Spain than seashores. Attempt a strolling vacation or a wine and gastronomy break or a biking vacation. Hottest metropolis breaks embody Palma and Seville.

Discover extra vacation concepts in Spain, plus the most popular areas of Spain and our information to the very best household holidays in Spain.

    1. 2. France

The connection between the British and French has had its ups and downs through the years, however our love of all issues French exhibits no signal of abating. From the Channel ports to the islands of the Mediterranean, Francophiles are by no means wanting new locations to find.

Amongst our favorite holidays in France are the seashores of Corsica and backroads biking. If you wish to crack open a number of bottles, loosen up and watch the countryside roll by, you possibly can board a luxurious barge with connoisseur meals, superb wines and excursions included.

There are few higher methods to benefit from the French countryside than in your individual villa with non-public pool – our favorite locations embody the Dordogne, Provence and the Côte d’Azur.

Within the French Alps you may ski on a price range, or with a household specialist, and the mountains additionally make an excellent vacation spot for a summer season exercise vacation. You’ll be able to lease a chateau or take in the sunshine and glamour in Good.

Discover extra vacation concepts in France, and the very best household vacation locations in France.

    1. 3. Greece

Holidays in Greece are all about simplicity. It’s the whitewashed villas, the pleasant tavernas, the recent solar and blue seas that carry us again yr after yr. Even Greek meals is a masterpiece of simplicity, each conventional and wholesome.

It’s the islands that entice essentially the most guests. Corfu’s villas by no means lose their enchantment. When you’re in search of the quintessential small Greek island, we advocate Paxos, which has no airport and is a superb place for lazy days, boat journeys and wonderful villas.

When you fancy being extra energetic, attempt Mark Warner’s new Paleros Seaside Resort with water sports activities included. If you would like a luxurious all-inclusive lodge, attempt the IKOS group.

Crete is the biggest and arguably essentially the most fascinating of the islands. Steer away from the cheesy resorts and lease one in all these fashionable homes or household villas.

Discover extra vacation areas in Greece and the most popular Greek islands.

    1. 4. Nice Britain

No listing of vacation locations for UK travellers could be full with out mentioning our personal nice nation: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Eire.

The UK’s hottest vacationer locations embody London, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, the Lake District, the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, East Anglia, Sussex and Scotland.

Within the English countryside you may lease a Downton Abbey-style historic home sleeping 6 – 60 folks. Good for birthdays or anniversaries.

In Scotland you may lease a fortress, take a whisky tour, journey a steam prepare on the West Highland Line or go to the island of Mull to see minke whales, otters, seals and porpoises.

Discover extra UK vacation locations.

    1. 5. Italy

Historical tradition, nice seashores, implausible meals and charming folks – it’s no shock that so many people determine to vacation in Italy. Our editors persistently fee it the most effective summer season vacation locations in Europe. Italy has additionally managed to maintain an infection charges down and stays on the “inexperienced” listing.

For a style of los angeles dolce vita, head to the great cities of Rome, Florence and Venice – for an additional sprint of old-school glamour, you may even journey to Venice on the Orient-Categorical. For a calming keep within the countryside or near a seaside, lease a villa with non-public pool.

Seaside lovers might be blown away by the 500 miles of shoreline encasing Puglia within the south, to not point out the standard structure and terrific meals and wine. Tuscany is deservedly common however you may nonetheless escape the crowds by renting a villa.

The Italian Lakes attracted a few of the first package deal vacationers from the UK and so they proceed to be common for his or her stunning setting, mountain views and nice transport hyperlinks for visiting native sights.

The lesser-known space of Le Marche presents the whole lot you’ll anticipate from Italy – nice seashores, historic palaces and galleries filled with masterpieces. The island of Sicily combines historic websites with a stunning shoreline and good-value locations to remain, whereas Sardinia has the nation’s greatest seashores, and the Amalfi Coast is a implausible base from which to go to Sorrento, Capri, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.

If you would like an skilled information readily available, be part of one in all these great-value escorted excursions to Italy.

Extra about vacation locations in Italy.

    1. 6. Turkey

When it comes to worth, Turkey has benefited from its exclusion from the Eurozone. Though it suffers from inflation and isn’t as low cost it was 20 years in the past, it nonetheless compares favourably to its western neighbours. And the meals is great.

With its countless Aegean shoreline, Turkey has a few of Europe’s best seashores, a lot of which stay comparatively unspoilt. And also you’re not often removed from an impressive Roman destroy or majestic mosque. If you wish to escape the package deal hordes, the very best small resorts embody Kalkan, Kas, Akyaka  and Dalyan. You too can discover the shoreline on a gulet cruise. For an unique quick break, you may’t beat Istanbul.

See our full information to the very best locations to vacation in Turkey and extra holidays outdoors the Eurozone.

    1. 7. Portugal

Portugal is a perennial favorite with British guests and it’s simple to see why. It has historic cities, nice meals, superb countryside, wonderful seashores and pleasant folks. It’s additionally good worth.

The Algarve is a agency favorite though extra guests are actually discovering the unspoilt charms of the Alentejo (the place many Portuguese go on vacation).

Portugal’s islands are nicely value exploring. Madeira has thrown off its fuddy-duddy picture and now has some beautifully-restored quintas (historic homes) in addition to luxurious five-star inns. The Azores rank among the many world’s greatest locations for whale and dolphin recognizing and supply nice biking routes. See extra locations in Portugal.

    1. 8. Croatia

The pristine shoreline of Croatia is among the many most stunning on the planet – and one of many least spoilt in Europe. It’s nonetheless good worth in comparison with different Mediterranean nations.

Both keep in one of many stunning resorts that dot the shoreline, or head out to one of many many islands that lay off the coast. Hvar is an actual stunner, simply reached by ferry from Cut up.

The historic metropolis of Dubrovnik has been fantastically restored in recent times. Initially constructed by the Venetians, the Pearl of the Adriatic has nice meals and is a superb base from which to take the ferry to surrounding islands.

Additionally, think about neighbouring Montenegro which is superb worth. Although tiny – half the scale of Wales – it’s one in all Europe’s quickest rising vacation locations. Many guests fly into Dubrovnik and take the half-hour drive throughout the border. See the very best locations to remain.

    1. 9. USA

America is the preferred long-haul vacation spot for British holidaymakers and it’s not onerous to see why. The USA has a formidable variety of landscapes, iconic cultural sights, pleasant folks and scrumptious meals. Though it’s at the moment on the banned listing, it invariably bounces again in type.

New York is an apparent start line, a 24/7 hit of street-level thrills and excessive tradition. You’ll be able to arrive on a Transatlantic cruise, or keep on a working ranch.

The final word wilderness journey? It’s bought to be Alaska the place you’ll find eight Nationwide Parks, half the world’s glaciers and the second greatest rainforest after Amazonia. The wildlife on supply contains grizzly bears, sea lions, puffins and whales. Do this Final Alaska Wildlife Safari.

Discover extra holidays in America and the very best time of yr to go to.

    1. 10. Thailand

Thailand, the Land of Smiles, continues its meteoric rise from backpackers’ haven to mainstream vacation favorite. The enchantment is clear: stunning countryside and seashores, nice meals, pleasant folks and low costs. However Thailand additionally has a singular cultural heritage, infused by Buddhist beliefs. And Bangkok, the capital, fizzes with power.

It’s the islands that entice essentially the most consideration, nevertheless, with Phuket bringing in most guests. A few of its inns are world class. Not distant, within the Gulf of Siam, Koh Samui has some pleasant small luxurious inns, and its neighbour Koh Phangan is on the up.

For a contact of opulence, e book a berth on the Jap & Oriental Categorical because it rides between Bangkok and Singapore.

If you would like greater than seashores, see these tailored vacation concepts, together with journeys designed for foodies and households and the possibility to kayak at sundown and discover Khao Sok Nationwide Park.

See extra low cost lengthy haul locations.

Simply outdoors the highest 10…

The Arabian Gulf is a fast-growing vacation spot served by many wonderful airways and providing assured winter solar. The glittering metropolis of Dubai is a confirmed winner and lots of vacationers are actually discovering its neighbour Abu Dhabi which has some astonishing beachfront inns. For an intense hit of tradition and journey, head over the border into the Sultanate of Oman.

The expansion of the Maldives exhibits no signal of slowing. With every resort on a personal island, it’s clearly an excellent vacation spot for honeymoons, however can also be changing into identified for household holidays. See our decide of the very best island resorts.

Though it doesn’t rank amongst the preferred vacation locations, it’s not possible to disregard India for its sheer sensory overload, astonishing variety, pure magnificence and cultural wealth. You can marvel on the cultural treasures of the Golden Triangle or tour the beguiling southern state of Kerala. The rise in reputation of Japan has been unstoppable.

The historic treasures of Egypt are timeless and the easiest way to discover them is on a Nile Cruise. Float in luxurious between the temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and the nice dam at Aswan. The capital Cairo is house to the Egyptian Museum the place you may see King Tutankhamen’s stable gold loss of life masks, and simply outdoors the town are the Pyramids and Sphinx.

For reasonable long-haul sunshine, Mexico and Cuba are agency favourites.

South America is part of the world that many Brits barely know, but it’s wealthy in tradition, seashores, journey, has implausible meals and wine, nice locations to remain, vibrant cities and pristine wilderness. See our information to the very best vacation locations in South America.

If you realize while you need to journey, click on on a month for my detailed ideas: January, February, March, April, Could, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

In case your focus is on discovering the very best climate, you’ll find the place’s scorching in January, February, March, April, Could, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

See some uncommon vacation concepts, and our decide of the very best summer season honeymoon locations.

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In accordance with the newest authorities statistics, UK residents made 47 million leisure visits overseas in 2019. This excludes enterprise journey. Of that determine, 47.9 million visits had been to nations in Europe (44.5 million to EU nations) and three.1 million had been to North America.

The chart beneath exhibits the 20 most visited nations by UK vacationers in 2019, with figures in hundreds. These are all leisure visits, and exclude enterprise journeys.

Nation Visits (hundreds)
Spain 15,836
France 7,123
Italy 3,547
Greece 3,087
USA 2,899
Portugal 2,676
Netherlands 2,157
Turkey 1,756
Irish Republic 1,528
Germany 1,354
Belgium 1,072
Cyprus 878
United Arab Emirates 846
Poland 819
Malta 725
Morocco 680
Mexico 653
Switzerland 620
Austria 554
Czech Republic 541

Final up to date: 1 October 2020

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