Winter. Don’t you just love it? The whole season can seem like a frosty inconvenience that exists to make your teeth chatter and send you skidding on slippery pavements. Let’s face it, the fun of the festive season seems a long, long time ago and you’ve come back to reality with a bump. It’s no wonder we’re all dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes. So what better way to cheer yourselves up than by planning your next beach holiday?Spain and Portugal beach holidaysWhether you choose the rugged Algarve, the sunny Costas or one of Spain’s many islands, Spain and Portugal are pure holiday classics. Take your bucket and spade to the Costa del Sol’s sunny beach resorts. Scream your heads off in the theme parks of the Costa Dorada. Flop on the golden sands of the Costa Brava or party the night away in the Balearics. Discover the year-round sun and volcanic landscapes of the Canaries. Or fall for the Algarve’s rugged coastline and Portuguese charm. Spain and Portugal are awash with colourful culture, with wonderful cities to visit from Barcelona and Valencia to Palma and Alicante.Bulgaria beach holidaysThe new kid on the beach holiday block, Bulgaria is fast becoming a favourite for sun, sea and sand. With resort names like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands, this is the perfect place to spend sun-baked days building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. Bulgaria is known as a value for money destination and, as it’s outside the Euro zone, you’ll get even more bang for your buck. Whether you want fun in the sun and lively nightlife, or to discover stunning mountains, traditional villages and historic sights, a beach holiday to Bulgaria ticks all the right boxes.
North Africa beach holidaysIt’s hard to believe Africa’s just a short flight away, but it is. North Africa offers year-round sun, exotic culture, gorgeous beaches, sweeping deserts and ancient history. Head to Tunisia for the ruins of mighty Carthage, traditional Berber villages, warm Mediterranean shores and a landscape dotted with olive groves and citrus trees. Sultry Morocco is a riot of colour, from vibrant souks in the pink city of Marrakech, to the golden Sahara Desert and red Atlas Mountains. Egypt has it all, from world-class diving in the modern beach resorts of the Red Sea to the ancient wonders of Cairo and Luxor or the cultural thrills of a Nile cruise.Turkey beach holidaysFilling the gap between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a melting pot of cultures and civilisations. Discover ancient history in its fascinating archaeological sites, find beach heaven on the sandy shores of its Aegean and Mediterranean coasts and fall for striking scenery in its pine-clad hills and mountains. Whether you choose the areas around Bodrum, Dalaman or Antalya, you’re in for an adventure. Enjoy a very Turkish boat trip on a traditional wooden gulet or take fascinating day trips to the 3,000-year-old city of Troy or Roman ruins of Ephesus.Greece and Cyprus beach holidaysOn a holiday to Cyprus or the Greek islands, ancient history lies side by side with modern seaside resorts. Picture a beach holiday in Greece and your mind will instantly fill with whitewashed villages, traditional tavernas, secluded coves and those blue seas and skies so synonymous with Greece. Fall for the island lifestyle on beach holidays to Corfu, Crete, Halkidiki, Kos, Rhodes, Zante and more. Or choose Cyprus, one of the biggest islands in the Med, whether you want the fun-packed days and lively nights of resorts like Ayia Napa or quiet evenings in seafood restaurants and days spent exploring the historic sights of Paphos.
Italy and Malta beach holidaysAll natural beauty, bottomless history and Mediterranean charm, beach holidays to Italy and Malta are truly special. Like a hundred holiday destinations rolled into one, it’s impossible to squeeze everything into an Italian getaway. The ultimate holiday destination for many, thanks to its natural splendour and rich, rich culture, nowhere else matches Italy’s iconic treasures, from instantly recognisable artworks to much-imitated food. The little island of Malta draws visitors in with its sparkling blue sea and old-world allure. You’ll find the best diving in Europe in its clear warm waters, and thousands of years’ history in sights like Valletta’s Grand Harbour and Mdina’s citadel, a beautifully preserved medieval walled city.Banish those winter blues. Book a beach holiday at Freshholidays .com
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