If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, be inspired by these beautiful, exciting and diverse holiday hotspots. From old favourites to up-and-coming destinations, you’ll find something for everyone in our six of the best summer getaways destinations…
Five years on from the devastating earthquake that killed up to 220,000 people, tourism is just beginning its slow recovery at Haiti. Several tour operators are now running trips to Haiti, the world’s largest Creole country where you can expect classic Caribbean beaches, dazzling bird life, and the largest fortress in the Americas. It’s Latin America with an African twist.
There’s a definite buzz around Belgium these days. Not only does 2015 mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and with it a new memorial, but Mons is the joint European Capital of Culture (with Pilsen in the Czech Republic) with lots of exciting events, festivals and new museums to mark the occasion. Wander through medieval old towns and Flemish Renaissance architecture, and, of course, don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to a Belgian chocolatier!
3 THE AZORES
These remote, far-flung Portuguese islands have always been pricey to get to from the UK, but with Ryanair’s latest low-cost flights to the Azores, the dramatic , volcanic landscapes and fishing villages are more accessible than ever before this season. You’ll have to wait until next year for the annual blue whale migration (March-April) but you can always feast your eyes on the beautiful gardens and indulge in a spot of bird watching while you holiday there this summer.
Why bother hopping on to an aeroplane or a ferry when there’s so much happening right on your very own doorstep? Head to Dorset which is enjoying a renaissance at the moment, whether that’s down to the ‘Broadchurch’ phenomena or the new Thomas Hardy trail map or simply because it’s a beautiful part of the world. Then there’s the Rugby World Cup taking place in 10 host cities throughout England and Wales this autumn while history lovers should head for Salisbury which has a key role in the celebrations for the 800th year of the Magna Carta. Something for everyone…
5 LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS
I’ve always been drawn to the year-round warmth, volcanic beauty and fabulous surf at Lanzarote but now I’m even more desperate to visit this Canary Island as Brit artist Jason de Caires Taylor is about to unveil Europe’s first underwater museum, Museo Atlantico, in a sheltered bay near Playa Blanca. When it’s finished you’ll be able to swim and snorkel among the large-scale installations and sculptures (there are more than 300 of them) or drink in the spectacle from a glass-bottomed boat.
6 BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
If you have time on your hands, try somewhere further afield such as Brisbane which is transforming into Australia’s hippest city. This modern Queensland capital is now home to trendy hotel openings, chic, riverside restaurants and flamboyant, eclectic bars with live music and over 100 rye whiskies to sample. Okay, so our summer is their winter, but the city is packed with an array of festivals, great eateries, street markets and shops even if the climate is a little crisp and cool.
Where are you planning to head off to this summer? We’d love you to share it with us and hear your tips on the best summer getaway for 2015…
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