Now that 2016 is firmly upon us, we’re all starting to think about where we would like to go on holiday. Whether you prefer exploring quirky European cities or catching some rays on the beach, we’ve got all the info you need in our list of this year’s best holiday spots.
Holidays to Madeira are all about relaxing and enjoying the panoramic seascapes and diverse terrain. Portugal has always been a firm, family-favourite destination, but its small island of Madeira is sometimes (oddly) overlooked. Found basking in year-round sunshine off the north-west coast of Africa, it makes for an ideal getaway for the entire family — although it’s particularly popular for some guaranteed winter sun.
To escape the icy winter winds without flying halfway around the world, there’s no place like Madeira.
Where Africa meets Europe and antiquity greets today, Sicily sits at the crossroads of ancient civilisations and geographical diversity. At the bottom of Italy’s boot awaits a rolling landscape of history and culture. From the Norman Palace and the Greek amphitheatre, to Byzantine mosques and Roman ruins; Sicily has retained its dramatic past for the travellers of today.
Romantics, history buffs and lovers of ceaseless luxury adore Sicily.
Chances are, Latvia probably doesn’t spring to mind when thinking of a holiday destination. But it is truly a hidden gem. Neighbour to Lithuania and Estonia, Latvia lies on the Baltic Sea in northern Europe, providing warm summers and cool, sometimes snowy, winters. This year, Latvia is celebrating its 25th year of independence, and the country’s rich history has produced beautiful buildings and fairy-tale surroundings for us to admire today.
On top of this, Riga and the surrounding towns provide vibrant nightlife spots with old-style beer halls, stylish skyline bars and buzzing nightclubs perfect for a party on a budget.
For a great-value European break this year, travel to Latvia for a holiday with a difference.
After being voted the best value-for-money destination for 2016, Estonia is the ideal place to visit if you’re looking for a bargain break! Made up of more than 1,500 islands, Estonia is littered with rocky beaches, emerald forests and vast lakes. Through the high-walled centre, you will find the petite capital of Tallinn with its cobbled streets, historic churches, and quaint shops and cafes.
Whether layered with snow or drenched in sunshine, Estonia is always a picturesque location.
Head to dazzling Denmark this year to experience the cool capital of Copenhagen, a must for food-lovers and culture vultures. The famously clean and tidy Copenhagen has flourished in recent years and has become an increasingly popular short-haul destination, thanks to its quirky architecture, mouth-watering cuisine, fantastic beer, and vibrant nightlife scene. With new flights from Bristol in 2016, it is now even easier to visit this impressive city!
Travel to Copenhagen with ease for a truly diverse taste of Scandinavia.
With unspoilt beaches and turquoise waters, Cape Verde has been dubbed the African Caribbean. It’s fast becoming a desirable destination for holidaymakers. Throughout summer 2016, there are new flights from Bristol and Glasgow to Cape Verde’s most popular island, Sal, meaning you can now easily travel to this beautiful island. It’s predicted that the destinations popularity will continue to soar. With gorgeous year-round sunshine, it’s easy to see why Cape Verde is the perfect setting for a beach holiday.
Stunning golden-sand beaches line each island with azure seas and spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean — setting the perfect scene for an all-year, exotic getaway.
Cuba is home to miles of white-sand beaches and tranquil turquoise waters, perfect for those seeking sun in 2016. If lounging by the beach isn’t your thing, then Havana is the place for you. Tourism is booming in Cuba and this year will see new, chic hotels opening up across the island.
The north coast of Cuba is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Cayo Coco Beach is a petite island providing the perfect spot for snorkelling or scuba diving, with its sparkling waters and unspoiled coral reefs. Varadero Beach is lined with water sport facilities including windsurfing, jet skiing and surfing. Located on a narrow peninsula, it provides a peaceful escape from the busy town.
Experience Cuba’s well-known and loved stereotypes and think vintage cigars, salsa dancers and Che Guevara — the country’s icon.
Rio de Janeiro
All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro this year as it hosts the Summer Olympics. You thought you’d seen it all after the 2014 Brazil World Cup, but raving Rio is ready to party again! Major improvements have taken place across the region, making it the perfect holiday destination this year. Whether you’d prefer to lounge on the iconic Copacabana Beach, head up the Corcovado mountain and see the spectacular Christ the Redeemer, or spend the night samba dancing; there’s no doubt that Rio de Janeiro will be out to impress in 2016.
Don’t miss out on the party this year in Rio de Janeiro.
As Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom celebrates its 45th birthday, this year is the year to visit. Plan your dream holiday to Orlando and enjoy themed hotels, magical parks, child-focussed entertainment, and world-famous attractions.
There are new things popping up left right and centre in 2016 across some of Orlando’s best theme parks; including Disney’s ‘Frozen Ever After’ at EPCOT and King Kong at Universal Orlando Resort. Make childhood dreams come true and meet beloved characters such as Mickey Mouse on Main Street USA and Cinderella in her captivating, magic castle. Watch the park come alive as the parades march by the crowds of enchanted faces every day.
Orlando Florida is definitely the place to be this year. An ideal climate, fantastic entertainment and special Disney anniversary make it the ultimate family destination.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is perfect for combining a modern city break with a dreamy beach holiday. Abu Dhabi has it all: top-notch golf courses, water parks, high-class shopping malls, golden-sand beaches, and an impressive skyline of towering skyscrapers that you can see from miles around. The city’s warm climate peaks in the middle of the year — between June and September, temperatures shoot above 35 degrees!
In 2016, the city will see the opening of a landmark art gallery, Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is a must for any visitors. The unique building consists of a futuristic dome appearing to float above a lake, and has been tipped as a cultural game-changer for the Middle East.
For the ultimate city-break experience steeped in culture and sunshine, try Abu Dhabi.
That’s our list of top places to venture this year. Pop into any of our branches or search online to find out what deals we have available and get booked up soon!