5 Package holiday hotspots for 2012
Where will you spend your holidays this year?
Published 25 January 2012 in Featured Articles
2012 may have just started, but there is no time like the present to start thinking about where you’re going to spend your holidays this year. With so many cheap all inclusive holidays available we have chosen some of this year’s top getaway spots.
- Tenerife has been a favourite with holiday makers since the late nineteenth century1. The wonderful weather, sea, sun, hills and culture provide the perfect stress-free environment for those needing a well-earned break. The trendy clubs and restaurants also make it the ideal choice if you’re looking for a party-spot. There’s fun for all the family, from dolphin shows to spas and classical music festivals. If you book yourself a break in February or March, you’ll be able to watch the colourful carnival parades invading the streets, and with the stunning Masca Valley being only a short drive away, nature is on your doorstep.
- Norway offers a completely unique holiday experience. 2012 is being hyped by scientists as the best year to see the northern lights in decades3. The picturesque town of Tromsö is a good place to start, as the northern lights are often visible there, especially in February and March. It also has a cable-car that takes you to a breathtaking viewpoint. Across Norway there are exciting nature excursions available all year round, such as trips to meet the reindeer, bird watching tours and whale safaris. A mini-cruise on the Hurtigruten coastal steamer will take you into the most beautiful fjords.
- If fun is what you’re after, then a trip to Florida is the answer. Channel your inner child for a week of excitement as the sunshine state is theme-park central, with Disneyworld, Universal and Seaworld all at hand. A trip heading south to the Keys will be on the cards for diving fanatics, while beach enthusiasts will be keen to visit the Tampa bay area. Staying in one of the central resorts around Orlando is a good idea, as it will enable you to access all of the state’s attractions, such as the NASA Space Kennedy Centre. If you fancy a bit of peace and quiet after the theme-park adrenaline rush, the stunning Everglades National Park offers 2500 square miles5 of greenery.
- For easily accessible, all-inclusive mini-breaks, the Greek islands are a great bet. If you want to get away from the hordes of tourists and find a more authentic setting, why not consider the North Aegean islands? They offer gorgeous beaches, hilly landscapes and gastronomical experiences as well as typical fishing villages and spots of historical interest. You’ll be able to choose between renting a car or organized day excursions, including fishing, visiting old temples and touring the countryside. Don’t forget to visit the hot springs of Therma for a bit of pampering.
- Chic and trendy, yet affordable, Spain has plenty of options for culture loving holidaymakers. Barcelona is home to the Picasso and Joan Miro museums, and if you appreciate great architecture, make sure to check out the Guell Palace. The city is a shopaholic’s dream, with affordable chain stores and exclusive boutiques lining the streets. For the ultimate week of luxury and glamour, however, head down to Marbella, on the Costa del Sol. There are many museums, cinemas and theatres, but the town is best known for its luxury yachts lining the harbour. The rich and famous love this place for its fine wining and dining opportunities.
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