The average Briton’s 2015 holidays plans were revealed this week, with the survey showing that more than half of all breaks booked for this year are for holidays to Spain. The research also showed that the average Brit will take a two-week trip, while two-thirds of people will be holidaying as a couple.
The research supports our findings last November when we revealed that there had been more searches for holidays in Spain and the Canary Islands than anywhere else in the world on the Holiday Discount Centre website.
The survey shows that 58% of people going on holiday this year will be travelling to Spain, considerably more than the 17% and 16% heading to Greece and Portugal. One in five people going on holiday this year will be travelling with a group of friends, while 19% will be families travelling with children. September is the most common time to jet away, with 45% of people set to book a trip for when the school holidays are over. May and June are the next most popular months.
As Spain is so popular with Brits going on holiday, we’ve picked out some of the best places to visit in Spain and the Canary Islands.
Holidays to Costa Blanca are all about the beach – and with so many miles of sandy, sloping beaches, you really can’t go wrong. Nightlife here offers something for everyone too, with lively spots for young clubbers to karaoke and cabaret bars for the older generation. Some of the most popular resorts in the region include Alicante, Benidorm and Altea.
Over in the Canary Islands, Tenerife pretty much guarantees sunshine and warm weather at any time of year. Head to the south of the island if you’re looking for an action-packed trip with plenty of opportunities to party, or stay in the north if you’re after a more laidback break. Wondering where to go? Take a look at the resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje.
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, slightly less hardcore than some parts of Ibiza, yet a bit livelier than Menorca. Majorca offers the best of both worlds with a mixture of beautiful beaches and vibrant bars. With 18 full size courses, many people head to the island to play some golf, while there’s plenty for kids to do too including waterparks, aquariums and animal parks. Try the popular resorts of Sa Coma, Magaluf and Alcudia.
As well as being one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations, Barcelona also has a huge stretch of beach close to the centre of the city, making it perfect for both sightseeing and sun worshipping. Barcelona is full of architectural gems such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló, or if you simply want to lie back and relax, the beaches here will be right up your street. There’s also a large waterpark a little further out of the city if you fancy a day trip.
With an average temperature of 18˚C, there’s never a bad time to visit the Costa del Sol. A holiday here can be as relaxing or as action-packed as you want to make it. Wander through nature reserves, visit a water park, go dolphin or whale watching, hit the bars and clubs, play some golf or soak up the rays on the beach – the choice is yours. Resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Marbella are always popular.