Summer holidays 2020: The best deals & destinations
Summer is one of the best times of the year to travel—you get to enjoy warm weather, plenty of festivals, outdoor bars and cafes, and long days of hiking through nature or wandering through cities. Maybe you want to try your first glamping trip, travel somewhere exciting with a group of friends, take a family trip abroad, or even just plan a "staycation" in the U.K. We've got deals to all your favourite destinations, from dreamy beach hangouts in Mallorca to last-minute city breaks in France. You may even find some deals to places you never dreamed of going—but this summer is your chance.
A word to the wise: July and August are some of the most popular times to travel, so it's worth trying to book an early bird holiday before prices increase. Browse our latest offers and find the one that's right for you.
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The best destinations for summer holidays in the UK
If you don’t fancy heading off abroad for your summer holiday then don’t worry, the UK has you covered. We have everything you could need right here for a great summer getaway including cities, quirky towns and villages, seaside breaks, theme parks, holiday camps, canals trips and relaxing wellness and spa breaks to name a few, along with a wide range of accommodations to pick from at many locations.
As well as all the shops, bars, restaurants,theatres and comedy clubs, London also has many things to do that are better in the summer than in the winter. There is a choice of outdoor swimming pools, some heated, some not and even open lakes you can swim in.
During the beautiful weather London enjoys in the summer you can either jump on a train and head to the coast for the dayat the beach or take advantage of city beaches put together during the warmer season.
Another great idea to enjoy the outdoors during your summer holiday in London is to take a picnic to one of the many gorgeous parks.
Also, in London, in the summer months you will find outdoor gigs such as British Summer Time Hyde Park and Westend Live where you can enjoy 2 days of free theatre shows in Trafalgar Square.
There is also London Zoo which is worth a visit, and a must see we think, is a visit to the one and only Buckingham Palace which is only open for a limited time from July onwards.
The Scottish capital is the place to be in the summer as the city really comes alive. Edinburgh Festival is the largest Art’s festival in the world and lasts from July through to the end of August, ending with a spectacular fireworks display.
Edinburgh festival provides 1000’s of events for you to choose from, from comedy, theatre, music, spoken word, improv and more.
As well as the events you can attend, there will be outdoor bars set up with live music, street performers, street food to name a few.
Apart from the festival, Edinburgh has loads of attractions on offer, it’s big on shopping with a choice of Harry Potter shops, bars and a number of theatres.
Edinburgh has such an interesting history and you can learn about the secret street under the city ‘Mary Kings Close', see Edinburgh Castle, head to the Dungeons, do a ghost tour and take ghost bus around town.
If you are an animal lover, Edinburgh is the only zoo in the UK which houses pandas and koala bears.
3. Lake District
The Lake District is a popular destination, the weather should hopefully be on the nicer side in the summer months and you can get back to nature. The Lake District has many different types of accommodation you can choose from depending on the type of holiday you are after. There are many glamping sites, camp sites, quirky accommodations, hotels and spa breaks just to name a few.
Hiking is a very popular activity when visiting the Lake District, head to the Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre in the Ennerdale Valley, see stunning Lake Buttermere or check out Muncaster Castle if you dare as it is known for being haunted.
If you are looking for a break in Cornwall you will find stunning locations, a beautiful coast line and absolutely amazing beaches. The south coast should be high up on your list if it is a beach break you are after, coupled with countryside you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
As far as accommodation goes, Cornwall has lots of different types to choose from including hotels, b&b, private houses and cottages, glamping, lodges and even tree houses.
Depending on your price range you can book a great break, some with an awesome choice of amenities like outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs.
For a summer holiday in the UK don’t forget about one of the cutest cities ‘York’. York is easily reached from all parts of the UK and has so much on offer for you throughout your stay.
Take a trip to York Cathedral, the Railway Museum, Castle Museum or the Viking Centre for some fun as well as education. If being scared is your thing then heading to the York Dungeons is a must, and we highly suggest taking part in a walking ghost tour.
Summer is a great time to visit York, enjoy a refreshing beverage in a beer garden or check out the quirky shops down one of the many cobbled streets.
The best destinations for summer holidays abroad
If you are looking to get away from it all, then here are our suggestions for the perfect summer holiday destination abroad. While a summer staycation can offers endless variety, one thing you just can't rely on is guarnateed sun! Luckily that's not the case elsewhere. Here's our pick for summer sun and peak-season holidays that can still be found at cheap prices.
A light backpack and 2-hour flight from London will see you in Croatia’s capital of Zagreb. Croatia is home to some of the best beaches in Europe and equally competes for the top spot in the category of best scenery.
Ideal for travellers of all kinds, the country offers you its splendid beaches and rooftops in Dubrovnik and UNESCO world heritage sites in Split. A range of summer activities can be found in Croatia – from scuba diving and bungee jumping to paragliding and windsurfing. There‘s something for everyone!
Tips for Croatia: Walk around Dubrovnik to experience the real-life King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, explore Krka National Park and participate in the many activities on offer at all the major beaches .
2. The Algarve
The Algarve is historically one of the best summer holidays destinations. Characterised by an overwhelming selection of islands, places to stay, monuments to visit and the famous peri-peri chicken, it is guaranteed to take your breath away and make for an unforgettable summer.
A 3-hour flight from London gets you to Faro airport and sets you in front of some lush beaches, with a superb mixture of bird watching, wine tasting, and Moorish enclaves you will not run out of things to do.
Tips for Algarve: Stay in the popular cities of Faro or Lagos for the full Portuguese experience. Visit some of the beaches, go for a boat excursion along the coast and don’t forget to visit the Castle of Silves.
It doesn’t even have to be summer for you to take a holiday in this magical place. Marrakesh welcomes you in with its warmth, colours and aromatic flavours that would put the summer spring back in your step. Indulge in the country‘s history and try the traditional cuisine that will awaken your taste buds.
Lose yourself in the alleyways of the Medina, the old town, and explore the souks of Marrakesh. Souks are ancient Arab markets where you can haggle with the local traders for everything from clothes and jewellery to traditional ornaments.
Tips for Marrakesh: Grab a bargain at the Jemaa el-Fnaa market, visit the Bahia Palace and explore the Atlas Mountains with one of the many day trips available from the locals.
Our all-time favourite island and home to the British reality show Love Island, Majorca has consistently been the go-to destination for summer holidays. Located on the Balearic sea in the Mediterranean, this Spanish island offers sandy beaches, Roman ruins and resorts that will leave you relaxed and ready to tackle the winter.
Majorca is ideal for a family holiday and offers several options for accommodating large groups. The island has an amazing, romantic setup that is ideal for couples but as a solo traveller the island loves you back through friendly locals and welcoming bars and restaurants.
Tips for Majorca: Visit the Drach caves and explore their mysterious waters. Visit Cala Millor for the vibrant nightlife, romantic settings and the beach
There are loads of resorts and towns in Turkey that make it a great choice for an affordable summer holiday. You'll find culture, architecture and even beaches in Antalya. If it's natural beauty you're after then check out the Dalaman area.
Bodrum is a great choice for families. You'll find golden beaches and hidden coves in crystal clear waters. There are also some great day trip options such as the Bodrum castle. The flight time is rather long at around 5 hours and temperatures can be very high.
Tips for Turkey: Istanbul has a little bit of everything. From history and culture, like the Sultan Ahmed mosque, and even beaches that are near to the city.