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Top 5 places to spend your Bank Holiday

Top 5 places to spend your Bank Holiday
With a long weekend on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start planning your next luxury getaway. Whether you’re in search of a luxurious retreat, a romantic escape or a family adventure, there are plenty of destinations with short flight times to choose from, perfect for maximising a bank holiday.
From tropical beaches to charming towns, there’s something for everyone. Here are some top destinations to consider for the upcoming bank holidays. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to start planning your next unforgettable getaway.
Image of the coastline of Santorini for top places to go on a bank holiday

Santorini

Santorini is a beautiful island in the southern Aegean Sea. Popular thanks to its stunning views and luxurious accommodation options, Santorini is a must visit. With picturesque villages, dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waters, Santorini is perfect for a bank holiday break.
Santorini is known for its unique culture and history being home to several ruins like the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri which was covered with ash from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. The beaches are also a popular spot here with their soft white sands and clear blue waters.
One of the best activities on the island is to watch the sun set from the village of Oia as the sky lights up in shades of red and orange over the Caldera.
Image of tall buildings next to a beach in Dubai

Dubai

In the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a luxury destination famous for its opulent accommodation, incredible landmarks and golden beaches. The city is home to some of the world’s best hotels with world renowned spas, gourmet dining options and fantastic swimming pools.
Visitors can head to the Dubai Mall which is one of the largest shopping centres in the world. Or why not visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building for a bird’s eye view across the city below.
Dubai offers a range of activities including hot air balloon rides, desert safaris and helicopter tours so you really can make the most of this incredible city in just a few days.
Image of palm trees and water in the harbour in a pretty town in Madeira

Madeira

Located off the coast of Portugal, the island of Madeira is a hidden gem that should not be missed. Home to several luxurious resorts, Madeira is known for its lush verdant greenery, spectacular coastal views and cultural scene.
The capital of the island, Funchal, is home to a number of museums and historical landmarks. The cuisine is also worth trying with lots of hearty dishes washed down with a glass of wine from the islands famous vineyards.
Monte Toboggan is one of the most famous attractions. It’s a unique and thrilling ride down the steep hills of Funchal. Visitors can also enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Pico do Arieiro, the highest peak in Madeira.
Image of boats in a harbour in a town in Croatia

Croatia

Croatia is the perfect destination for a bank holiday escape. With a stunning coastline, historic cities and breathtaking national parks, Croatia offers a unique luxury travel experience.
Head to the city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can enjoy wandering through the city’s ancient streets, stopping off at the many churches and palaces along the way. Be sure to take a short cable car ride to the top of Mount Srd for glorious views across the surrounding area and the vibrant city below.
The national parks deserve some recognition. Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park are simply stunning and offer a range of outdoor activities including hiking trails and kayaking.
Image of palm trees, a beach and boats on the water in Ibiza

Ibiza

Set in the heart of the Balearics, Ibiza is a vibrant island known for its beautiful beaches and world class nightlife. There is also a number of hidden coves to discover like Cala Bassa where you can relax on golden sands that meet clear blue waters. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip to explore the captivating coastline, feeling the wind in their hair and sunshine on their face.
Ibiza is a cultural hotspot with Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring ancient churches, walls and fortresses. Be sure to pay a visit to Las Dalias hippie market where you’ll find a range of unique, handmade products.
Image of a sunset over a beach and the sea

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