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If you’ve been slogging away at work recently, you might have come to the conclusion that now’s the perfect time to start thinking about your next holiday. Indeed, it’s tempting to start dreaming of lazing around on the beach and soaking up a few rays when the weather here in Britain is so chilly and unpleasant. Still, it’s always worth taking the opportunity to get away from it all when the opportunity arises – the daily grind can really start to wear you down after a while – and with so many different destinations to choose from, selecting just one can seem like a bit of a dilemma. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best holiday destinations for 2013.
The Mediterranean has long been a firm favourite among visitors from Britain and further afield, and while the charms of the Costa Blanca and the Algarve remain as alluring as they’ve ever been, 2013 could be the ideal time to explore somewhere new. Turkey is continuing to grow in popularity as a tourist destination, and its Aegean coast has some outstanding scenery to explore. Venturing off the beaten track is very much worthwhile when you visit the Aegean coast, and there are a number of outstanding boutique hotels in the area.
Croatia also seems to be becoming increasingly popular among tourists with each year that passes. The Croatian coastline really has to be seen to be believed, and it’s also well worth exploring the stunning island of Hvar, which is just a short ferry ride away from Split. Despite the ongoing economic difficulties in Greece, the country remains a truly outstanding holiday destination. When you visit Greece, you’ll soon realise just what it is that keeps visitors coming back year after year. Not only are spectacular scenery and great weather guaranteed, but you’re also assured a warm welcome. Perhaps a visit to the sleepy islands of Paxos and Alonissos is in order. Their unique rustic charm makes them great places to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
Italy is another destination that everyone should endeavour to visit at least once. The allure of Italy remains as strong as it’s ever been and the rolling hills and beautiful lakes of Umbria are sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone fortunate enough to see the region up close. The Amalfi Coast embodies that classic Italian glamour the country is so synonymous with around the world, while the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are home to some truly wonderful beaches. If you fancy getting some sand between your toes, you might struggle to find anywhere better.
Of course, the charms of France shouldn’t be discounted. Indeed, the country has countless amazing beaches of its own, while the classy city of Nice remains a big draw for visitors from all over the world. Corsica is ideal for family holidays, with its long stretches of golden sand and laid-back ambience making it the perfect place to get some well-earned rest and relaxation. Ile de Re is in a similar vein, and boasts some truly outstanding scenery.
This guest post was contributed by Stephen Sonder, a freelance blogger who often writes about how you can find the best coop travel holiday deals.