Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?
Not everyone wants to have a white Christmas - for some people the thought of the festive period in sunshine and warmth is much more appealing. If you’re thinking of escaping the UK for a short break at Christmas, consider Tenerife as an option.
Online searches for Lifestyle & Boutique hotels in the UK were three times more than for those located in short-haul and long-haul destinations combined, reveals the latest analysis of specialist hotels search data from digital marketing agency, Greenlight.
Getting a good dose of culture on your holiday does not mean that you have to fly off to some far flung destination. There are plenty of fantastic places to soak up the atmosphere, art and architecture in Europe.
The Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park is a stunning corner of Spain that lies around a two-hour drive from the city of Malaga. However, it is well worth taking a daytrip here when holidaying in the city, as there are plenty of things to see and do.
Tenerife is a truly amazing place to visit for a short break. With the Spanish island benefiting from a daily average temperature of 22 degrees C, you can be confident that there will be ample opportunity to spend time outdoors. Come here in the summer, however, and not only will you discover that the weather is warmer but there are a great array of festivals taking place.
Lanzarote is known for its great weather, pristine beaches and laidback lifestyle, and one of the most up-and-coming resorts on the island is Playa Blanca, located on the southern tip of the island.
There is a fine art to maximising the short break and following these simple tips is a step towards perfecting it.
Going on holiday presents the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries and forget about any stress you may have been experiencing back home. With that in mind, Santa Cruz in Tenerife is the ideal place for a short getaway.
At this summer’s Hay Festival from May 23 to June 2, visitors will be able to not only discover new books and meet authors, but also try some tasty tapas created by celebrity Spanish chef, José Pizarro.
If you want to go on an overseas holiday but aren't sure where to go, it's worth visiting Lanzarote. Not only is the Spanish island just a few hours' flight from the UK - ideal if you've only got enough free time to go away for a long weekend - but it also benefits from warm weather and has terrific attractions. Costa Teguise is a particularly good destination for a short break, here's a look at why.
Like many other bustling European cities, Barcelona has a fantastic coffee-drinking culture. By coming here on a short break, you'll have the opportunity to sample a range of great-tasting beverages while indulging in a spot of people-watching from the comfort of a stunning coffee bar.
When it comes to taking a luxury short break in a sun-drenched destination, there are few places that are quite as magical as Gran Canaria. Not only is the Spanish island just a couple of hours' flight from the UK - making it easy to get to - but its pleasant year-round weather and wealth of things to see and do should ensure you have a relaxing time.
Spain’s best and most iconic festival, the Feria de Abril begins on Tuesday April 24, next week. The Feria encapsulates everything that you’d usually associate with Spain, Flamenco dancers, Spanish guitar, castanets, horse showmanship, bull fighting and great food. It’s a festival full of fiery passion and age old traditions.
The Spanish city of Denia is located in Alicante and sits right on the coast of the Mediterranean, which means it enjoys balmy temperatures and sunshine all year round.
Going on a family holiday, even if it's only for a long weekend, presents a great chance for you and your loved ones to relax and spend quality time with one another. If you're looking to take a break, but can't decide where to go, you should think about heading to Fuerteventura. The Spanish island is the perfect destination for a fun-filled getaway.
For those seeking a fantastic short break destination packed with cultural sights, Barcelona is one place well worth visiting. Brilliant landmarks are to be found all across the Catalan city, so you're certain to come across something that fascinates you.
Malaga makes for a perfect weekend city break destination for those looking to escape the gloomy British weather
Easter is a big deal in southern Europe and one of the most important times for family get-togethers, here is less about Easter bunnies (although you’ll still find plenty of chocolate and Easter cakes) and more about the religious origins of the festival. Make sure you book travel and accommodation well in advance as Easter is a very busy time across most of Europe. Here are our top places to celebrate.
A Mediterranean golfing getaway is a great way for lovers of the sport to spend a short break. Not only do you get to play in beautiful, well-maintained grounds, but - once your game is over - you will also get the opportunity to make use of a resort's high-end facilities and soak up some pleasant sunshine.
If you're looking for ideas for a romantic break with a difference, consider heading to Barcelona for the Feast of Sant Jordi on April 23rd. Revolving around the interesting combination of romance and books, it's fantastic for soaking up Spanish culture - while also exploring the city itself.
Now that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over, our minds are set on the next chance for a getaway – the February half term. With just under three weeks to go, it’s time to start planning, so just where are the best city break destinations to take the family in February?
The Costa del Sol region of Spain has long been a popular holiday destination for Britons, largely because of its pleasant weather and array of beautiful beaches. As the area is just a short flight from the UK - it will usually take no more than two hours to get there - it's the ideal place to spend a short break.
Faro, in southern Portugal is the most popular place to go for a driving holiday this coming half term, car hire website 121carhire.com has revealed.
It’s Pablo Picasso’s 130th birthday next week and if you want to help celebrate, then head to the Catalan capital where he was first inspired to begin creating his groundbreaking works of art.