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Top Summer Holiday Destinations for 2016


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Compiling a list of the best summer holiday destinations was never going to be an easy task as there are so many stunning locations near and far that will appeal to people from an assortment of demographics. This is why I have decided to make it simple by divulging personal favourites according to the type of holiday you may be looking for. So, feast your eyes on my guide to the best holidays for families, friends, party animals and couples.


Best Party Holiday Destinations

When someone says they are looking for a party holiday, you immediately think of Ibiza, and why not? The region is a sizzling hot plate of clubs, music, booze and sunshine – perfect for friends who just want to go abroad and party. Yet, if you are looking for a party holiday with a difference, I suggest you take a look at what Portugal has to offer this summer. The country’s capital is home to Europe’s largest casino, so if you and your friends fancy getting dressed up to the nines for a night of excitement and glamour, Lisbon is the place you need to be. Sophisticated party goers will love the opportunity to try their hand at Blackjack, poker and many other exciting games, as well as having the chance to witness some fantastic live shows at Casino Lisboa. If you like the idea of playing at a casino, but aren’t experienced with any of the games, you can always try some games online before you go, on a site such as, to give yourself a little extra confidence for the real thing.


Best Holidays for couples

If you are searching for the perfect destination for your very first getaway abroad as a couple, chances are that you will be looking for a place which ticks all the romantic boxes: exceptional scenery, charming restaurants and cafés, perhaps some light entertainment and maybe the opportunity to go biking, hiking, walking, sailing together. Italy’s Puglia is a lesser known holiday destination which adds to its picture-perfect ambience, as it is often free from bustling crowds and holiday-makers. This southern Italian idyll offers a tempting cluster of sandy beaches that are lapped by warm, translucent waters. Saunter hand in hand through the back streets, stopping to sample the mouth watering local dishes and hypnotic wines in one of the rustic restaurants. Bask in the evening sunshine as you take in the breathtaking scenery and take a boat trip out to sea as you enjoy your time together as a couple. Indulge in the sheer romance of this sensational destination and fall in love with the laid-back lifestyle embraced by the care-free locals.


Best Holiday for families

France is becoming this year’s must-go destination for families with children of all ages. The great outdoors beckons as you travel to experience adventure getaways amidst spectacular vistas. The Guardian recommends the Pagel range of holidays which are child-focused breaks and offer a range of gites in different destinations in the south west of France. Stay beside swimming pools, adventure playgrounds, vast open areas of countryside, and let your children enjoy the carefully selected age-appropriate toy boxes that await them in your cosy holiday home.