Are you counting down the days until summer? Are you excitedly making plans for an exotic beach escape with your best girlfriends? If you’re looking for the perfect location on a budget, here are five perfect picks to inspire you.
If year-round sunshine, amazing food and al fresco bars sound appealing, Crete could be just your cup of tea. Head for Hersonissos to take advantage of trendy beach clubs and stunning sea views. Summer temperatures reach over 30 degrees, and you can enjoy a lively holiday without having to battle through crowds to get served. There is a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Choose from a collection of luxury 5-star hotels and cheap and cheerful self-catering apartments. Cook at home to save money, but don’t forget to try out the famous Greek cuisine. For those eager to party hard, Malia is notorious for hosting a wild night out.
Ibiza is a one-of-a-kind holiday destination, and it offers something for everyone. Drink and dance to your heart’s content in San Antonio, or embrace your inner hippy in Ibiza Town. Cala Llonga and Santa Eulalia are quieter spots on the east coast. Most people consider Ibiza a clubbing destination. But it’s also a perfect spot to chill out, catch some rays and enjoy some quality time with your girls.
Are you looking for a quieter alternative to Tenerife? If so, cheap holidays in Lanzarote offer an ideal blend of fun and relaxation. Try watersports at the beach or take a trip up Mount Timanfaya. Chill out on the volcanic sands, enjoy some tapas or haggle for a bargain at the street markets. There are plenty of clubs and bars in Puerto del Carmen, if you fancy a night on the tiles during your holiday in Lanzarote.
Bodrum is the jewel in Turkey’s crown. You can get lost for hours meandering through the labyrinth of whitewashed streets. The bustling harbour is beautiful and an idyllic spot to enjoy sea views. Food and drink are inexpensive, and you can choose to head up into the hills for a tranquil retreat, or join the party at the numerous drinking holes. If you fancy seeing a little more of the world and you have a day to spare, catch the ferry over to Kos.
Majorca offers everything from hardcore partying in Magaluf, to sophisticated city slicking in Palma. There are myriad beaches to enjoy and the scenery is breathtaking. Head off the main tourist trail to discover hidden traditional eateries and avoid inflated prices. The resorts of Alcudia, Puerto de Pollensa and Cala Bona are energetic, without boasting a raucous reputation.
Holidays can be expensive, but it is possible to enjoy a well-earned break without blowing the budget. Try and be flexible with departure dates and consider going off-season if you are able to. All-inclusive holidays may save you money in the long-run, as you won’t need as much spending money. If you’re travelling as part of a large group of girls, it’s worth finding out about group discounts.