Top destinations for short breaks in the sun

Short on annual leave, or just need a few sunshine-filled days away? We've got just the ticket.

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If you’re craving a bit of summer sun but only have time for a short and sweet trip away, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re partial to lazy days on the beach by day and candlelit dinners by night, or more akin to enjoying the water sports and activities on offer, one of these destinations is sure to be right for you.

Below is your no-fuss guide to a truly unforgettable weekend away, complete with our favourite spots to hit while you’re there. And don’t forget to check out our travel deals and discounts at the bottom of this page to save on your booking!


Lanzarote

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Laze on some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, explore the otherworldly landscape of the Timanfaya National Park (it’s UNESCO-protected, too) and discover the art installations of the famous César Manrique. With a flight time of just over four hours, this is easily doable for a long weekend trip.

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Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

The capital of Catalonia thrives with life all year round, so you can be sure that any time is perfect for your city break. Prepare to be wowed by the creative genius of Gaudí, take time out to wander along the stunning harbour and get to know the beautiful sandy shorelines by the shimmering Mediterranean. Not forgetting the bars, beaches, boutiques and more… that’s the draw of Barcelona.

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Sicily

Sicily, Italy

The ultimate Italian island escape, Sicily is perfect for a weekend break. Giardini Naxos on the east coast is an ancient fishing village that is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists, while still preserving its traditions. The archaeological museum and the ruins of the ancient Greek colony contrast with new developments and buzzing nightlife, which makes Sicily a great spot if you’re after somewhere with a bit of everything.

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Nice

Nice, France

Stroll along the blissful promenade and take in the glittering blue horizon of the Mediterranean, on the edge of which sits the enchanting Old Town of Nice with its pastel-coloured townhouses and stylish architecture. Nice offers a rich culture combined with a beautiful coastline for those days where you want nothing else but to sit on the beach. Make no mistake about it, this is the French Riviera at its best.

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Valencia

Valencia, Spain

Spain’s third largest city has a vibrant cultural vibe and jaw-dropping coastline, complete with ocean-view restaurants. The City of Arts and Sciences complex contains a beautiful collection of museums with gardens, cutting-edge architecture and plenty more for you to explore. Don’t forget the medieval old town that houses a host of great restaurants and bars. And did we mention there’s a fabulous beach to chill on too?

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Majorca

Majorca, Spain

With a two-hour flight and plenty of airlines at your disposal, Majorca is an easy short-haul choice. Head to Santa Ponsa Bay to enjoy the beaches and the clear, shallow waters for some sun-worshipping. Palma, in particular, is a stunning sunlit city that’s set to wow you from all angles, with its cosmopolitan character and endless web of grand historical sights. Streets and squares thrive with life both day and night, so you’re in for an all-round beachside treat.

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Cyprus

Cyrpus

Opt for this Mediterranean isle if you’re in need of a serious dose of sunshine, complete with scorching temperatures. With lots of low-cost options and a four-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK, it’s not an expensive choice either. Cyprus serves up the perfect combination of fun and culture thanks to a record-breaking number of Blue Flag-awarded beaches, oodles of ancient ruins and picturesque resorts galore.

Best sites for trips to Cyprus

Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s capital is the perfect beach and city break combination. Stroll past pastel-coloured buildings or jump aboard the wooden Tram 28 as it rumbles through the city’s most historic streets. Pink Street features Lisbon’s liveliest nightlife while jaw-dropping Guincho Beach is just half an hour from the city centre. If you add to that the copious amount of trendy bars, the wine cellars filled with Fado music and the delicious cuisine that all make up part of the country’s pride and joy, you’ll be coming back for more before you know it.

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