When the weather is gloomy outside, our minds naturally turn to how to escape from it. Here are some top vacation spots for you to dream of.
Cuba is one of the most interesting and exciting places in the world, with a vibrant culture, friendly people, and an atmosphere that any adventurous holidaymaker will love. Although parts of the city landscapes are dilapidated and timeworn, there’s also a great elegance to them, and incredible architecture, particularly in UNESCO listed cities including Havana and Trinidad. Cuba also boasts sublime white sand beaches, along with rugged mountain landscapes and swamps. With influences from Africa, colonial Spain, Haiti and Jamaica, Cuba must be experienced to be believed.
A lot of holidaymakers go to Portugal every year, to explore the capital city of Lisbon or to play golf in the Algarve – check out www.plusvouchercode.co.uk/offers-discount-code-expedia.html if you’re looking for reasonably priced flights. But why not go a little off piste and visit the Azores? About 850 miles west of continental Portugal, the Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands that’s known for its gorgeous natural landscape and its heavenly tropical climate. It’s a great place for anyone who wants a combination of a sunny beach vacation with incredible seafood in the evening and an active, adventurous holiday: you can hike, dive and go whale and dolphin watching. A particularly popular hike is along the famous blue-green crater lakes Setes Citades.
If you’re looking for a South Asian adventure, then look no further than Sri Lanka. It’s a place of incredible natural beauty, with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Ancient City of Sigiriya, otherwise known as the Lion Rock and the eighth wonder of the ancient world, which is a fortress and palace constructed at the end of the fifth century. Its name is taken from the gateway, which is built in the form of enormous lions. You can also check out Sinharaja Forest, a national park and biosphere reserve, known as the Lion Kingdom, which is the country’s last preserved area of tropical rainforest, and the Sacred City of Kandy, which is an area of scenic beauty and known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It’s also home to the holy shrine, Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
If you want a French city that’s a little more relaxed than Paris and a little more gritty than the French Riviera, then look no further than Marseille. France’s second largest city is on the south coast, meaning that it almost always has beautiful weather, particularly in the summer, and boasts a dynamic, energetic vibe that tourists love. The food is excellent, with a number of excellent restaurants located around the always thriving, bustling Vieux Port. If you’re looking for some culture, check out the Abbaye St Victor and the historic neighbourhood known as the Le Panier district. The beaches in Marseille are stony but beautiful, and if you want to go on an adventure you can always take a boat out to the famous prison island If, where the Count of Monte Cristo was held. (Fictionally, obviously.)