Popularity comes and goes. One minute you’re the cool kid in the homemade suede flares, the next minute you look like an outdated extra from Life on Mars. It’s the same with holiday destinations. Brace yourself: you might be quite surprised with what’s on the summer destination hot list for 2013.
Sharm el Sheikh has seen unprecedented popularity in recent years, the Algarve keeps people coming back with its year-round warmth and Tenerife always appeals to holidaymakers because of its sun-drenched island life. But in 2013, why not try something a little different.
Turkey is a holiday destination for all tastes. Thriving cities, beautiful beaches and no shortage of culture means that even a two-week break can feel too short.
For sun-seekers, Antalya in the southern Mediterranean region is paradise. Many of the beaches have protected status so it isn’t hard to find some well-deserved peace and quiet to accompany the golden sand and clear blue water. However, it can be too quiet for some.
Luckily, mixing exploration and relaxation with nightlife is easy in Turkey, and Anatolia is a place to get the best of both worlds. Walking among the rocky landscape of Cappadocia is just the tonic after some time spent in the lively resorts of Bursa and beyond.
Hotels in Turkey are relatively inexpensive, even in the thriving busy capital of Istanbul. This is truly a city that never sleeps, and the colourful markets, noisy nightlife and vibrant restaurants are more than enough to keep you busy.
Fresh from its recent starring role in the new Bond film is the Grand Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most famous destinations. Open since 1461, this bustling market is home to some of the best kebabs, spices, textiles and ornaments you can find.
Like Turkey, holidays to Malta are becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for those seeking a refined and hot summer break. Filled with historical sites left over by the Romans and the Knights of St John, Malta is a must for any fan of architecture.
In terms of where to stay on the island, the first choice would be Sliema. Peaceful streets are lined with great restaurants, and if exploring the town is a little too laidback for your holiday tastes, then you can make the short trip to St Julians over to the east.
St Julians is a more vibrant area of Malta. Along with beaches to explore around Salina Bay, you’ll have the added bonus of Spinola Bay on your doorstep. You’ll be able to gaze out across the bay, night and day, and forget your troubles. Sometimes forgotten, Malta should be high on your holiday wish list for 2013.
Historically, Benidorm has been popular with British holidaymakers for many years. However, the Spanish resort has undergone something of a makeover recently. Despite economic issues, rejuvenation is underway and new restaurants and attractions are springing up on a regular basis. Even the hotels in Benidorm have got hip and trendy. The resort is becoming something of a style destination, with the Guardian even suggesting it could be the new ‘costa del cool’.
Flights are cheap, the beaches are as white and welcoming as ever, and a thriving expat community means the best of both worlds for those who like to find a home away from home. With contemporary restaurants, boutique hotels and its famously reliable climate, Benidorm looks like a hit.