Adventure and fun go hand in hand as our popular holiday destinations guide steers you to the must-see spots on the hottest getaways.
These popular hot holiday destinations are cool to the eye
Looking for an exotic holiday spot not too far from home? Ibiza and Gran Canaria might be right up your alley.
Stunning holiday rentals in Ibiza
As Spain's premier party island, Ibiza is known the world over for its spectacular beaches and wild nightlife. Clubs in the old section of Ibiza City often don't close before 6am, but clubbing aside, the island is also a popular destination for hikers, offering some of the best trails winding through the Las Salinas National Park. Meanwhile, avid shoppers will find lots of unique clothing and jewellery at the weekly Las Dalias Hippy Market.
Exciting options for holiday rentals on Gran Canaria
Once a sleepy island, Gran Canaria is now a trendy, upscale tourist spot. However, its light traffic and well maintained roads also make it a favourite training spot for professional cycling teams. Less accomplished riders will enjoy the stunning scenery along routes in and around Maspalomas, while hiking trails along the Pico de las Nieves offer spectacular views of the entire island. In the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you can enjoy shopping, followed by a cocktail on Las Canteras Beach.
Exciting and popular holiday destinations in October
As the days get shorter the temperatures usually get cooler, but there's still plenty of warmth to be had in Morocco and Spain.
Watching the sunset over the Atlas Mountains in the Red City
The distinctive red bricks of Marrakesh give the city its nickname, while its vibrant Medina section confirms its reputation as a culinary must, where bistros and restaurants combine Mediterranean and African influences to achieve distinctive flavours. You can feed your shopping appetite at the world-famous marketplace in the Jemaa el-Fna square, and if you feel the call of the sun and the need for a tan, you can take in the rays at the city's Brazilian Beach.
These Seville holiday rentals really heat things up
Seville is the capital of Andalusia and famous as the birthplace of 2 things – flamenco and tapas. The city's Flamenco Museum is a great spot to catch a live dance recital and learn more about the history of the art. Meanwhile, the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz, the city's old Jewish quarter, is home to Seville Cathedral, the Moorish palace of Real Alcazar and upscale tapas restaurants. Shop till you drop along the Calle Sierpes, where you'll find everything from rare book shops to vintage clothes boutiques.
Sizzling hot popular holiday destinations for couples
If romance is in the air, don't turn your back on it, embrace it. As such, no city is more romantic than Paris and its tough to find a better place for romance than the Greek Islands.
Sizzling holiday rentals in the City of Lights
Strolling arm in arm along the banks of the river Seine, canoodling in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or holding hands along the Champs Elysees, it's hard to argue that Paris isn't one of the most romantic places in the world. The city's Left Bank is home to the Pantheon, and the bohemian ghosts of writers and artists past. Still, if romance isn't a full-time endeavour, you'll find some of the most interesting restaurants and pastry shops in the Louvre-Tuileries section of the city, as well as the Louvre Museum and the famous gardens.
Find an upscale holiday cottage in the Greek Islands
Santorini is found in the Cyclades Island chain and is famous for its stunning black beaches, nightlife and active volcano. Its whitewashed towns and breathtaking views attract tourists from around the world to witness its sunrises and sunsets. A popular spot for sunrises is Kamari Beach, while one of the best spots for sunsets is from the town of Oia. Very busy in spring and summer, the crowds thin by October and yet the weather is still warm enough to sunbathe and swim in the sea. One culinary must is the island's local eggplant, white, sweet and considered a delicacy among locals.