Where to go on holiday in 2013
Summer is over for another year, and that can only mean one thing: that it's time to start thinking about next year’s summer holiday. Whether you’re looking for an island in the sun or a bustling city break, these destinations have plenty to offer.
The Canary Islands are sure to be one of the most popular travel destinations of 2013, so travel to Tenerife to discover what all the hype is about. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and has been a popular travel choice for generations. For a Tenerife holiday with a difference, forget the resorts in the south of the island and head north instead. Lush greenery provides the perfect backdrop to the tourist town of Puerto de la Cruz, which still retains some of its old fishing village charm.
The Balearic Islands are also a top travel destination for next year. Ibiza in particular has seen a revival in recent years, with people foregoing the nightclubs and instead concentrating on the gorgeous beaches and towns that the island has to offer. Did you know Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? And if you're into dance music, Ibiza still has a lot to offer, with top DJs appearing in the island's biggest clubs.
Istanbul is going from strength to strength at the moment, although the international fashion press has been raving about the city for years. Sitting between the Middle East and Europe, Istanbul offers the perfect combination of familiarity and adventure, with ornate mosques towering above lively streets fast filling up with trendy bars and restaurants. The city really comes alive at night with an electric atmosphere, and locals and tourists alike striving to see and be seen at the newest hotspots.
Cuba has been opening its doors to tourists in recent years after decades of political isolation imposed by the United States. Vintage American cars line the streets as Latin American music pours out of the doors of the local cantinas. In Havana you’ll find dance halls where you can learn how to rumba, and private restaurants located in people’s homes. The people of Cuba are known for being warm and welcoming to 'outsiders', so you'll be greeted with genuine pleasure.
To find out more information about Monarch’s 2013 holidays and book online, visit monarch.co.uk. Scheduled flights with Monarch currently depart year-round from airports across the UK, including London Luton, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.