See our top 5 pick of alternative holiday hotspots for a summer escape in Europe, chosen by our award-winning travel agent Joe Teixeira from Norad Travel Gloucester.
The value of the pound against the Euro has meant escaping to a favourite holiday destination can cost more each year. So, it's the ideal time to look at somewhere new for your next summer holiday.
Many are turning to the Caribbean for its endless sunshine, turquoise waters and luxurious resorts at prices similar if not less than, the cost of a Europe family beach holiday.
BUT there’s also lots of incredible alternatives you might not have thought of, much closer to home.
Elegant resort hotels on the Dalmatia Riviera boast modern facilities, luxury spas and warm hospitality to rival those in Western Europe. Not yet overdeveloped, this Mediterranean coastline is just stunning.
Set sail as part of a flotilla or explore by motor cruiser and uncover charming islands with quiet rocky coves and quaint villages. Or combine fabulous cruise facilities and entertainment with exploring fascinating cities and culture from Dubrovnik to Venice.
Rugged natural beauty
Montenegro is one to watch with the introduction of new direct flights from the UK. Enjoy incredible mountain scenery, charming boutique hotels and a warm welcome from its intensely proud people. Hike or bike amongst ancient pine-clad hills and vineyards, kayak and raft on hypnotic lakes and experience an abundance of wildlife, from bears to butterflies.
Set on the historic Danube River, Budapest is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Although popular in winter for its geo-thermal springs, leafy streets come to life in the summer time as you wander along the riverside.
Enjoy great value without the crowds in Tallinn, the historic capital of Estonia. Stroll the cobbled, walled Old Town and explore the Gothic Town Hall, as well as colourful yet peaceful palaces and cathedrals. Or, spend a few days in Croatia to mix cultural city vibes with a relaxing coastal escape.
About Norad Travel:
We are completely independent and fully bonded with ABTA and ATOL. This means we will always recommend holidays based on your specific requirements, aided of course by our own in-depth knowledge.
You can pop in to see us with free parking at all our locations, or give us a call.
Norad Travel Gloucester
3 Westgate House
The Island Westgate Retail Park
Gloucester GL1 2RU
T. 01452 260188
Norad Travel Liss
Suite 3 Brows Farm Business Park
Farnham Road Liss
Hampshire GU33 6JG
T. 01730 892298
ABOUT NORAD TRAVEL GROUP:
Norad Travel Group is a full service specialist travel management and leisure travel organisation headquartered in Liss, Hampshire. As well as a Liss-based holiday and concierge service, Norad Travel Group's Leisure Division includes Norad Travel Gloucester, Howard Travel in Trowbridge and Erne Travel in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
Formed in 1981 Norad are members of the influential Guild of Travel Management Companies and partners in the Advantage consortium of independent travel agency companies. Chairman Mick Gibbs is also chairman of the Focus Group of travel management specialists within Advantage.