Whether you’re after a quaint retreat in the Greek hills, a fuss-free holiday with the kids or a romantic beach getaway, these are the best places to fly to from Birmingham Airport once warmer weather approaches.
Steeped in rich heritage and tradition, Rhodes is a picturesque destination that certainly won’t dissapoint if you’re chasing the sun, and it comes as no surprise that the beautifully preserved Old Town is a World Heritage Site. Renowned for its medieval walls and gates, this is far more than your typical beach getaway but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick back on a sunbed for hours on end with a refreshing drink in hand (if you wish to). Rhodes is also home to a variety of enjoyable beaches, including the locals’ best kept secret Aliki beach, alongside Tsambika beach and Ladiko beach.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Due to the fact that it’s warm all year round, Tenerife remains one of the most popular holiday destinations for families year on year. Not only does it tick all the boxes for a beach getaway whatever the season, as the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is also home to Teide National Park where you’ll find Teide Volcano, the highest point in Spain.
Offering super affordable flight prices (around £40 return if you book at the right time), Malta may only cover 122 square miles, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in gorgeously blue sea grottos, stunning religious buildings and a Grand Harbour. If you’re looking to explore a little further afield, why not hop on the ferry over to Gozo which operates regularly throughout the day, meaning you can get there in just 20 minutes.
From cute fishing villages to ancient cities, it goes without saying that Crete is an easy win when it comes to a classic sun, sea and sand holiday. With up to 13 hours of sunshine a day throughout July and average temperatures reaching around 30°C, this is one for the sun worshippers. But whether you’re spending the day lounging around absorbing Vitamin D, enjoying a Greek salad at a traditional restaurant or exploring the local shops, there’s plenty to do and see. And whilst you’re there, we recommend heading to Elafonissi beach on the south west of the island, which is described as a ‘small paradise on earth’ thanks to gorgeous clear sea and white sands.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
With just as pleasant weather, beaches and outdoor sporting options as its close neighbour Tenerife, Gran Canaria is just as popular with people of all ages and it’s easy to see why. One of the most popular beaches is Las Canteras, alongside Playa de Maspalomas on the southern coast and Gui Gui if you’re staying west. For the foodies, food market Mercado del Puerto is worth a visit, located in a gorgeous Modernist building and offering the finest in everything from traditional tapas to local beer.