Jun 15, 2017

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Two days in Naples: Pizza, passion and plenty more besides…...

Two days in Naples: Pizza, passion and plenty more besides…

With its perfect pizzas, passionate people and thousands of battered, beeping scooters, Naples is a delightfully chaotic place. The port city hugs the curve of the Bay of Naples, where elegant boulevards and hectic, twisting alleys sprawl under the ominous shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Italy’s third-largest city was a popular stop on the Grand Tours undertaken by upper-class young chaps in times past, but today it’s noticeably less touristy than the high-culture Renaissance cities of the north –...

Jun 14, 2017

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11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches...

11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches

It’s official: Spain now has more Blue Flag beaches – those that meet the organisation’s high standards of water quality, safety and other environmental criteria – than any other country in the world. Hearing this news, we decided it was high time to root out the best of the bunch in Spain – and with 579 to choose from, that’s no easy feat. However, we’ve given it a bash and here are the ones we feel are worthy of your beach towel. If...

Jun 8, 2017

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Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains...

Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains

The rugged Cypriot coastline provides some of the most idyllic beaches in the Mediterranean. Paramali Beach in Limassol, Aphrodite’s Rock in Paphos – these are the sorts of relaxing oases that pop up on your friends’ social media feeds and make you weep with envy. But there is a lesser-known, equally stunning part of Cyprus that offers outstanding natural beauty, cultural fascination, and a palpable sense of tradition and heritage: the Troodos Mountains. Platres – home of the...

Jun 3, 2017

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Where should I go for late summer sun?...

Where should I go for late summer sun?

Still not booked your summer holiday this year? If it’s possible for you to go in September, then that’s the perfect time for late bargains, with the sun still lingering in many of Europe’s most popular destinations – and beyond. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals out there for you. All deals depart on September 14 for a seven-night stay – we’ve featured example prices from a range of departure airports, but you can tailor trips to suit...

Jun 1, 2017

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Two days in Lisbon: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Lisbon: What to do on a short break

Ridiculously reasonable for a capital, Lisbon is a thrifty traveller’s dream city – the kind of place where you can order duas cervejas (two beers) and get change from a fiver. Besides being cheap, it’s not bad on the eye, either. A ramshackle charm runs through its steep neighbourhoods, where tall European-style flats vie for space with buildings of remarkable beauty, and every hill-top summit (of which there are many) seems to give way to a staggering view. Oh,...

Jun 1, 2017

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Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches...

Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches

Think of Croatia’s beaches and the first that usually comes to mind is Brač’s Zlatni Rat, with its distinctive V shape that makes it the country’s poster boy for beach holidays. But along Croatia’s 1,800km-long Adriatic coast and its 1,244 islands, reefs and islets, there are plenty of other beautiful beaches away from the well-trodden path where you can dive into some of the clearest waters you’ll see in the world. Mary Novakovich uncovers some of Croatia’s best undiscovered...

May 25, 2017

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How to do Santorini on a budget

How to do Santorini on a budget

There are some places on Earth that a picture simply can’t do justice to, and Santorini is one of them. No matter how beautiful the photo, nothing compares to actually being there for an uninterrupted view over the caldera to the volcanic peak that breaks the inky Aegean waters. And while holidays to Santorini can cost a little more than Greek island stalwarts such as Corfu, Zante and Crete, the breathtaking views alone make it worth it. Add...

May 25, 2017

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Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital...

Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital

Welcome to Georgia! Have a triple vodka. Polite Brits; punctual Germans; orderly Japanese… national stereotypes are usually a bit ropey, but from the evidence of my first day, it seems the local version – hospitable Georgians – has plenty of substance. I’m wandering down an alley of elegantly-restored wooden balcony houses in the capital, Tbilisi, when I poke my nose through the doorway of one of these typical old dwellings that appears to be halfway through renovation. No sooner have...

May 24, 2017

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Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches...

Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches

Thanks to its idyllic setting, rich culture and ancient traditions, Bali has quickly become a long-haul favorite for Brits seeking something a little more exotic from their holidays. The island is famed for its beautiful beaches, most of which are set in stunning locations. While the popular beachside areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Canggu are well-trodden, you only have to go a little further to escape to a world very different from the typical tourist beat. Here,...

May 22, 2017

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Holiday nostalgia hit: Benidorm, Tenerife and more in the 60s and 70s…...

Holiday nostalgia hit: Benidorm, Tenerife and more in the 60s and 70s…

Ah, nostalgia… isn’t it a wonderful feeling?! It makes you feel warm, fuzzy and happy, so it’s not surprising that TV ads these days are crammed with characters from the past and Craig David is playing V Festival this year… Unsurprisingly, holidays are a massive source of nostalgia too. Casting your mind back to a sunny beach, cold cocktail in hand, not a care in the world… who can blame you, really? If nostalgia were a place we could...

May 22, 2017

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Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break

If you’ve ever thought Alicante was just an airport stop-off, then think again, writes Eddi Fiegel. Every year thousands of British tourists pass through Alicante on their way to holidays on the Costa Blanca, but only a few ever stop to discover the city itself. It’s a mystery why, but it’s definitely our loss, as Alicante can easily hold its own with the best of Spain when it comes to superb tapas and rice dishes, top-notch fine dining,...

May 19, 2017

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Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile terror attacks and political events in the last couple of years, including a failed coup on July 15-16, 2016. The situation is now calmer, but there is currently still a state of emergency in place. The FCO has advised that security operations are ongoing throughout the country, and that the threat from terrorism remains high – although bear in mind that the threat level for the UK itself is currently at...

May 15, 2017

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13 most crystal clear waters on earth...

13 most crystal clear waters on earth

Some are lakes, some are oceans, and all are natural. We wouldn’t go so far as to claim this is a list of places to visit before you die, but we would heartily recommend you make a trip to a few while you’re still alive! Come dive into some of the world’s most inviting crystal clear waters. Australian outback The waters in this Australian red rock cave are perfectly clear. The only distortion is caused by ripples from the...

May 11, 2017

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Exclusive all-inclusive: 8 of the world’s most luxurious resorts...

Exclusive all-inclusive: 8 of the world’s most luxurious resorts

Ever wondered how the filthy rich like to holiday? Spoiler alert – it’s with extreme opulence. From exotic private islands to hotels serving up tacos that cost a small fortune, we reveal the lavish resorts where money really is no object… Grand Velas Los Cabos,  Mexico When a resort’s slogan is “beyond all-inclusive, beyond all compare”, you know you’re in for a bit more than free local beer and unlimited ice-cream for the kids. Located on Mexico’s glorious...

May 11, 2017

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Should I travel to Egypt?

Should I travel to Egypt?

Currently, certain parts of Egypt are deemed to be unsafe for British nationals. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the areas west of the Nile Valley/Nile Delta regions and South Sinai – with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq. Please see...

May 10, 2017

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Talking Turkey: Which resort is right for you?...

Talking Turkey: Which resort is right for you?

Whether you’re a culture vulture, a night owl, a thrill seeker or a beach bum, you’ll find something to suit you on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean shores. Robin Gauldie explores some of Turkey’s most popular areas – which one is right for you? Antalya If you’re looking for huge sandy beaches, guaranteed sunshine, exciting activities and ancient ruins that would impress even Indiana Jones, head for Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. This part of Turkey is great for families, with superb sandy...

May 8, 2017

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Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…...

Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…

With brighter weather starting to warm up cities all over Europe, the coming months are a fantastic time to get away. To help you have a city adventure for less, we’ve rounded up some of cheapest city breaks available over the summer months on TravelSupermarket. *Please note: Prices are taken from real booking data between late May and early September 2017 – prices shown are the median price for a hotel stay and a flight, with the average number of nights being 3.5 and...

May 5, 2017

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North Cyprus: The Med’s last unspoiled paradise?...

North Cyprus: The Med’s last unspoiled paradise?

Simon Busch explores one of the few places in the Mediterranean to remain fairly untouched by rampant tourism… so far. My poor little turtle wasn’t getting an easy start in life. It had a misshapen flipper, to start with, probably the result of being squashed against the side of its sandy nest by 100 or so pushy brothers or sisters: inconvenient when you spend most of your life paddling. Not that the odd body shape of this fledgling sea...

May 4, 2017

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How to do Iceland on a budget

How to do Iceland on a budget

With ash-streaked glaciers and thundering waterfalls, Iceland feels wild and remote – but in reality, the country has never been easier to reach, writes Anita Isalska. Budget carriers like easyJet and Wow Air offer direct links to the capital city, Reykjavík, from London and Bristol. Meanwhile some airlines, such as Icelandair, allow free stopovers of up to seven days on various routes between the UK and North America. Travellers on a budget tend to be wary of Iceland:...

Apr 26, 2017

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8 of the world’s best cities for street food...

8 of the world’s best cities for street food

Whether you’re trying a delicious, authentic Turkish kebab or something much further out of your comfort zone in Mexico, snaffling local delicacies is a great way to get to know a new place. Robin Gauldie rounds up a mouth-watering selection of the world’s best street food cities, where you can try out local favourites and often many examples of other countries’ cuisine at the same time. We hope you’ve brought your appetite! Amsterdam, Netherlands The Dutch have their own take on street food,...

Apr 26, 2017

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Stunning Sicily in seven days

Stunning Sicily in seven days

It’s often said that there’s simply too much to see in Sicily, writes George Clode. With its vast wealth of heritage sites, walking trails, quaint villages, and busy towns, it’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed if you’re planning a week’s holiday to this vibrant island. But there’s no need to worry. For starters, you can certainly pack a great trip into just seven days – and after your first trip there’s a good chance you’ll want to head back for more anyway…...

Apr 24, 2017

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Where are Brits heading this summer?

Where are Brits heading this summer?

Still not booked your summer holiday? Don’t worry, there’s still time to get yourself a sizzling deal to suit your budget! If you’re in need of a little holiday inspiration though, read on – we’ve pored over our data to find out what the most popular spots for Brits are this summer. This list is taken from TravelSupermarket’s search data for departures between June and August 2017. Tenerife Time and time again Brits turn to Tenerife for its...

Apr 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Paphos

10 things to do in Paphos

If Goldilocks had to pick one place in the world to go on holiday, she’d probably choose Paphos, writes Katie McGonagle. This Cypriot town is hot but not too hot, lively after dark without attracting a rowdy 18-to-30s crowd, and is the sort of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. Fancy a week at an all-inclusive resort, lying on a sun-lounger with a cocktail in hand? Go ahead. Prefer getting back...

Apr 21, 2017

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10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in summer 2017...

10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in summer 2017

This summer is a fantastic time to visit Amsterdam, with a whole host of new openings and attractions for first-timers and returners alike. Here Tamara Hinson outlines 10 reasons why the city should be part of your travel plans in summer 2017. The Butcher Social Club The Butcher Social Club’s burgers are legendary, although they’re not the only reason to head to Amsterdam’s newest, coolest hangout. Along with an encyclopaedic cocktail menu, there are vintage arcade games, ping pong tables and deliciously...

Apr 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Fuerteventura

10 things to do in Fuerteventura

It’s warm, it has virtually year-round sunshine and there are miles and miles of stunning beaches. What is this magical place? It’s Fuerteventura, just a few hours away from the UK. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a surfing adventure or simply to laze away your days on the sand, there’s no shortage of things to do. Eddi Fiegel outlines some of her favourite activities. Sink your toes into sand dunes at Corralejo The harbour town of...

Apr 21, 2017

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How to do Jamaica on a budget

How to do Jamaica on a budget

With its picture-perfect palm trees and golden beaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking you can’t afford Jamaica. Joanna Booth reveals how to holiday on this beautiful Caribbean island without needing to do a Usain Bolt when you see the bill…. Money don’t make you rich – to paraphrase Bob Marley – and it’s a view that’s a little easier to understand when you’re in his home country of Jamaica. This little slice of Caribbean paradise gives a lot without asking for a dime...

Apr 21, 2017

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Island-hopping outside Greece: The Balearics, the Canaries, Turkey and Malta...

Island-hopping outside Greece: The Balearics, the Canaries, Turkey and Malta

When someone mentions island-hopping, your first thoughts might be of the Greek islands in the azure Aegean Sea. However, not all odysseys start and finish in Greece. Robin Gauldie picks out some alternative island journeys, from the Balearics to Turkey. To make ferry bookings, visit TravelSupermarket’s ferries page. Boat around the Balearics This trip combines peaceful Menorca, lively Mallorca, Ibiza with its legendary party scene, and the hippy-chic vibes of tiny Formentera. Start in Menorca, where a vast natural harbour attracted...

Apr 10, 2017

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The African Caribbean: Sun, sand and “no stress” in Cape Verde...

The African Caribbean: Sun, sand and “no stress” in Cape Verde

A relentless gale whips in off the Atlantic, chopping up the surf and firing spray onto the beach. Out on the water, dozens of huge, brightly-coloured kites dart among each other, tearing the surfers who wield them through the waves at high speed. More kitesurfers ready themselves on the white sand, preparing to pit themselves against the elements. It’s a sight that Cape Verde is becoming famous for, with enthusiasts flocking there to enjoy the guaranteed surf. But if you’re not a...

Apr 7, 2017

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Two days in Venice: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Venice: What to do on a short break

Venice is the ultimate romantic trip away. It’s got fine Italian wine, gorgeous food, enough art and architecture to feel cultured without even trying, plus every water taxi ride is like a scene from a James Bond film – wind in your hair, partner by your side, surrounded by one of the most beautiful cities in the world (even if you don’t have the Bond body to go with it). Better still, it’s only a two to three-hour...

Apr 6, 2017

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10 things to do in Cancun

10 things to do in Cancun

It’s Mexico’s favourite party town, packed with all-inclusive resorts that many visitors never feel the need to leave, writes Anthea Gerrie. But those who confine themselves to their compounds are missing out; Cancun is on the doorstep of spectacular Mayan ruins, a world-class diving reef and freestanding pleasure palaces worth shelling out the price of a drink for to enjoy the fabulous setting. Mexico has made it easy for tourists to get from Cancun to its neighbouring islands...

Mar 31, 2017

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La La Land uncovered: Two days in Los Angeles...

La La Land uncovered: Two days in Los Angeles

Thanks to countless supporting roles in a million movies, Los Angeles has become one of the world’s most familiar cities: you know it, even if you’ve never been. Blockbuster La La Land recently took us back to LA, its streets and iconic landmarks the setting for a story that typifies the City of Angels’ knack for drawing in the world’s dreamers. But there’s so much more to LA than the movie biz, even if it plays a big part...

Mar 31, 2017

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Summer city breaks for under £150pp

Summer city breaks for under £150pp

Ah, summer in the city – the parks begin to fill, al fresco dining becomes the norm, and merry punters spill out of cafes and bars seeking the last few rays of the day. We’ve had a dig around for deals and found some incredible prices to a few of Europe’s best cities during the summer months. Fancy a bargain? All prices were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.   Berlin from London, June 26-28 – from...

Mar 31, 2017

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Secret Costa del Sol: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Costa del Sol: How to escape the tourist trail

If you’re looking to escape the tourist trail, the Costa del Sol might not seem an obvious choice. However, despite the fact that this has long been one of Britain’s favourite parts of Spain, inland from the clamouring Costa itself there’s a hidden hinterland heaving with hazy sierras, cork forests, orchards filled with almond blossom and spectacular gorges. You’ll also find Moorish towns, unspoilt villages with exceptional tapas, wonderful walking trails and lakes and beaches, with barely a Brit...

Mar 30, 2017

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10 things to do in Gran Canaria

10 things to do in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a small island with big ambitions, writes Katie McGonagle. It’s often called a mini-continent thanks to its weather – with five micro-climates, it’s almost guaranteed that if it’s raining in one area, the rest of the island will be basking in blue skies – but it has more than just sun and sand going for it. This is the island that launched Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the Americas, and it’s also home to one...

Mar 27, 2017

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10 things to do in Crete

10 things to do in Crete

As the largest of all the Greek islands, it’s safe to say that Crete is a holiday destination that comfortably ticks all the boxes, mixing acres of mountainous countryside and a sandy 650-mile coastline with a rich history stretching way back to the myths and legends of ancient Greece. Fast-forward 9,000 years and Crete is a popular holiday destination for everyone from history buffs and active explorers to party-hard groups and fun-loving families. Roxanne Wells gives us a run-down...

Mar 23, 2017

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7 ways to save on your holiday

7 ways to save on your holiday

Getting away for less isn’t impossible, but it’s not an exact science, either. From choosing destinations where your money goes further to booking at the right time, we’ve rounded up some thrifty advice to help you get the best possible deal on your next holiday. Where is the pound strong? Sterling has taken a pounding in the wake of the Brexit referendum, so considering a destination outside of the Eurozone might see your money going further. For beach...

Mar 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Cape Verde

10 things to do in Cape Verde

Fancy a slice of the exotic without the jet lag? Look no further than Cape Verde, a fascinating smattering of islands some 400km off the coast of Senegal. A melting pot of African and Portuguese culture blessed with white sand beaches and gorgeous blue waters, these islands were never going to stay secret for long. Whether you’re into water sports, volcano trekking or just fancy a beach break somewhere sunny, a holiday in Cape Verde is a cracking option. Direct flights...

Mar 20, 2017

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Secret Costa Blanca: How to escape the tourist trail...

Secret Costa Blanca: How to escape the tourist trail

Hear the words Costa Blanca and your first thought may be Brits, beers and bars. And yes, the Costa Blanca is indeed one of the better-known stretches of Spain’s coastline, but hidden away, just behind those heaving beaches, lies a stunning hinterland, writes Eddi Fiegel. Away from the bustling coast, this is a place to meander and discover miles of lush countryside, packed with fruit orchards and blossom, historic palaces, fabulous festivals and superb Spanish food. To escape the...

Mar 17, 2017

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The cheapest five-star city break is…...

The cheapest five-star city break is…

“Luxury” and “budget”: two words that don’t crop up together too often, especially when it comes to holidays. But what if we told you there’s a way to take a five-star city break for a three-star price tag? Well, there is – and some of Europe’s coolest cities happen to be on our hit list. Using search data from our site over the period of a year*, we’ve found the cities where you can have your cake and eat...

Mar 13, 2017

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How to do Barbados on a budget

How to do Barbados on a budget

It may be the Caribbean capital of luxury, but Barbados can be glorious on a budget, too. Joanna Booth shows you how to bag a bargain. From photos of Simon Cowell striding in bare-chested glory down the beach to Prince Harry hanging out with Rihanna, the pervasive, paparazzi-driven impression of Barbados is one of an island where money matters. But while it’s true that Barbados has some very, very swanky hotels and restaurants, there is another side to...