School's out for summer
Let’s be honest. The most popular destinations don’t change much year by year. But, we’ll let you into a secret…
The top 10 most popular countries searched for on our site at the moment are:
The cosmopolitan Balearic island of Majorca is our most-searched summer destination from the UK, closely followed by Tenerife in the Canaries. Like your trusty go-to pals, these two are firm favourites for summer holidays delivering quality value for money holidays across all budgets and holiday types.
In addition, within the top 20 most-searched destinations are Ibiza, Menorca, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
Fabulous 2016 deals are also on sale now to the ever-popular Benidorm and the wider Costa Blanca coast, as well as the Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada and Costa Brava.
The combined number of Greek islands and mainland destinations ensure that this economically-troubled country is the second most-searched country on the TravelSupermarket site for summer holidays. The islands of Crete, Corfu and Zante are the frontrunners followed by Rhodes, Kos, Santorini, Mykonos and Kefalonia. Athens is also popular, not only for short breaks but as a base for longer summer getaways.
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The third most-searched-for country for a summer break is the United States of America, dominated by holidaymakers comparing deals to Florida (Orlando, Tampa Bay and Miami) as well as trips to New York and Las Vegas. And eager beavers know that planning and comparing your 2016 holiday early ensures you can book in advance and spread the cost of your trip, eliminating stress later on.
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Just missing out on the bronze position, Portugal - and in particular the southern Portuguese coast of the Algarve - is our fourth most-searched destination. It’s reliable, great value and an area that gets a lot of repeat visits every year from satisfied holidaymakers.
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Country number five is suave Italy with city breaks and longer trips based around the main cities of Rome, Venice and Florence dominating along with trips to the northern lakes including Lake Como and the costal resorts of the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento.
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Next up is our closest Continental chum, France. With holiday searches to Disneyland Paris as well as the capital itself being popular, along with sun-drenched trips to the Cote d’Azur around Nice, the country offers all manner of holidays from self-drive to rail and, of course, fly packages into the many destinations on offer.
The Mediterranean resorts on the Turkish coast, along with city breaks to Istanbul, propel Turkey into seventh place for the most-searched location for a summer holiday. Dalaman, Antalya, Bodrum and Izmir all act as the hot-spots for holiday arrivals to the many and varied resorts.
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Aphrodite’s isle is a consistent performer in the Med and its trump cards is a huge range of accommodation across all budgets and star ratings, from simple self-catering deals to high-end all-inclusive spa holidays.
It may well be scorchio here in the summer months but that doesn’t stop us Brits from looking for holidays on the Red Sea in resorts like Hurghada
Croatia takes the last spot in our top 10. The Adriatic resorts either side of Dubrovnik have been steadily increasing in popularity in recent years and offer excellent quality breaks.
After even more options? Within the Med there are the islands of Malta, Sardinia and Sicily to choose from, while Bulgaria is a cost-effective holiday option for summer. You could also consider the beach resorts around Agadir in Morocco as well as Marrakech itself. It’s also likely that holidays to the North African resorts in Tunisia will become available again.
Other great choices for 2016 holidays include Dubai, Thailand, the Mexican Caribbean resorts around Cancun and Cuba, and the Atlantic islands of Cape Verde.