With the world’s busiest single-use runway at Gatwick Airport and the highest volume of international traffic at Heathrow, every year sees millions of holidaymakers depart the skies of London to take a well-deserved break from the norm.
However, organising flights, transfers, accommodation and insurance can be a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why more and more people are booking all-inclusive packages. What’s more, if you’re prepared to leave it late with a last-minute holiday, you can save a lot of money as well. Here are a few destinations to consider, which are easily reached from London airports.
From the fresh local food and delectable selection of wine to the long summer climate and beautiful coastal position, there are several reasons why Marmaris attracts so many visitors each year.
You can relax and enjoy pine-clad countryside, quaint traditional villages and unspoilt beaches here. But those interested in partying will be pleased to hear that there are endless clubs and bars on offer.
The largest and most populous of the Canary Islands is another sun-drenched holiday location that provides visitors with a wealth of activities, from thrilling waterparks to epic mountain hikes.
Tenerife has become well-known for its North Atlantic diving spots, while Teide National Park is home to the third-highest volcano in the world. The island’s year-long warm climate is also perfect if you just want to relax and unwind.
Although Crete has gained recognition as one of the most attractive Greek holiday islands, it was once home to the Minoan people, the earliest recorded civilisation in Europe.
Situated on the picturesque north coast, Rethymnon also boasts evidence of the island’s Venetian and Ottoman past, and has some excellent hotels, restaurants and amenities that any tourist could wish for.
The southernmost region of Portugal is another bright and balmy retreat available in many last-minute packages from the UK capital.
In addition to countless days on the beach, any visitor to Albufeira can also browse through beautiful local handicrafts, dine on mouth-watering seafood or play a round of golf. The evening entertainment is also first-rate in the summer, with local folk singers, dancers and groups performing for visitors in the Old Town district.
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
With over 20 miles of coastline stretching along Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is an incredibly appealing beach destination.
Families can enjoy waterparks, desert safaris and camel rides while older holidaymakers are able to go snorkelling in the shallow lagoons of the Red Sea amongst stunning corals and vibrant marine life.