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Island Breaks

Island holidays are increasingly popular as millions of tourists flock each year to the Canary Islands, Majorca, Minorca, Greek Islands and many more. It’s easy to see why island holidays are so popular, being surrounded by warm seas and sandy beaches is rather nice, and the large numbers of hotels and destinations has helped to make them easily affordable for even the most modest of budgets. Here are three of the best.

Majorca – The largest of the Canary Islands, Majorca welcomes over four million visitors each year to its sandy beaches and comfortable accommodation. Not only is the climate fantastic, it’s hot for most of the year making the holiday season any time from May to October, but even in November to April the temperatures are hot enough to justify a week’s break. The capital of Majorca, Palma, is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, making it the hub of the whole area with a real buzz about the place. Accommodation is affordable and mostly made up of all inclusive resorts and self catering apartments.

Minorca – Smaller than Majorca, and with a population of just 95,000 compared to Majorca’s  870,000, holidays to Minorca are a firm favourite among travelling Europeans. If you want to guarantee yourself uninterrupted sunshine then July is the time to go, with an average of just 3mm of rain for the month you’d be unlucky not to have 7 days of pure sunshine. However, if you want to travel out of season for your holidays to Minorca then keep an eye on websites who offer good deals in the low season, generally in May, September and October when the average highs are still above 20 degrees and the sunshine easily strong enough to get you a great tan.

Tenerife – Home to some of the best scenery in the Canary Islands, Tenerife is perfect for a family holiday of mixed activities. Kids can be kept happy with the number of zoos on offer, and the opportunity to swim with dolphins makes it a great place to visit. Boat trips to see the dolphins are very popular, as is the opportunity to scuba dive and snorkel to see the wide array of marine life which surrounds the island. If scenery is your thing then you should head to the mountains for a drive or walk along one of the many trails which have been signposted to enjoy the best views in the Canaries.


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